- Brand: MSI
- Model: Z87-GD65 Gaming
- RRP: £150 (At time of the review)
When Micro Star International, MSI, started out in the computer business long ago in 1986, the mainstream computing industry for the masses was practically non-existent. You either had to be made of money or in one of the few jobs which allowed you to work on them to be able to use one. So a stark contrast to what we see today. MSI was one of the first companies to bring computers to the masses, not just at home but into differing industries such as education and communication, which has revolutionised the was we live our lives today.
In today’s market, MSI are one of the big players, dealing with a vast range of equipment from motherboards to graphics cards, and very recently have added to their standard ranges with Lightning and Gaming variants of popular motherboards and graphics cards. With innovation being a clear goal of MSI, this is reinforced with what we have seen with the Lightning and Gaming focused hardware, which are pushing boundaries whether it be with stability, longevity or overclocking. MSI are clearly making a statement of intent and are going toe to toe with the likes of GIGABYTE and ASUS.
Today, we have the latest offering from MSI’s gaming series of motherboards, the Z87-GD65 Gaming. Produced on Intel’s latest chipset for the LGA1150 platform. With a lot of similarities from its ancestor in the Z77 GD65 Gaming series, how will this new board compare? Can it build on the reputation and popularity of its Z77 brother? Will it be able to cope in an already overpopulated motherboard market? Well, I won’t keep you waiting any longer, let the testing commence..