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MSI X58A-GD65 Intel X58 (Socket 1366) Motherboard

Core i7 Support, ATX, DDR3 (max 24GB), 2 x USB3, 7 x USB2, 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 6 x SATA 3Gb/s, 2 x eSATA, SPDIF, Firewire, 7.1 HD Audio.

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CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features

LGA1366 Intel Bloomfield Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel Core i7 processors in LGA1366 package with integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4 GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/s. Intel Core i7 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Intel X58
The Intel X58 Express Chipset is one of the most powerful chipset designed to support the Intel Core i7 Processors with LGA1366 package and Intel next generation system interconnect interface, Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), providing improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also supports up to 36 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing better graphics performance.

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.

Memory Features

Triple-Channel 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2133(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The triple-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

Transfer Features

SATA 6Gb/s
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.

USB 3.0
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.

Overclocking Features

With its 3-in-1 combined design and special circuity, the DrMOS solution can drop the motherboards temperature by up to 16C when compared to 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.

Audio Features

Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio
Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Don’t be fooled by other inferior audio solutions onboard (sometimes you can’t even find the driver!) Only MSI offers the Loss-less 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear & vivid HD audio quality and support 7.1 channels surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel 3.5 inch phone jack.

Other Features

Military Class - 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 - ICY Choke
Compared to the traditional ferrite choke, the Icy Choke provides higher power efficiency and a more stable power supply, which also fulfills power users need for idealized environment with turbo speed and low operating temperatures.

Military Class - 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.

M-Connectors allow you to easily connect to front panel & chassis cables. By colour coding the pins it makes it easy to see what you should be connecting where.

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.

i-Charger Charger
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 i-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.

Live Update Online
The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

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.


Part Number X58A-GD65
Model Number X58A-GD65
Form Factor ATX form factor
Width 24.4cm
Depth 30.5cm

Processor Information
Compatible Processors Intel i7 Processors
Socket Type LGA 1366

Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Type Intel X58 / Intel ICH10R

RAM Installed / Max Capacity 0 GB / 24 GB
RAM Slots 6 x DDR3 DIMM
Supported RAM Technology Triple Channel DDR3 SDRAM
Supported RAM Speeds DDR3 2133(OC)/2000/1800/1600/1333/1066/800 Mhz

Expansion Slots
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI

VGA & Integrated Graphics Options
Video Controller N/A
Multi-GPU Support AMD CrossFireX Supoort
AMD SLI Support

Ports & Connectivity - External IO Panel (Back of Motherboard)
Ports Present & Quantity 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
1 x PS/2 Mouse port
1 x Claer CMOS button
1 x Coaxial SPDIF-out
1 x Optical SPDIF-out
1 x IEEE1394 port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
2 x eSATA ports
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
1 x 6 in 1 audio jack

Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
Ports Present & Quantity ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 3 FAN connectors
CD-in connector
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
1 x chasis intrusion connector
1 x serial port pinheader
3 x USB 2.0 connectors
6 x Serial ATAII connectors
2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
1 x Reset Button
1 x Power Button
1 x Overclock Switch
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x SPDIF-out connector
1 x TPM module connector

Storage Interfaces & Controllers
ICH10R 6 x SATA 3 Gb/s, Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell 88SE9128 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s, Support RAID 0,1 & JBOD
JMicron JMB362 2 x eSATA

LAN & Networking
Controller Realtek 8111DL
Lan Speed 10/100/1000Mbit
Ports 1 x RJ-45

Controller/Codec/Information Realtek ALC892
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec

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