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GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H Motherboard Review
     Wed, Nov 13 2013 | 11:21A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In designing the Z87X-UD5H, GIGABYTE took the design of the UD3H and enhanced it with added features and for optimal enthusiast-centric performance. The board layout and design was well thought out with some key design decisions differentiating the board from the competition. The inclusion of the CMOS battery and three fan headers to the left of the CPU socket was pure genius, giving better access to components and ports normally designed-in as more of an after-thought. The fan header location is especially nice for fan cable routing, giving the capability to customize cable size with enough ports provided for use with multiple air cooler fans or even a water cooling pump. "
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

GIGABYTE Launches G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard at Blizzcon 2013
     Tue, Nov 12 2013 | 5:38P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

As the Official Motherboard Sponsor of Blizzcon 2013, GIGABYTE Unveils Latest G1.Killer Gaming Platform, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 at Blizzcon 2013, one of the biggest US gaming events of the year. The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 combines our signature AMP-UP Audio feature set with Killer™ E2200 networking, gold hardware, ruthless performance and looks that could kill.

"The new G1.Sniper Z87 has PC gaming built-in to its DNA, an utterly compelling choice for any high performance PC built with fragging in mind," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. "It's fantastic to be here as the exclusive motherboard sponsor at Blizzcon 2013, and also have the opportunity to showcase our latest gaming platform to thousands of true hard core gamers."

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87
The latest addition to the GIGABYTE G1-Killer series of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard, is packed with an exclusive range of features that make it a champion's choice in the gaming arena.

GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio: Redefining Motherboard Audio
The G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard features a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give gamers more control over the game's audio, a crucial aspect of the modern gaming experience.

Exclusive Upgradable Onboard OP-Amp
GIGABYTE motherboards are the world's first to feature an upgradable onboard operational amplifier (OP-Amp). OP-Amps are commonly found in high-end audio equipment and offer not only amplification of the audio signal, but a superior audio experience generally. The motherboard's OP-Amp is mounted on a socket which allows users to physically switch out and try different OP-Amps which offer distinct and nuanced properties that make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like. Additional OP-Amps can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.

USB DAC-UP
Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to any Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from other USB ports; this is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations, ensuring the best audio experience possible.

Gain Boost
To optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, the G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard also features Gain Boost with onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device. Most OP-Amps are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom.

Creative Sound Core3D™
The G1.Sniper Z87 features a dedicated Sound Core3D™ audio processor from Creative, a multi-core sound and voice processor offering high-performance hardware audio processing, with leading-edge audio technologies including the latest SoundBlaster software suite.

Audio Noise Guard 
To help protect and insulate the Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard features an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential EMI noise at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

Nichicon Pro Audio Caps
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard uses the highest quality Nichicon
MUSE ES series bipolar audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and expansion to create a true Hi-Fi audio experience.

Gold Audio Plated Hardware

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard uses top quality gold plated hardware for improved connectivity and long lasting durability for the USB DAC-UP port, DisplayPort and HMDI ports and audio connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Sound Core3D™ audio processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

For more information about the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 motherboard, please visit:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4802#ov

To learn more about GIGABYTE G1-Killer series gaming motherboards, please go to:
http://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/335/gaming.html

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 9:31A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the MAXIMUS VI IMPACT, ASUS proved that a Mini-ITX motherboard can be as powerful as high-end ATX motherboards. This tiny socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel Z87 chipset is part of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) series and brings high-end audio interface, high-end voltage regulator circuit, and a lot of other features. Check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad review: first Thunderbolt 2.0 board
     Mon, Nov 11 2013 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z87-Deluxe/Quad is reserved for people who really want to use Thunderbolt in the future. If you belong to that group, there really isn't a reason not to buy this motherboard. Actually, if you're planning on building a new PC with Thunderbolt it wouldn't make sense to choose anything else but Thunderbolt 2.0, and right now this ASUS board is the only option on the market.
  FULL STORY @ DELUXEQUAD

Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up
     Sat, Nov 09 2013 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at Gigabyte's take on Intel's latest chipset that supports 4th generation Core Series Haswell processors, the Z87 Express. Gigabyte sent us a sampling of three motherboards that offer a broad overview of the options in the company's current Haswell-compatible motherboard line up: the solid and affordable Z87X-UD4H, their G1.Sniper5 gaming beast, and the Z87X-OC Force flagship overclocking board.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ASUS X79 Deluxe Review @ Vortez
     Thu, Nov 07 2013 | 11:21A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the few new motherboards to arrive on the scene after the launch of the I-BE range of CPUs, the ASUS X79 Deluxe looks to give the enthusiast everything they are looking for from a high end platform. The ASUS Deluxe range has been around for quite some time now and has always been regarded as the all-rounder, the motherboard that caters for everyone`s needs whether you`re an overclocker, gamer or for use as a media station."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ.NET

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
     Wed, Nov 06 2013 | 11:21A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS delayed the release of the Maximus VI Formula till after Computex 2013. We got a glimpse of the board at the ASUS booth and it looked at first glance like a TUF/ROG hybrid. The"
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS.BE

 
MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard
     Wed, Nov 06 2013 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“At first glance, the aesthetics of the MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard are impressive. It reminds us of the Z87A-GD65 Gaming ATX form factor motherboard that MSI already offers today. The question is, “Has MSI managed to pack all those features in a nice little mATX package? Can this board meet the demands of those seeking the performance systems? Let’s dive in and find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

refinement and specialisation of MSI motherboards
     Wed, Nov 06 2013 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We're seeing an increasing number of affordable gaming motherboards. Gamers tend to spend more on the CPU and GPU, the components that are most important for gaming performance. That's why we and other companies are designing more affordable gaming motherboards, with cheaper chipsets or Micro ATX instead of ATX.”
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

GIGABYTE GA-6LXSV Haswell Xeon Server Motherboard Review
     Mon, Nov 04 2013 | 1:06P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With new Xeon E3-1200 V3 Haswell CPU`s entering the market, there are plenty of motherboards to choose from. Let`s take a look at GIGABYTE GA-6LXSV."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

ASUS Maximus VI Impact review: extreme Mini-ITX board
     Sun, Nov 03 2013 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Implementing all of the extra features that belong on an RoG board on a compact Mini ITX board was a challenge, and ASUS had to come up with some clever solutions. The components for the CPU power supply, for example, have been put on a vertical PCB, and the SupremeFX sound card is also located on a separate PCB (which benefited the audio quality). Extra features such as a debug HEX display were also put on an extra little PCB between the I/O connectors. ASUS definitely achieved squeezing a large amount of features onto very little surface area.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

ASRock Z87 Killer and Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboards
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The most striking aspect of the Z87 Extreme11/ac is its 22 SATA ports. 16 of them can be used for professional SAS drives and are provided by LSI SAS3008 controllers. Two of the 22 ports are combined with two mSATA ports, located between the PCI-Express slots. Thanks to a PLX 8747 chip the board is suitable for both 4-way Crossfire and 4-way SLI. Other special features include two Intel Thunderbolt ports.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Review: Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Motherboard @ Custom PC Review
     Sat, Nov 02 2013 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the release of Intel’s latest Z87 chipset and their accompanying Haswell parts, many motherboard manufacturers are scurrying to put out their latest generation of motherboards and with some of the features we’ve seen from various vendors this generation, competition is fiercer than ever..."
  FULL STORY @ CUSTOMPCREVIEW

MSI Z87 XPOWER Motherboard
     Thu, Oct 31 2013 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MSI Z87 XPOWER Motherboard is packed with features as Military Class 4 components, OC Genie, Click BIOS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Killer NIC, Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0, 4 way SLI / CrossFire, 6Gbps SATA, USB 3.0 and much more! And best of all, it's designed for overclocking!
  FULL STORY @ TWEAK

ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Review @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Oct 31 2013 | 1:06P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With their Z87M Extreme4 ASRock have an mATX motherboard in their portfolio, which comes with a very reasonable price tag and other than that there is even a decent feature mix. On paper this sounds like quite a bargain then, but what will the results look like when we run the board through our benchmarking parcours?"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X
     Wed, Oct 30 2013 | 1:45P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the G1.Sniper A88X Gigabyte fills the gap between D3H and UP4. The gaming board with socket FM2 + is placed between the overclocking and upscale middle class. Our test shows how gigabyte transfers its gaming-concept to FM2+
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

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