Solved What's difference between MSI Z77A-G45 and G65? Tags: MSI-Microstar MSI Intel i5 Motherboards Last response: October 22, 2012 7:10 PM in Motherboards Share full_out 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. More about : difference msi z77a g45 g65 williamjuly2003 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. full_out 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. Related resources Difference between MSI P67A-G45 and G65 - Forum GIGABYTE Z77X-D3H, MSI Z77A-G45 - 16/16/8, Airflow, SLI - Forum MSI 890GXM G65 - Forum Can the MSI Z77A-G45 run 2 GTX690 in SLi? - Forum Install cm hyper 212 evo on msi z77a-g45 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer williamjuly2003 October 22, 2012 6:01:50 PM You will have better temps for overcloking on G65 which is important for overclocking. full_out 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. full_out 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. mubin 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. Best solution mubin a b V Motherboard October 22, 2012 6:34:29 PM Share For overclocking, both will be same. Little difference is ignorable. No need to waste money on gd65 for extra slot which you dont need. full_out 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? mubin 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. full_out 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. mubin 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 full_out October 22, 2012 7:08:20 PM Cool, thanks for the help. full_out October 22, 2012 7:10:23 PM Best answer selected by full_out. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Need help deciding between MSI 890GXM-G65 and 880GMA-E45 Forum MSI Z77A-G45 or ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Forum MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt vs Asus P8Z77-V LK Forum Whats the difference ? Forum MSI motherboard differences Z77 chipset Forum H77 or Z77 Forum I3-3220 versus i5-3470; what 's the real-world difference ? Forum Amd radeon video cards. ( difference between msi saphire etc) Forum 1055t vs i53750kvs i7 2600k Forum What 's the difference between a hd7870 and a hd7870 ghz edition Forum What memory should I get? What is the difference between these? Forum Please help mother board not posting Forum This is what I am building, any pointers?? Forum "Reboot and select Proper boot device" Forum What can I replace the Wifi Antenna on my Motherboard with? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Motherboards categories BIOS Boot Chipsets ASRock Asus Chaintech DFI Elitegroup FIC Foxconn Gigabyte Intel MSI-Microstar !