Our friends over at VR-Zone have revealed some very interesting details about the upcoming Intel Haswell refresh and Intel Broadwell platforms. The report shows that the new processors coming out of these platforms would only be compatible with new revised 9-series chipset motherboards.
ASUS’s Sabertooth motherboards have been a big hit since they were introduced, so there was no doubt there would be a Z87 Sabertooth with ASUS’s new line of Z87 motherboards. This board is of course built on the LGA1150 socket and supports Intel’s Fourth Generation Core Haswell processors. The Z87 Sabertooth still keeps the cool Thermal Armor that everyone loves, but adds on to it with the TUF Fortifier backplate. In addition to that you have things like the Thermal Radar 2, Flow Valve and Dust Defender. For those wondering about specifics this board features two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 and x8 electrical), a single PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (x4 electrical) and three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. There are 4 DIMM slots with memory support of up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory, eight SATA 6GB/s ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports and a plethora of other connections. Read on as we take a look.
The Mini-ITX form factor has been extremely popular lately since it is so compact, but still offers great features. MSI has introduced three new LGA1150 Haswell mini-ITX motherboards that are basically the same, but they will be running on different chipsets. These motherboards include the Z87I, B85I and the H87I.
We have detailed many of Gigabyte’s upcoming Haswell motherboards. These have included the G1.Sniper 5 and G1.Sniper M5, Z87X-OC and the Z87X-UD4H. Those were the more high-end motherboards, but what about the value boards? Today we are detailing Gigabyte’s sub-$150 boards based on the Z87 Express and B85 Express chipsets. The boards we will be looking at are the Z87-UD3H, Z87-D3HP and the B85M-D3H.
Gigabyte recently held an event at its Taipei headquarters to show off its AMP-UP integrated audio solution that will be featured on some of its upcoming motherboards. Since AMP-UP will be on upcoming motherboards Gigabyte showed their brand new G1.Sniper 5, and the G1.Sniper M5 socket LGA1150 motherboards, both of which are built for Intel’s Core “Haswell” processors. If you are familiar with Gigabyte’s G1.Killer series you know these boards are for gamers and enthusiasts.
We have been wondering when we would see the official launch of Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell desktop processors. Intel has released an image on their social networks that reveals the nanoseconds left (3,337,200,000,000,000) till the launch of Haswell. Looking at when the images was posted, the launch will happen the first week of June during Computex in Taipei.
A source close to Intel has revealed that the company has started shipping their upcoming “Haswell” processors to OEM’s (companies that sell pre-built systems). It looks like Haswell keeps on getting closer and closer and these shipments could be the first PCs created using the new chip. Intel is expected to make a statement about the launch of Haswell at the upcoming IDF Beijing conference next week.
Last week at CeBIT we saw many different companies show off Intel Haswell Z87 motherboards, ASRock included. ASRock also had something else pretty special to show at their booth, A custom Z87 mini-ITX gaming system. ASRock is actually pretty well knows for their mini PC’s, we have reviewed a few over the past couple of years. The system is made up of a few main parts. First the motherboard which is ASRock’s Z87-E ITX. Then you have a custom small form factor case that was co-designed by BMW DesignWorks USA.
At a private meeting held during CeBIT Gigabyte disclosed their upcoming Z87 motherboards. The motherboards start off the the flagship board which is the Z87X-OC, followed by the Z87X-UD5H, Z87X-UD3H and finally the Z87X-D3H. Like most of the socket LGA1150 motherboards being shown this week these boards are still under development. Gigabyte has still yet to finalize the the heatsinks and other features on some of the boards.
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