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CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features
|LGA1155 Intel Second Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
|Intel Z68 Express Chipset
The Intel Z68 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.
|PCI Express Gen 3
With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.
|Virtu Switchable Graphics
Based on LucidLogix Virtu technology, MSI Z68 mainboard series provide switchable graphics, which allows users to enjoy both the graphics power of an integrated GPU and discrete GPU. It will switch to integrated GPU for HD movie playback, video transcoding and general applications to save system energy, or release full power for hardcore 3D gaming by switching to the discrete GPU automatically.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the new generation fully digital video/audio interface which can transfer 1080p High-Definition video and Audio output in single compact connector. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
|AMD CrossfireX Multi-GPU Technology
AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFireX technology allows you to expand your system’s graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system’s graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFireX gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.
|NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology
SLI technology allows using multiple Nvidia graphics cards in a single computer system with a mainboard equipped with an nForce SLI MCP. Users need an a mainboard with two PCI-Express 16x graphics slots and two matching GeForce graphics cards which are "SLI Ready". Most NVIDIA's PCI-Express graphics cards starting from the 6600 GPU can enjoy the benefits of SLI.
|Dual-Channel 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of DDR3 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications.
SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your mainboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It’s also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to to break the existing bottleneck of a PC’s performance.
Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute. MSI also has implemented a front panel USB 3.0 port, making the use of an external USB 3.0 device even more convenient.
|OC Genie II
Just press the OC Genie button or enable OC Genie II function in the BIOS menu and the CPU performance (P67 series) or the 3D performance of iGPU (H67 series) will be highly improved. Whether users want to watch a high bit-rate HD movie or go online gaming, both can be enjoyed with an image performance that is smoother and lag-free!
Instant OC is a motherboard monitoring tool that allows the user to intelligently auto set the clock speed and clotage of the CPU and memory to enable greater performance. Instant OC's user friendly interface has 4 pre-set Instant OC Modes.
With its 3-in-1 combined design and special circuity, the DrMOS solution can drop the motherboards temperature by up to 16C when compared similar motherboards with a more traditional MOS solution. This temperature drop helps extend the life of the board and brings increased stability when overclocking. DrMOS also combines the IC, bottom MOSFET and TOP MOSFET to make a smoother faster transfer of electricity across the board. The result is improved performance when compared to traditional decentralised MOS designs.
|THX True Studio Pro
THX is a trade mark of a high-end audio/visual reproduction standard for movies, home theaters, computer speakers and other audio devices. THX Certified Audio products are designed to let users experience movies & videos as if they were live shows. The true sound effect can make high definition video more powerful and realistic for the viewer.
|Military Class II - Hi-c CAP
8X the Lifespan of a Solid Capacitor!! Insisting on the best stability, MSI utilizes Hi-c CAPs on their Military Class series motherboards. Made of the rare element Tantalum, often used on space shuttles and satellites, which sustains very high temperatures and shows an amazingly high electrical conductivity.
|Military Class II - Super Ferrite Choke
The Super Ferrite Chokes (SFC) use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. Compare with a traditional choke, the Super Ferrite Chokes run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature. The lower working temperature will enhance mainboard stability.
|Military Class II - Solid CAP
10 years long lifespan. For providing the highest quality products, MSI built-in Solid CAP in the entire Military Class series. This not only makes bursting capacitors a non-issue but also ensures a dramatically extended lifetime and ultra-low ESR.
MSI ClickBIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.
|Active Phase Switching (APS)
Active Phase Switching (APS) technology is an intelligent design that helps to save energy on MSI’s mainboards. The underlying idea is to switch off the power supply as soon as no electricity is needed, and when the system needs more resources again, APS will automatically adjust electricity supply accordingly. APS will automatically detect your processor’s loading at any given time and save energy accordingly. This is only possible by means of a very advanced power controlling technology. Other than software-based solutions, APS technology stands out from MSI's own research. The specially developed IC chip can operate automatically depending on the demands of the power supply, which is to reduce the total power usage.
Compared to the common mainboard which needs extra BIOS chips, MSI’s M-Flash has a double advantage. Firstly it doesn’t need extra components and secondly all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.
Mobile consumer appliances are getting more and more attention in the current day fast moving life style, with smart phones and tablets almost becoming a fashion accessory. However, many ordinary personal computers cannot charge some of these devices, making it difficult to stay connected. The MSI Super Charger is a Windows resident program capable of revising the power supply mode of your USB port to become more powerful. Once your phone or tablet is connected to your USB port, the Super Charger sends a signal to initiate its charging circuit, making it a really smart and convenient charging solution for mobile computing needs.
Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.
|Live Update 5
MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.
3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drive efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to our competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.
|Part Number||Z68A-GD80 (G3)|
|Model Number||Z68A-GD80 (G3)|
|Compatible Processors||Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i3
|Socket Type||LGA 1155|
|Chipset Type||Z68 Express|
|RAM Installed / Max Capacity||0 MB / 32 GB Max|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR3 DIMM|
|Supported RAM Technology||Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM|
|Supported RAM Speeds||DDR3 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz|
|Expansion Slots Total (Free)||2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (running at x16)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI
|Video Controller||Supports Intel HD Graphics|
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports AMD CrossfireX
Supports nVidia SLI
|Ports Present & Quantity||1 x Optical SPDIF port
1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard port
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x IEEE1394 port
2 x RJ45 LAN Jacks
4 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x eSATA port
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
|Ports Present & Quantity||ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
6-pin ATX 12V VGA connector
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
1 x chasis intrusion connector
3 x USB 2.0 connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connectors
4 x Serial ATAII connectors
3 x Serial ATAIII connectors
1 x IEEE1394 connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x SPDIF-out connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x Voltage Check Point
1 x Power button
1 x Reset button
1 x OC Genie button
|Intel Z68 Express Chipset||2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
RAID 0,1,5,10 Support
|Marvell 88SE9128 Chipset||1 x SATA 6Gb/s
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
|Controller||Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit LAN|
|Ports||2 x LAN(RJ45) port|
|Controller/Codec/Information||Realtek ALC892 codec
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec
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