When Intel launched their “Devil’s Canyon” processors last week they were exclusive to Intel 9-series motherboards. Well it looks like the chips are now supported on a large number of motherboards based on older 8-series chipsets (Z87, H87, B85, and H81), with a simple BIOS update from the manufacturer.
When ASUS launched their Republic of Gamers Z87 motherboards there was one that was missing, the Maximus VI Formula. They had already launched the Maximus VI Extreme, Hero, GeneZ and Impact boards. After a little while ASUS went ahead and finally launched the Maximus VI Formula motherboard. So why is this motherboard so special? Two things that really stand out about it is that it features the same Thermal Armor that ASUS has used on its TUF series of motherboards and it is the first ASUS motherboard to use the CrossChill hybrid air and water-cooling technology to keep the VRM’s nice and cool. Beyond that this is a Republic of Gamers board so you have Extreme Engine Digi+ III, SupremeFX Formula audio, Sonic Radar and a mPCIe Combo II with 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0. Does this board have it all? Read on as we find out!
When it comes to choosing any motherboard there are so many options out there. Many companies load up motherboards with great features, but sadly most users won’t even make use of these features. So inevitably we are stuck with very expensive motherboard that we never really make full use of. Today we will be taking a look at a motherboard at the lower-end spectrum as far as pricing goes, but it still offers a solid feature set. The motherboard in question is the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. This motherboard supports Intel’s 4th Generation Haswell processors and features 8 SATA 6GB/s ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, multi-GPU support, and a very impressive UEFI BIOS. Is this the Z87 motherboard for you? Read on as we find out.
ASRock has recently introduced their Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard for Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processors. This board is ASRock’s most high-end board and has many features that enthusiasts and overclockers will like. The thing that really stands out about this motherboard is the amount of storage you can have on it, there are 22 SATA ports!
ASRock has just unveiled their latest Z87 Motherboard in the Fatal1ty Z87 Killer Series. This gaming motherboard features the Killer LAN E2200 chip which should offer you a lag free gaming experience. This is the first motherboard in ASRock Z87 Killer Series and they plan to bring more boards to market at a later date.
ASRock has unveiled their flagship Z87 Extreme 11/TB20 motherboard at IDF13 San Francisco. Designed for the Haswell platform this board features an incredibly high-end design that features 22 SATA ports and dual Thunderbolt ports.
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.
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.
ECS’s LGA1150 motherboard launch was sort of boring last week, but there was a reason for that. They wanted to save their best motherboards for Computex and they have as they unveiled their flagship Z87H3-AH and Z87H3-AH Golden “Gank Machine” motherboards. The golden board of course has gold accents all around. The normal board has red and silver accents which make for a good looking board as well. Besides the different color schemes these board are identical.
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