The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H offers a lot of features for the price.
The world’s economy may be on the mend but a lot of people still want to justify every cubit spent on technology. For some people, spending $280 for the Asus Z87-Deluxe (reviewed in October) or even $260 for the Intel DZ87KLT-75K may seem exorbitant. Fortunately for you, budget-minded power user, Gigabyte has its GA-Z87X-UD5H board. OK, we’ll admit, $210 isn’t really budget, but you’ll see that it’s a pretty modest price given the board’s features.
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.
Heading into the weekend, Gigabyte announced the launch of its latest gaming motherboard, the G1.Sniper Z87. Gigabyte made the announcement at Blizzcon 2013, one of the biggest U.S. gaming events of the year. It's a fitting place to unveil the G1.Sniper Z87, which combines aggressive looks with high-end hardware like an AMP-UP audio feature and Killer E2200 networking.
Maingear calls its Shift Super Stock Z87 the Mean Green Machine and it’s hard not to agree with that moniker.
Is there any other way to describe a gaming rig with not one GeForce GTX Titan, or even two—but freakin’ three of them? Yes, three of the world’s fastest single-GPU cards all singing harmoniously together against the tyranny of slow frame rates.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.
I found nestled in my inbox this morning a note from Asus saying it's getting ready to introduce an "even more advanced version of SupremeFX on the upcoming Formula" board built for Haswell. Along with the note, Asus attached a teaser photo marking the recent evolution of SupremeFX (versions III and IV), leaving the world to wonder what it has in store for the next release. Care to venture a guess?
Haswell is coming and it appears Asus is prepared.
As summer approaches, so too does the launch of Intel's 22nm Haswell platform, the upcoming successor to Ivy Bridge. Barring any last minute delays, Haswell parts are expected to debut in early June, according to leaked roadmaps that have shown up online. At least one motherboard maker is ready. Asus posted a few teaser shots of its Gryphon Z87 mainboard, a next generation slice of silicon with a new socket.