More next-generation motherboards show up to the 5th Generation Core party
While we may never know which came first, the chicken or the egg, we do know that next-generation 9 Series motherboards are arriving ahead of Intel's refreshed Haswell launch. Gigabyte is the latest to debut Z97 and H97 motherboards -- about a million of them (slight exaggeration) broken up into four different categories that include the G1 Gaming Series, Ultra Durable Series, Overclocking Series, and Black Edition.
"Gigabyte is excited to launch four new series of motherboards for the Intel 9 series chipset, each offering a host of new and unique Gigabyte features matched with Gigabyte signature quality and durability," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of Gigabyte Motherboard Business Unit. "Our 9 series motherboards also offer a future proof platform to our customers by supporting the latest 4th generation Intel Core processors including the soon to launch refresh and unlocked CPUs, as well as future 5th generation Intel Core processors, ensuring they will be able to take advantage of current and upcoming Intel technologies."
If you're looking for reliability over all else, the Black Series is where you should focus. Gigabyte says its Black Series boards undergo an extra 168 hours (7 days) of server-grade full system testing conducted at its new state-of-the-art testing facility in Taiwan.
We count 34 total motherboards spread out through all four categories, including a handful of Sniper boards like the G1.Sniper Z97. It features gold plated display and audio ports, high end Nichicon capacitors, AMP-UP audio technology, Killer E2200 networking, and a bunch of other goodies.
Intel's refreshed Haswell line is expected to launch next week. Broadwell, which is a die shrink of Haswell down to 14nm, is also expected to be compatible with 9 Series motherboards.