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What's difference between MSI Z77A-G45 and G65?

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October 22, 2012 5:32:26 PM

Title says it all. Looking to upgrade to the i5 3570K and am trying to decide on a board.
October 22, 2012 5:52:46 PM

There both good boards one just has a ton of more features than other and thats what your paying for.

I'd go for the cheaper one G45 its a bit silly to get the G65 if your not looking for all those extras.
October 22, 2012 5:55:31 PM

Is it better for overclocking? Because I want it for gaming and overclocking, that's all I care about.
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October 22, 2012 6:01:50 PM

You will have better temps for overcloking on G65 which is important for overclocking.
October 22, 2012 6:03:33 PM

Huh. The heat syncs on both boards look pretty similar, I figured cooling wouldn't be any different.
October 22, 2012 6:04:47 PM

Actually, nevermind. They are bigger on the G65. I think I'll just go with that, considering I'm looking at a $30 difference.
a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2012 6:32:13 PM

Is it a Z77A-GD65 vs z77a-g45?

gd65 has all three PCI-e 3.0 slot where g45 has 2xPCI-e 3.0 and one PCI-e 2.0.

Go with g45. Its enough for you with 2x3.0 pci-e. No need to spend extra money.

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a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2012 6:34:29 PM

For overclocking, both will be same. Little difference is ignorable. No need to waste money on gd65 for extra slot which you dont need.
October 22, 2012 6:45:33 PM

Is that really the only difference? The 3rd PCI-E 3 slot?
So you figure overclocking will be the same?
a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2012 6:53:16 PM

As long as same chip and same brand with same model, no difference. Little big heatsink will not make such difference.
October 22, 2012 7:01:43 PM

So I'm not much of a fancy feature guy. All I want is PCI-E 3.0, Ivybridge, and overclockability. Sounds like the G45 would be perfectly fine for me I guess.
a b V Motherboard
October 22, 2012 7:06:05 PM

Yes, its perfect with dual PCI-e 3.0 for multi gpu and supports IB cpu with overclocking. Also cost less than gd65. Will be great for you :) 
October 22, 2012 7:08:20 PM

Cool, thanks for the help.
October 22, 2012 7:10:23 PM

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