The MSi Z68A-GD80 includes a plethora of software features that make it ideal for the high-end market.

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The MSi Z68A-GD80 (G3) model is a high-end ATX motherboard that features what MSi advertises as the very first graphical user interface bios (UEFI Bios). The Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard includes support for Socket H2 LGA1155 CPUs which includes Intel i3, i5 and i7 quad core processors.

The MSi Z68A-GD80 (G3) motherboard features support for up to 32GB of DDR3 Dual Channel Memory (1066/1333/1600/2133) and full GEN3 PCI-E (x16) support to provide more advanced performance options when coupled with the power of an Intel Processor. The Z68A-GD80 includes additional expansion features such as 3 PCI-E (x16) slots, 2 standard PCI-E slots, 2 PCI slots, 3 SATA III slots, 4 SATA II slots with RAID (0/1/5/10), and a single eSATA connection.

The MSi Z68A-GD80 includes a plethora of software features that make it ideal for the high-end market. First and foremost it features a completely graphical bios that has a visually navigable user interface; the Bios setup interface can be used both natively and within the windows environment. Working in tandem with the graphical user interface the Z68A-GD80 motherboard also includes extensive OC Genie II overclocking software and support options making the board an ideal fit for serious overclockers. A unique Super Charger mode allows the power supply to adjust power routing so that external peripherals and media devices connected through a USB port can be charged while plugged in (Tablets, Smartphones, Media Devices). But even more advanced features for the motherboard include M-flash support which allows the Bios to be backed up, updated and even restored through an external USB flash drive, USB 3.0 functionality, HDMI version 1.4 support with inputs, combined Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossfireX support, and THX TruStudio Pro surround sound.

Technical Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Sandy Bridge Socket LGA1155
  • Chipset: Z68 (B3)
  • Memory:
    • Unbuffered Dual Channel DDR3 DRAM
    • Frequency:
      • Normal: 1066,1333
      • Overclock: 1600, 2133
    • Capacity: Up to 32GB Maximum
    • 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB DRAM Module Size Support
  • Expansion Slots:
    • 2 PCI-e Gen3 (x16)
    • 1 PCI-e Gen2 (x16)
    • 2 PCI-e Slots
    • 2 PCI Slots
  • On-Board SATA:
    • SATA II (Intel Z68 (B3) Chipset)
      • Up to 3GB/s Transfer Speed
      • Four SATA II Connection Ports
    • SATA III (Intel Z68 (B3) Chipset)
      • Up to 6GB/s Transfer Speed
      • Two SATA III Connection Ports
    • One 6GB/s eSATA Port Back Panel
  • USB
    • 1 USB 3.0 Internal Connector
    • 2 USB 3.0 Rear I/O Ports
  • Audio:
    • Chipset: Realtek ALC892
    • Azalia 1.0 Specifications Met
  • LAN
    • 2 PCI-e LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111E
  • IEEE1394/ Firewire
    • Chipset: VIA VT6308P
    • Two Ports
    • Up to 400MB/s
  • Dimensions:
    • 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor
    • 9 Mounting Holes
MSi Z68A-GD80 (G3) Motherboard I/O Connectors
  • Internal
    • ATX 24 pin power
    • ATX 8 pin (12v) power
    • ATX 6 pin (12v) VGA Connector
    • CPU Socket
    • System/ CPU Fan
    • 4 Internal Fan Connectors
    • CD-in
    • Front Panel Audio
    • Front Panel Ports
    • 1 Chassis Intrusion Connector
    • 3 USB 2.0
    • 1 USB 3.0
    • 4 Serial ATA II
    • 3 Serial ATA III
    • 1 IEEE1394
    • Clear CMOS Jumper
    • SPDIF-out
    • TPM Module Connector
    • Voltage Check Point
    • Power Button
    • Reset Button
    • OC Genie Button
  • Back Panel
    • Optical SPDIF-out
    • 1 PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard
    • Clear CMOS Button
    • IEEE1394 Port
    • 2 RJ45 LAN Ports
    • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
    • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
    • eSATA Port
    • DVI-D Port
    • HDMI Port
    • 6 in 1 Audio Jack
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