Aside from the Z87 MPower Max motherboard, MSI's trusty GD-series will also make a return. Photos of the Z87-GD65 Gaming have surfaced and reveal a Sound Blaster Core chip, which should improve on the 7.1-channel audio quality. The chipset is situated beneath a red and black heatsink, which is adorned with a dragon.
The new mainboard features three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, as well as three PCI-Express x1 slot. Also present is an mSATA slot. Six SATA 6 Gbit/s connectors are available for storage devices and the back I/O consists of USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub, PS/2 and a Clear CMOS button.
An extra 8-pin power connector has been added next to the CPU socket. MSI uses a 12-phase VRM and Military Class IV components on the board. There are also physical buttons for power, reset and easy overclocking.