Wednesday, March 6th 2013

MSI Z87A Gaming Series Motherboard Prototype Pictured

MSI displayed its upcoming Z87A Gaming Series motherboard. The company is yet to begin work on cosmetic details such as PCB color, heatsinks, component color scheme, etc., but a bulk of its development is complete. To begin with, the board uses a strong 16-phase VRM to power the CPU, which draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors. The CPU 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 in x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4 configurations, depending on how they're populated. Four x1 slots make for the rest of its all-PCIe expansion slot area.

Storage connectivity on the Z87A Gaming Series includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s slots, two of which are driven by a third-party controller. 8-channel HD audio, gigabit Ethernet, eight USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, two by header), dual-HDMI and DisplayPort display outputs; effectively make for the rest of the board. The same exact PCB could be used to create two SKUs, the Z87A Gaming Series, and the Z87A-GD65. Apart from a swankier color scheme and heatsink design, the Gaming Series variant could feature a few additional overclocking features.

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40 Comments on MSI Z87A Gaming Series Motherboard Prototype Pictured

Some PC enthusiasts are so gullible. "A gaming mobo". Right... Any respectible quality mobo will do everything this "gaming mobo" will do and for a lot less money. This board isn't even production ready. They are hyping it to create demand for a over-hyped product. A 16 phase VRM isn't necessarily any better than a 8 phase VRM, other than it might run slightly cooler but that isn't an issue as long as the VRM is properly designed and has a static heatsink.

I'm sure the gullible will be lined up to buy these with Mommy's money.
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What do you call people who would buy this motherboard for reasons other than "hype"?
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Batou1986 said:
what is the green stuff sprayed onto the chips ?
nickbaldwin86 said:
cover.... so you cant read the chip.
That makes more sense than what I thought: urban/gangsta/graffiti look. :pimp:
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it reminds me the old motherboard era
and this is prototype so, better wait for further development
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its pretty much a z77 gd65 but with the new nic and sound chips.

and im with the other guy, my msi z77 was nothing but a headache and i will be steering around them in the future too.
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natr0n said:
"I'm superficial and cant handle this boards color"
"I'm hipster and would love to build a retro looking pc with up to date features"

Now MSI needs to make a vga of the some style and get some 80mm fans too! ;)
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Added a poll. This should be interesting.
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nickbaldwin86 said:
This is 1150 right? Haswell board on z87


no likely MSI, bad luck has made me turn away from them and there are plenty of better brands.
Like Asrock, Biostar and Foxconn ?
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They need to come ot with color coding imo. Like Black/Red, Blue/White, Orange/Green, Yellow/Purple etc...,. Only prob I have is boards are becoming cheap, low quality but yet we pay a lot of money for them.
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I don't even understand how from five years ago to now, people care more about the colors of the board more than the performance.
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Delta6326 said:
No PCI awesome! lots of USB 3.0 awesome! right angled SATA!

Now we just need right angled 24/8pin.

Isn't this VRM a little overkill I though Haswell doesn't need this much?
Sounds like all the reasons (sans right angled 24-pin,) why I got my P9X79 Deluxe. :p

The 16+2+2+2 phase VRMs for this is over kill, and the ASRock Extreme11 with 24 is even more crazy. All in all, the current capability of the VRMs might be out of the park but they might have extra VRMs for better voltage regulation rather than better current ability.

I do dig the no PCI slot though, it was a goal for my rig when I was putting parts together.

boogerlad said:
I don't even understand how from five years ago to now, people care more about the colors of the board more than the performance.
You would be surprised how often people get butt hurt because they don't get something that would typically be considered commonplace nowadays such as PCB color. A lot of people like their computer to look just as nice inside as it does outside and a PCB that looks like a prototype isn't going to do that very well unless that is your theme. :p
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It depends, if that way the end user saves money I think it will only be dependent from the performance. :)
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T3RM1N4L D0GM4 said:
No PCI??

My Xonar DS starts crying...:cry:
Personally I really like the expansion placement on the MSI 990XA-GD55. You still get one PCI in case you need it but you're loaded right up with a ton of 1x slots.

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