Gigabyte has a teaser website up for their upcoming Z87 G1-Killer motherboard. The G1 Series are motherboards specifically designed for gamers and not only offer great designs but things like onboard KillerNIC’s and audio solutions from Creative. As the photo you see below suggests the G1-Killer Z87 board will feature an internal liquid cooling solution, much like the one on the ASRock Z77 OC Formula and which is also available on ASUS’s Maximus V Formula.
Intel’s expected launch of Haswell keeps on getting closer and closer and motherboard manufacturers are gearing up for it as they are working on socket LGA1150 motherboards for the new platform. MSI is one such manufacturer and they are teasing their new flagship motherboard that directly targets enthusiasts and overclockers. This motherboard is based off of Intel’s Z87 Express chipset and falls in MSI’s Big Bang series bearing the name Z87 XPower.
Normally you do not hear much about Intel’s own motherboard line. This is due to the fact that it really is not all that impressive and companies like ASUS and Gigabyte market their products a whole lot better. Intel has already announced it is going to back out of the consumer motherboard business, but that has not stopped them from creating boards for the upcoming “Haswell” platform. Below you see their DZ87KL-75K, which is their top enthusiast board for the upcoming Haswell Z87 Lynx Point platform.
It seems ASUS is working on a variant of their Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme motherboard. This board is made for people who may be tired of the red / black scheme on Republic of Gamers boards. The Rampage IV Extreme Black as you can guess has all an all black appearance, with a few grey accents here and there. Besides the color changes it is pretty much identical to the original board.
Workstation motherboards are made for some pretty intense tasks. With ASUS’s new P9X79-E WS motherboard you sure will be able to do a lot! The thing that really sets this board apart from others is that it has seven PCI Express 3.0 slots. So if you choose you are able to install seven single-slot cards or four dual-slot cards. The large number of PCI Express slots is great for users who have PCI Express-based video capture, RAID, and SSD storage components.
It has been quite a while since we have taken a look at a motherboard from Gigabyte. The last board we looked at was the Z77X-UD3H back when the Z77 chipset first launched. It has been quite a while since the Z77 launch and we are seeing a second round of Z77 motherboards appear. The Z77X-UD4H is part of of this new round of motherboards and builds upon the UD3H by adding some new features to the board. The Z77X-UD4H is a great motherboard for people looking to get into the Z77 chipset without having to drop a whole lot of money. Right now the Z77X-UD4H is selling for $164.99, which makes it one of the more inexpensive Z77 motherboards available. Don’t let the price tag fool you though, this board is filled with great features! Let’s dive in…
We have another look at an upcoming Z87 motherboard, this time it is from MSI. They were showing an early prototype of the Z87A Gaming Series motherboard. MSI has yet to really design the final color scheme, heatsinks, and PCB color, but most of the development of the board is done.
ASUS today announced the TUF Series SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0, the world’s first AMD-based motherboard to feature PCI Express 3.0 for use with next generation high performance graphics cards. Up to three DirectX 11 graphics cards with 28nm GPU technology can be used via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFireX to create desktop PCs with formidable graphics performance. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 also features renowned ASUS TUF Series thermal design for superior heat removal. Like all TUF Series motherboards, it undergoes military and server-grade testing to ensure absolute stability, reliability, and longevity. SABERTOOTH 990FX/GEN3 R2.0 is backed by a five-year warranty.
ASRock has launched the industry’s first mini-ITX motherboard that has a total of 8 SATA 6GB/s ports (1 of which is an eSATA port). The 7 internal SATA 6GB/s ports support RAID 0/1/10. The new FM2A85X-ITX is a socket FM2 motherboard that is based on the AMD A85X chipset. This motherboard is going to make many DIY NAS / media center builders happy. Being able to connect up to 8 hard drives means you are going to be able to store quite a lot of data!
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) products cater to gamers and hardware enthusiasts. Many of these same people attend LAN parties. No want wants to lug a huge system to a LAN party, it just is not fun. That is one of the reasons why ASUS has a “Gene” line of motherboards. These are micro ATX boards that are perfect for building a great LAN or small for factor system. Many people think micro ATX boards lack many features that normal ATX boards have, but the board we are taking a look at today is a ROG board. The ASUS Maximus V Gene features an all digital power delivery design in their Extreme Engine Digi+ II, a mPCIe combo card so you can add an mSATA SSD or a mPCIe card of your choice, ASUS’s own 8-channel Supreme FX III sound solution, CrossFireX and SLI support, and native PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0. That is just the tip of the iceberg there are so many features in this board you won’t believe it is only a micro ATX board! Read on as we take a look…