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Computex Taipei 2013 - Yesterday we were kindly invited to the GIGABYTE headquarters here in Taipei, Taiwan where we got a full introduction to its line-up of new Intel Z87 Express "Haswell" based motherboards, ahead of Computex Taipei 2013 which begins next week.
We got a look at its new gaming, overclocking and mainstream boards. Stew from GIGABYTE was kind enough to run us through the range. We get a look at the G1.Sniper 5, G1.Sniper M5, Z87X-OC, Z87X-OC Force, Z87X-UD5H and more.
It was clear from our visit that GIGABYTE has focused heavily on audio for this range of boards with some pretty amazing features such as its O-AMP Premium audio system. My first impression of all the boards was that they all look great. It's not unusual to have a couple good looking boards in a series, but when they all look good, it was a big surprise, in a good way.
Our reviews of these Z87 boards will be published on TweakTown over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Computex Taipei 2013 - We visited GIGABYTE's HQ last night and were greeted to their new ultra compact PC, the BRIX. The fun didn't end there, as well as a tease of their upcoming BIOS for their Haswell-based motherboard range.
As you have probably seen in the video above, the user interface is gorgeous. GIGABYTE have packed the new-look BIOS with some serious details, which give you a run down of what your system is doing temperature wise, and much more. The background is customizable, so you can actually chuck in your own pictures if that's what you want to see. The entire UI runs in 1920x1080, which is something I think I can get used to.
GIGABYTE should win many more fans over with their new-look BIOS, on top of their boards looking incredibly sexy yet again.
ASRock shows off Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Waterproof Conformal Coating on Intel 8-Series motherboards
When we last took a look at ASRock's microsite for its upcoming Intel 8-Series motherboards, we learned of the new HDMI-In feature and before that, we got a glimpse of their new Purity Sound hardware. This morning ASRock has unveiled two new features present on its Intel 8-Series boards.
Up first is built-in functionality for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on the 5GHz band with data transferring speeds up to 867Mbps. The new boards will feature ASRock's 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0.
Up next is a new conformal coating that renders the boards waterproof for use in systems that feature liquid cooling. This cool new feature will also come in handy for the extreme overclockers who worry about frost build up shorting out components when using LN2. The coating is said to protect the board from conductive liquids, dust, corrosion and extreme temperatures.
This morning ECS officially announced its upcoming line of Intel 8-Series motherboards designed around the new 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new motherboard line will come in three flavors: Pro, Deluxe and Essentials.
The Pro series will be optimized for power computing, while the Deluxe line will be geared towards home and office use. The Essentials series will be better suited towards the home theatre or media center crowd who needs the power, but not necessarily the larger footprint of more feature rich boards.
All boards will feature ECS's new Durathon durability technology, which features triple density PCBs, solid capacitors and extreme testing. Additional features include ECS's exclusive Hyper Alloy Choke technology, Sound Blaster Cinema technology, 4-way video output (DVI, HDMI, Display Port and D-Sub VGA), EZ quick charger, Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III, 4K video output, ECS EZ Bios and ECS ADS (Anti-Dust Shield).
ASRock has announced that their top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac is the first Intel 8 Series motherboard to be awarded Thunderbolt certification from Intel. The Z87 Extreme9/ac is ASRock's highest performance motherboard designed for Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU's.
Now the maestros of motherboard manufacturing, ASRock is the world's first to add more of these wonderful Thunderbolt ports to the upcoming Intel 8 Series motherboards! What's more, the company's top-of-the-line Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard is the world's first Intel 8 Series motherboard to pass the Intel Thunderbolt certification. These Thunderbolt ports will come on ASRock's Z87 Extreme9/ac, which are allegedly arriving to the market very soon, along with dozens of other exciting new features, such as ASRock's A-Style.
We expect to see the Z87 Extreme9/ac at Computex during the first part of June. It, along with Intel's Haswell CPU's, should be one of the main highlights of the show.
For those who don't know, Thunderbolt is a connectivity platform developed by Intel that provides the ability to daisy-chain devices through a single Thunderbolt port.
A few days ago I broke the news on ASRock's upcoming 8 Series motherboards, and at that time the only detailed information available was on the audio hardware that would be featured on the upcoming boards. This morning ASRock has released a new slide and video on their 8 Series microsite that details how the technology really works.
In the video above it appears that the HDMI-in port functions as a pass-through to feed your devices HDMI signal to your monitor for things such as video streaming, gaming and large screen functionality. The HDMI-in feature works even when the PC is turned off, which I feel could come in very handy.
While this new HDMI-in feature is very cool, I personally am waiting on the demo video of the waterproof conformal coating that ASRock has said all the 8 Series boards would be coated in. This will greatly hinder board repairability, but with the high-end components being used these days, we no longer have to worry about leaking capacitors and burnt mosfets as much as we use to.
We're seeing more and more details from motherboard manufacturers and their upcoming Haswell-capable motherboards, with ASRock walking into the spotlight today with a bunch of details on their entire Z87 lineup of motherboards.
ASRock will be releasing 11 motherboards in the Haswell range, with top three of these boards featuring the Z87 Express chipset: the Z87 Extreme11, Z87 Fatal1ty Professional and Z87 OC Formula. The Z87 Extreme11 is available in the /ac option, which is on-board 802.11ac Wi-Fi for some seriously high-end wireless networking. This is ASRock's best board, and features everything you'd need - Thunderbolt, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, SLI/CrossFire compatibility, and more.
PC & Tech Authority have just posted a bunch of pictures of their exclusive look at Gigabyte's Z87X-UD3H motherboard, and boy does it look good. The Haswell-capable board features a slick color scheme consisting of black, grey and blue.
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H comes with three full-sized x16 PCIe slots, three x1 PCIe slots, and still, a PCI slot. There's eight SATA ports, 4 DIMM slots, on-board power/reset/CMOS clear buttons, and a SATA power connection that will give the motherboard more power if needed. Gone are the usual molex connectors for some more power, thankfully.
We had a very nice look at Gigabyte's Z87 G1-Killer motherboard yesterday and now we get to have a glimpse at their UEFI DualBIOS, which is looking absolutely gorgeous. It features the orange and black theme that we know and love from Gigabyte's high-end boards, which looks amazing.
There seems to be something I think Gigabyte should patent here, something along the lines of 'everything but the kitchen sink' when it comes to BIOS options. The new UEFI DualBIOS looks incredibly detailed, and should cater perfectly to enthusiasts and power users. I can't wait to get my hands on a few of these bad boys.
This seems to be the morning of microsite product teasers. ASRock has just released a microsite that is showcasing some of the upcoming features on the company's upcoming Intel 8 Series motherboards. We can expect to see features like next-gen Wi-Fi, waterproof coatings and custom cloud storage features.
The first teaser we get is on ASRock's Purity Sound technology, which is a combination of hardware and software audio solutions that feature 115dB sound to noise ratio. This is achieved by a Realtek ALC1150 chip feeding the data into a Texas Instruments NE5532 Differential Amplifier, which produces better sound quality over traditional Chip to Audio Capacitor technology.
Purity Sound will also be able to handle up to 600ohm headphones, and will reportedly feature ultra-clear bass with much less sound distortion. ASRock is also teasing us with several other features which the company will disclose more information on in the coming days.
Most notably is HDMI-IN, 2T2R Dual Bands 802.11 AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Additionally, we can expect to see the motherboards waterproofed by a conformal coating, which should make the water cooling and LN2 crowd very happy indeed.