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.
ASUS Republic of Gamers has finally made it official with the introduction of the Maximus VI Formula Z87 gaming motherboard. We first detailed this motherboard back in June when it was debuted at Computex. This ATX motherboard is ready for the latest 4th generation Intel Core Haswell processors and is based on Intel’s new Z87 chipset.
ASUS has revealed their Z87-C, the first ever motherboard in the world which is based on Z87 chipset that has been honored with Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certification for Windows 8.1. WHQL certification is the check of Microsoft that both the hardware and software of a component or device are reliable; basically it’s the verification from Microsoft that devices are totally compatible with a particular version of Windows. In this instance, the version of Windows that has to be authenticated is Windows 8.1.
Are you looking for a budget efficient motherboard which can rightly fit your needs and at the same time comes with reasonable performance? Well, the waiting is over since Gigabyte has released just the same kind of motherboard for the users. Gigabyte’s new F2A75M-DS2 motherboard is compatible with socket FM2 AMD CPUs and APUs which also includes the newest Richland’s platform. The motherboard isn’t exactly targeted at the overclockers since it offers a moderately low end 4+1 phase VRM for the socket FM2 and memory. It also uses a Micro-ATX form factor.
ASRock has unveiled their latest motherboard in the H87E-ITX/ac. This is ASRock first mini-ITX motherboard that features 802.11ac wireless networking. As you can guess by the name the board features Intel’s H87 chipset and supports Intel’s 4th generation core Haswell processors. The board has a 4-phase VRM and gets power from 24pin ATX and 8pin EPS connectors. There is room for up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory and there is a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The mPCIe slot is populated by the WLAN card.
Biostar, which is a manufacturer of embedded IPC solution, graphic cards and motherboards has launched their latest motherboard that supports AMD’s FM2 APU family, called the Hi-FI A85W 3D. It comes with Biostar in-house audio-technology known as the Hi-Fi 3D. It is an ATX form factor that features support for AMD socket FM2 APU and 4 DDR3 memory slots, packing in the typical high-end motherboard features like USB 3.0, HDMI ad PCI-E slots. For additional convenience BIOSTAR includes: Watch Dog, BIO Relief, B, IO-Flasher, e-Hotline, BIO-Watch, T-overclocker, GPU and Smart Speed LAN.
EVGA has just launched its flagship socket LGA2011 motherboard, the X79 Dark (model: 150-SE-E789-KR). This motherboard is basically designed for open-air benches which require a case that can accommodate E-ATX motherboards measuring 304.8×263.5mm (LxW). It extracts power from a combination of 24-pin ATX input, two 8pin EPS inputs and a 6-pin PCIe input to keep the power steady for add-on cards. Surplus features are found on the motherboard for CPU and VGA over clockers. EVGA set out a brand new UEFI setup program interface in addition to onboard controls, EVBot support, consolidated voltage measurement points which first appeared with some of its finest Z-87 based motherboards.
Zotac has announced a new mini-ITX motherboard for Intel 4th Generation Core processors in their H87-ITX WiFi motherboard. Of course as you can guess from the name the H87-ITX WiFi is based on Intel’s H87 Express chipset. ASRock says this board was designed for small form factor users that demand a compact PC without sacrificing performance or features.
For quite a while now ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) motherboards have been the top of the line motherboards which offer very high-end and unique hardware and software features. For this reason they are a top choice of many enthusiasts and gamers. The one thing that keeps these boards out of the hands of many people is the price tag. The top of the line Maximus VI Extreme is currently selling for $399.99, which is quite a lot to just pay for a motherboard. ASUS knows that and wanted to give people the chance to get their hands on a Republic of Gamers board. That is where the Maximus VI Hero comes in, at just $229.99 it will still give you many of the same ROG features without some of the more “Extreme” ones that you may not use. This motherboard is designed for Intel’s latest 4th generation Haswell Core processors using the LGA1150 socket. Read on as we take this motherboard for a spin and see what all it has to offer.
We know a lot about ASRock’s top of the line Z87 OC Formula motherboard. It has quite a lot of features specially made for overclockers, but one that really stands out is the conformal coating on the PCB. This protects the motherboard from conductive liquids, dust, moisture, corrosion, extreme temperatures, oxygen, Ozone and UV light. At Computex ASRock had a live demo of water running over a Z87 OC Motherboard that was powered on and running!