Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • 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
  • Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0: Uncompromised Game Response Performance
  • Super Charger: Quickly Charge your iPad/iPhone/smartphones even under S0/S1/S3/S4/S5 mode

Best Gaming Motherboard - MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING

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 Super RAID
  • • 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
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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.


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.

Network traffic
Game traffic
Other traffic

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.

VGA Boost

VGA Boost

MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to support gamers to fully engage in their virtual world.

VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI GAMING graphics cards when inserted in an MSI GAMING motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time.

This is all supported because of the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.

Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID 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

Gaming device port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming benefits

  • • more responsive
  • • smoother gameplay
  • • faster reactions

Technical benefits

  • • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • • 10x longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
  • • prevents oxidation and corrosion

Military Class 4 components

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

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.

Dark CAP

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

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.

Military Class essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions.
The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation.
On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.

Military Class 4 components
OC Genie 4
Gaming mode
Boost MORE!
* Features may vary according to your platform and model

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance. The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC_MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie".

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.


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.

Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0 is the latest GPU Virtualization technology allowing you to utilize your CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics cores in combination with a powerful discrete graphics card to get more gaming performance! Virtual V-Sync is the most important feature for gamers as it allows you to run at a smooth fixed framerate, without compromising in mouse responsiveness, which is the biggest drawback of traditional V-Sync.

Command Center

Total control

MSI's exclusive 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.

Graphical fan control & monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all fans' speed on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file. This feature is both convenient for pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited RAMdisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.

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!

Super Charger

With MSI Super Charger you can simply deliver MORE power 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.



Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot lightning fast, MSI added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system's BIOS when your motherboard powers on.


Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.


Dragon heat sink

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


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.


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











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Editors Choice Award
Conclude that MSI has really gone all out to target the gaming market as well as the enthusiast groups and delivering a mobo that both looks, sounds and performs great. Z87-GD65 Gaming really hits home in many of the things it does, it looks great with a ...
2013 Best Selection Award
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Analisamos uma série de placas-mãe com chipset Z87, mas até então nenhuma da MSI, uma das grandes empresas desse segmento. Hoje finalmente vamos mostrar uma placa da empresa, o modelo Z87-GD65 Gaming que, como o próprio nome já indica, é um modelo com car...
‘’ The price of this product is more reasonable and affordable compared against its competitor. The price fits gamer’s requirement.” In other words, with completed features, reasonable price, and amazing performance, we finally found that MSI Z87-GD65 Gam...
Editor's Choice
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Excellent Hardware
“Z87 -GD65 GAMING, the new version of MSI's gaming series turns out more than a success. The mainboard layout was not altered too much. At first glance, almost no difference can be stated with the previous model. Noticeable are the onboard buttons such as...
“With motherboards Z87 and Z77A - G65 - G65 GAMING GAMING, MSI confirms its ability to provide excellent models specifically designed for the players.„
Editor's Choice
“If money is tight then the GD65 Gaming is a great option.„
Editor's Choice
“The MSI GD65 Gaming blends great aesthetics, with a potent gaming package including high-end built-in sound, specialist networking hardware and comes in at a fantastic price point offering exceptional bang for buck.„
Editor's Choice
As the flagship offering in their Gaming series, the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming is truly a marvellous piece of technology. With a slew of gaming centric features, great performance and a reasonable price tag, the Z87-GD65 Gaming is a motherboard gamers should ha...
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Value add
United States
The MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming board sports an embedded E2200 Killer NIC from Bigfoot networks and Creative Labs Sound Blaster Cinema audio. For the most part, the Killer NIC does help balance the network during gaming and in some cases can improve latency. The ...
Editor's Choice
“The MSI GD65 Gaming blends great aesthetics, with a potent gaming package including high-end built-in sound, specialist networking hardware and comes in at a fantastic price point offering exceptional bang for buck.„
Editors TIP
“given the price of this motherboard offers superior equipment and decent overclocking potential, to have something and players who want the games really good sound and guarantee minimum Lagová due to side of the computer.„ “Gambling series from MSI witn...
best price & presentation
• high quality • excellent sound system • good built-in network card • good presence and quality • mSATA connection • goos price
Editor's Choice
“Motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming - a good choice for building a productive PC with Intel Haswell processors. Some interesting features allow you to distinguish it from the numerous number of classmates. The device looks extraordinary. most gamers will app...
“When you open the box and see the Z87-GD65 GAMING for the first time. you’ll spend the first few minutes drooling over the design. it really is a thing of beauty. Not adorned with logos or silly heat-sinks. just clean and tidy. even the dragon heat-sinks...
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With Intel’s new chipset introduction it was only a matter of time till we had the new boards from MSI. Now that we have it, let’s see what you get with the new Z87-GD65 Gaming!
“MSI Z87 chipset motherboards are stabile. and ready for very intensive usage with it's Military Class 4 components. Performance of this board was better than Intel's reference board. it's OC ability is also very high.„ “For tuning MSI is offering OC Gen...
“The dragon motif is carried on the motherboard. The PCH heatsink features a red dragon. which is cut from the black metal. The heatsinks for the VRM's also feature dragons. but subtle. The board is. apart from the red accents on the heatsinks. entirely i...
United States
At the price of $187.99 the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard is both aesthetically pleasing and a rock solid performer.
Price Performance
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Editor's Choice
“There is no longer a drastic performance differenc between motherboards anymore. That is why extra features is more important. MSI is focusing on this and making a very good job. Best BIOS we've ever seen. great sound features. mSATA port. Voltage points...
High performance
“There is no longer a drastic performance differenc between motherboards anymore. That is why extra features is more important. MSI is focusing on this and making a very good job. Best BIOS we've ever seen. great sound features. mSATA port. Voltage points...
Great design
“There is no longer a drastic performance differenc between motherboards anymore. That is why extra features is more important. MSI is focusing on this and making a very good job. Best BIOS we've ever seen. great sound features. mSATA port. Voltage points...
Editor's Choice
United States
At the price of $187.99 the MSI Z87A-GD65 Gaming Edition Motherboard is both aesthetically pleasing and a rock solid performer.
Editor's Choice
MSI se suma al lanzamiento de la serie Z87 de Intel con un producto basado en el concepto gamer otorgando cualidades importantes para exprimir al máximo la arquitectura Haswell con un diseño atrayente y muchas cosas más que te mostramos a continuación.
5/5 stars
“Despite we expected more from Haswell. in particular from model i7-4770K.on the other hand the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming fully satisfied the expectations. proven to be stable and fast during all the tests. never showing any kind of week point.„
Editor's Choice
“Beafutiful. stable. powerful. high performance. On online games provides advantage and very reasonable price.„
Gold award
United States
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The choice of gamers
“Motherboard MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING is a high performance solution that includes many innovative technologies from MSI. Based on it. you can build a powerful gaming station and get a really great pleasure. plunging into the world of modern video games.„
Gold award
“One particular aspect which we love about GD65 is the Click BIOS 4. To fully understand why. the BIOS needs to be experienced by the user. The design MSI have used is pleasing to the eye. not too garish and is fluid and accurate. It’s simply one of the b...
Editor's choice
United States
Editor's Choice
United States
MSI has graced our motherboard review pages a few times recently, most notably only a short while ago with the Z77-GD65 GAMING motherboard, a product that showcased MSI's new focused design philosophy of delivering products specifically tailored around ce...
Editor choice
United States
The MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Motherboard offers many features you would expect to find on a more expensive Gaming Series motherboard but at a reasonable price of $189.00 USD. The GD-65 Gaming comes equipped with the new Intel Z87 chipset and houses the new LGA...
Gold award
“MSI have laid the gauntlet down to all the other manufacturers. Gorgeous to look at. blistering performance and all at a very affordable price. the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming is not only the new benchmark for Z87 motherboards. but probably for all motherboards....
  • Socket
  • CPU (Max Support)
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) HMz
  • Memory Channel
  • DIMM Slots
  • Max Memory (GB)
  • PCI-Ex16
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16,0,0), (8,8,0), (8,4,4)
  • PCI-Ex1
  • mSATA
  • RAID
  • TPM (header)
  • LAN
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Coaxial / Optical SPDIF
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • DVI
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
  • DirectX
  • Form Factor
  • SLI
  • CrossFire


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• 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


• Intel® Z87 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


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

On-Board SATA

SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z87 chipset
- 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s port*
- Supports six SATAIII ports (SATA1~6) by Z87
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed. 

• SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM1061 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports two SATA ports (SATA7~8) by ASM1061
* The SATA6 port will be unavailable when a SSD installed in the mSATA port.
** Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

- SATA1~6 ports support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI / RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z87  


• 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 


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


• 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.


• Supports ATI® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• Supports Lucid® Virtu Universal MVP 2.0
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8. 

Internal I/O Connectors

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 1 x mSATA port
- 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 Multi BIOS Switch
- 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 2 x System panel connectors
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1 x V-Check Points Set (7x V-Check connectors)
- 1 x GO2BIOS button
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x OC Genie button
- 1 x Reset button
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 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, 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

This plarform supports dual-display and triple-display function


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

Clone mode
(Monitors have the same screen)




• 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.  


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


• 9 mounting holes. 



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