The annual expo CeBIT 2013 took place in Hannover, Germany, in early March. It is there and then that MSI announced its gaming product series which currently includes notebooks, all-in-one PCs, graphics cards and mainboards. These products share an aggressive black-and-red color scheme and use a cute dragon as the series logo.
Talking about gaming mainboards, we recall the Republic of Gamers series from ASUS in the first place. Then, there is the G1-Killer series from Gigabyte, which was introduced a couple of years ago. These two product lines are completely different, offering specific advantages, and MSI's gaming mainboards also have one special feature of their own. It becomes clear when you take a look at the list of available models (by the time this review is published, Intel’s new platform will have already been announced, so this list is going to be complemented with LGA1150 products).
Gaming mainboards from ASUS and Gigabyte are special solutions that have little in common with ordinary mainboards from these brands. Sporting a large number of additional controllers and technologies, they are expensive whereas MSI's gaming products have the familiar names of the company's mainstream and even entry-level mainboards with the addition of the "Gaming" designation. While it’s good that enhanced capabilities can be had for little money, we wonder what the difference is.
It’s been a while since we tested the MSI Z77A-GD65 mainboard. We found it to be an ordinary enough product, without any special advantages, yet also without serious flaws. So, we are curious to check out the MSI Z77A-GD65 GAMING model now to see how it differs from its non-gaming cousin.