Motherboards based on Intel’s upcoming 7-series chipsets were lurking in every corner at CES this week. We’ve already told you all about the Gigabyte models; MSI, too, had a couple of Z77 boards on display. Here’s the Z77A-GD65:
…and the Z77A-GD80:
Both boards have three PCI Express 3.0 slots, four USB 3.0 ports, and four 6Gbps Serial ATA ports. They have room for up to 32GB of DDR3-2667 RAM, if you can find enough memory that runs that fast. MSI tells us that both boards also have the same EFI refinements introduced with the company’s X79 offerings.
The Z77A-GD80 has more power phases than its little brother and, believe it or not, built-in Thunderbolt support.
MSI was also showing off its Command Center app for iOS, shown above running on an iPhone. An Android version of the app is coming, too. Command Center lets you tweak overclocking settings and monitor everything from fan speeds to voltages. It connects to the host motherboard through Wi-Fi.