Z97-GD65 GAMING

Intel® Z97 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • mSATA + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Super Charger: Quickly Charge your iPad/iPhone/smartphones even under S0/S1/S3/S4/S5 mode

Let the games begin

MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The best gaming weapons at hand

  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
  • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • Blazing fast booting with Smart Utilities
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading
  • Video
  • Video
  • Video

Killer™ E2200
Game Networking

Kill your lag!

The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

EXAMPLE: Top 3 applications by Total Traffic
Battlefield 4 (89%)
Internet Explorer (9%)
Origin (2%)
Game
traffic
Network
traffic
Other
traffic

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

 

Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

  • Studio level Integrated 600Ω Headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
ALC 1150
Unamplified signal
OPA1652 amplifier
High quality audio capacitors
Amplified & filtered signal
Golden audio jacks

Top quality audio
with Sound Blaster Cinema

SoundBlaster Cinema features

Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.

SMART UTILITIES

With MSI Smart Utilities you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.

Easily Setup The Latest Technologies:

  • Intel Smart Response
  • Intel Rapid Start
  • Intel Smart Connect
  • *Features may vary according to your platform and model

SteamOS support
out of the box

MSI is committed to PC Gaming and that is why MSI GAMING motherboards support SteamOS by default. Because of this, MSI works close with numerous tier #1 system integrators that released their popular SteamBOX PC's.

Military Class 4

Military Class 4 components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Hi-c CAP

Hi-c CAP

A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Super Ferrite Chokes

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Dark CAP

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Focus on quality

We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years.
To achieve the highest quality the MSI GAMING motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.

We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.

Focus on quality
Gaming Device Port

Gaming Device Port

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize it's speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.

Gaming benefits
  • More responsive
  • Smoother gameplay
  • Faster reactions
Technical benefits
  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.

Performance boost modes
Laggers
OC Genie
120%
* Features may vary according to your platform and model
OC Genie 4

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.

Click BIOS 4
 

Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

 

Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.

 

OC Profiles preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and you can save up to 8 profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX/VirtuMVP 2.0

MSI GAMING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

Software

Software

Live Update 6

MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.

Command Center

MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Unlimited RAMDisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Load complete game images
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
 

Super charger

With MSI Super Charger you can simply deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console.
This allows you to quickly charge these devices for use when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

Super charger

Smart Fan Control

Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;

  • Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans
  • Set profiles
  • Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.
Smart Fan Control

Dragon Heatsink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heatsink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heatsink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

Dragon Heatsink

Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

OC essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on gaming and be confident that you have the tools to maximize your performance.

  • Multi-BIOS II
  • V-Check Points
  • Debug LED
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Easy Button 3

Package content

What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick gaming case badge and a stylish gaming I/O panel.

 
 

 

 

 



1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.

 

  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • FSB / Hyper Transport Bus
    100MHz
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) HMz
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • mSATA
    1
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    3
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16,0,0), (8,8,0), (8,4,4)
  • PCI-Ex1
    4
  • SATAIII
    8
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    6
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • TPM
    1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Coaxial / Optical SPDIF
  • VGA
    1
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    512
  • DirectX
    DX11
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • SLI
    Y
  • CrossFire
    Y

 

1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.

 

 


CPU 

• Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® Processors for Socket LGA1150
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
 


Chipset

• Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
 


Main Memory

• Support four DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) MHz DRAM, 32GB Max
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
 


Slots
 

• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x4/x4 modes)
• 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots 
 

 
Onboard Graphics
 

• 1 x VGA port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
• 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
• 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 24bpp/ 2560x1600@60Hz, 24bpp/1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp

 

  

Multi-GPU 

• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8. 

 


On-Board SATA

• Intel Z97 Express Chipset
- 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s port*
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6)
- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
- Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start
- Technology and Intel Smart Connect Technology*

• ASMedia ASM1061 Chipset
- 2x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA7~8)
* The SATA6 port will be unavailable when a SSD installed in the mSATA port.
** Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  

 


USB
 

• 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
• 8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB connectors*)
*Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger 
 


Audio 

• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output 
 


LAN 

• 1x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
* The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.
 

 
Internal I/O Connectors
 

- 1 x 24-Pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- 2 x System panel connectors
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1 x TPM module connector
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 7 x V-Check points (7x V-Check connectors)
- 1 x GO2BIOS button
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x Reset button
- 1 x OC Genie button
- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
- 1 x OC Genie mode switch
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED

 


Back Panel I/O Ports
 

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF-out port
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out  port
- 2 x USB 2.0  ports
- 4 x USB 3.0  ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN jack
- 6 OFC audio jacks
- 1 x VGA port
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 1 x HDMI port


This plarform supports dual-display and triple-display function
 

  VGA+DVI-D DVI-D+HDMI HDMI+VGA HDMI+VGA+DVI-D

Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to the second
and third monitor)

Clone mode
(Monitors have the same screen)





 



 


BIOS
 

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.  
 


Dimension
 

• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.4 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor 
 


Mounting

 

• 9 mounting holes. 
 

 

 

1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.

 

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