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 seemed like everyone was showing Z87 prototype motherboards at CeBIT this past week, but ASUS was not one of them. They did not even have a motherboard booth at the show. They do want you to know that they are working on Z87 so they have released a few teaser images. These images include a Z87-Deluxe, Gryphon Z87, and some type of Republic of Gamers (ROG) accessory.
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.
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.
Gigabyte showed quite a few Z87 motherboards at CeBIT already and now it is ASRock’s turn. ASRock is showing two Haswell-ready LGA 1150 motherboards at CeBIT. The first is based off the Z87 chipset and is the Z87-Extreme6. The second is based off the B85 chipset and is simply called B85M.
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.
As the year goes on we keep expecting a Haswell CPU series release from Intel. Most people expect this to happen around Computex time (June 4-8). With Haswell it is already been speculated that the platform will be called Z87 and will be the mid-range solution. This is old news and something that we have have known for quite some time. According to TweakTown the next generation of performance range CPU’s will be coming by the end of the year and not in 2014 as many people thought.
Not much is really known about Intel’s upcoming Haswell Z87 chipset, only that it is in development. Today we get quite a lot of information! German website Computer Base has released Intel Confidential slides that show Intel’s desktop board release dates for Z87, H87 and Q87 chipsets. They also have posted a roadmap slide that goes into detail about each board and their features. Read on to see the slides and find out more information about the boards.