Z87-GD65 Gaming Applications
When packet prioritization is your priority, why not go with one of the originals? That appears to have been MSI’s thought when implementing a Qualcomm/Atheros Killer E2205 into its latest Gaming-series board. The associated application occupies five screen shots, though I found default settings adequate.
The Z87-GD65 includes SoundBlaster Cinema software, complete with a sound mixer, Crystalizer fidelity enhancement, Smart Volume sound level equalization (the opposite of Crystalizer), and Dialog Plus vocal audio volume enhancement. Users who don’t want any of those features will also find an MSI-skinned version of Realtek’s control panel.
MSI Super Charger increases the available current through specified USB ports for decreased charging times on portable devices.
Other applications include MSI’s Live Update 5, which scans for application, driver, and firmware updates automatically. Though it appears unchanged from the above-linked review, curious readers can find additional screen shots in our image gallery.
Could we see some MBs around the $130-$140 mark? They're the interesting ones IMO, and would toast most of these in terms of value.
OTOH, the launch coverage said that was at 1.2V, while this is 1.3V, so I guess a few hundred MHz extra is reasonable.
Lot more variation than on IB's review: http://media.bestofmicro.com/X/O/335580/original/image019.png
If you have one of the affected drives and can't be bothered to reconnect it when it goes offline, wait a couple weeks and buy a board from the new batch.
The differences between boards in today's review are overclocking, power consumption, and onboard features. None of those things will change with the new PCH batch, and firmware updates should improve both batches equally.
Can you guys please test 6 SSD in Raid 0 on these mobos ? this is the only Advantage of upgrading to a Haswell over ivy/sandy bridge.