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The Intel DZ87KLT-75K includes a USB Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth adapter that attaches to the inside of your drive bays.

LGA1150 is here to stay—get used to it

We’ve seen a mixed reaction to Intel’s new Haswell CPU and LGA1150 socket from enthusiasts. Some, like us, see it as a solid piece of hardware with welcome improvements for the platform if upgrading from older hardware. Others have unfurled “Don’t Reboot Me” flags and refuse to give up on their LGA1155 socket until we pry it from their warm, moist hands.

Note: This review was originally featured in the November 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Asus Z87-Deluxe Review

With the exception of Goldmember, PC users may miss the old blue heatsinks.

Finally, all SATA 6Gb/s on an Intel board!

Motherboard shopping used to be like buying a Model T—you could buy any color you wanted as long it was black. Today, we have a serious Nerd World problem in the dizzying array of motherboard choices, with Asus offering no less than 10 Z87 boards just in its “standard” line, at prices that range from ultra-budget to luxury.

Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.

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Asus P8Z77-V Premium Review

Asus P8Z77-V Premium

LGA2011 boards have always occupied the luxury side of town, whereas LGA1155 has been pretty blue collar. Not anymore. Asus’s new P8Z77-V Premium pretty much shatters the idea that LGA1155 boards are low rent.

The Asus P8Z77-V Premium comes fully loaded with features, including Wi-Fi antennas.

 

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Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH Review

Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH

It’s commonly understood that if you can run Thunderbolt, you probably also snack on Beluga caviar, wear a Patek Philippe watch, and vacation in a country only rich people know about: Grenyarnia.

Not so, actually. Thunderbolt apparently doesn’t require you to smash the piggy. This is no more apparent than with Gigabyte’s Z77X-UP4 TH. What the TH stands for we don’t know for sure, but we’re guessing it has some relation to Thunderbolt, which the Z77X-UP4 TH has in spades.

 It’s hard to believe you can get a board with not one, but two Thunderbolt ports for under $200.

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Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Review

MicroATX board shoots for your dollar

Gigabyte’s G1.Killer series of motherboards have always been love-it-or-leave-it affairs. While some laud the gun-shaped heatsinks of the series, others think them garish or just plain tacky.

The G1.Sniper M3 gets you SLI and CrossFireX in a compact package