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GA-Z87X-OC To Lead GIGABYTE's LGA1150 Motherboard Pack

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  1. btarunr

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    At a private media unveiling held on the sidelines of CeBIT, GIGABYTE disclosed its next-generation flagship motherboard, the Z87X-OC. Like most socket LGA1150 motherboards unveiled this week, this one is still under development, and the company is yet to finalize color-scheme and heatsinks for the PCH and VRM, so don't judge it by its looks just yet. The Z87X-OC is designed primarily for overclockers.

    The LGA1150 socket is powered by an 8-phase VRM, which draws power from a combination of 4-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, in addition to the board's 24-pin ATX connector. To stabilize the board's various power domains, you can optionally plug in a 6-pin PCIe power connector. The board gives overclockers a high degree of physical on-the-fly voltage control, and measurement points. One of the chipset's four USB 3.0 ports are wired out as a type-A port on-board, letting you install and run your Windows 7/8 installation off a USB 3.0 flash-drive.

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    The LGA1150 socket on the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC ; x8/NC/x8 ; x8/x4/x4). The bottommost long PCIe slot appears to be electrical Gen 2.0 x4, wired to the PCH. A PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and two legacy PCI slots find room in the middle.

    Connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s internal ports, a total of nine USB 3.0 ports (six of which are driven by third-party controllers), HDMI and DisplayPort display outputs, 8-channel HD audio, PS/2 mouse/keyboard combo, and gigabit Ethernet. We expect the Z87X-OC to be part of the company's first wave of LGA1150 motherboards. Find more pictures at the source.

    Source: Lab501.ro
     
  2. radrok

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    I was ready to jump at the colour scheme :laugh:

    I like the PCI slot choice though, can't hurt to have them around when you carry legacy sound cards.
     
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    Nice buttons there.
     
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    Im noticing little or no vrm cooling on all these boards. I guess they don't need it.
     
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    Every year they display motherboards without VRM cooling, they just have to show the layout.

    Heatsinks are not that important when the product isn't going to be powered on.

    I also bet that most of those motherboards prototypes aren't fully functional anyway.
     
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    They should have just eliminated PCI from the board all together. I'm sure they could have found 2 PCI-E links somewhere. :p I can also see holes for mounting a VRM heat-sink.
     
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    On a second thought, I really don't like the BIOS battery location.

    This is just nitpicking though :|
     
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    I just realized that next to the SATA ports there is a spot to provide the board 6-pin PCI-E power.
     
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    Yeah, good to know they can make that 90 degrees, but not the 24 Pin and 8 Pin.
     
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    A lot of cases struggle to deal with a full-width board with right-angled 24-pin.
     
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    Fixed. Those buttons are nice but they'll be useless once you put this mb into a case (which is mostly of us do).
     
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    It's designed primarily for overclockers, some of which don't put their boards in a case.

    If you put the board in a case, the buttons won't ruin it for you. But if you run it on a test bench to take a sub-zero 3Dmark record, you might want them, and Gigabyte wants people to do that so that you'll be impressed and buy the board.

    I do notice that they've taken a roughly 75% hit in the VRM phase-count vs. the Z77 version of this board.
     
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    Yes, I have noticed these boards are very cluttered together to begin with.
     
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    That's the one thing that is making me like Gigabyte more and more is their placement for that. Hell a lot easier to do than taking a card out of the slot.. Even more so when there is water involved.. But, like you said.. personal thoughts.
     
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    This, also for the minority of us who uses test benches as cases the buttons are very handy.
     
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    Nothing like ugly switch wiring hanging off the test bench. I too like the flexibility of this board and it been a while since I've been excited about a new mobo.

    :toast:
     
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    nooooooooooo.... im just finishing my z77 build :banghead:
     
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    I'm digging the black caps
     
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    This mobo looks good and clean.
     
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    You can only use this mobo one day of the year: Halloween
     
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    Perfect. I would buy this in a heartbeat if the price is right and haswell has a decent ipc increase.
     
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    Looks very good and I like the layout my only complaint I have is like all the other M/B, has to many PCI if your going to have legacy slots at least leave it to just 1, the bottom PCI should be a PCI Express ×1 as the first one will get blocked and anyone using new card wont be able to use their PCI Express ×1 card.

    EDIT: forgot PCI Express ×1 can fit in any slot, just looks funny.
     
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    So whats the advantage of Z87 of Z77?
     
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    1150 cpus :roll:
     
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    That and finally six native SATA3 on an Intel chipset.
     

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