Gigabyte Technology, the world’s second maker of computer mainboards, is preparing an ultimate motherboard for Intel Core i-series “Haswell microprocessor based on Intel Z87 core-logic set. The new Gigabyte GZ-Z87X-OC platform is designed to set up performance records by professional overclockers.
Gigabyte Technology is well respected among enthusiasts for its high-quality mainboards with a number of unique features. Motherboards from the company have many times set performance records in terms of overclocking potential. However, what Gigabyte has done only once in its history was creation of a platform for professional overclockers, which features heavy-duty components, advanced power circuitry, special design for liquid nitrogen cooling as well as EATX form-factor for maximum expandability and . It looks like this is going to change.
Lab501.ro web-site has published photos of Gigabyte GA-Z87Z-OC motherboard for next-generation Intel Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors in LGA1150 packaging, which features numerous unique capabilities aimed at overclockers and performance enthusiasts, including numerous onboard buttons and switches to control not only CPU multiplier, but also BCLK of microprocessors, a new for unlocked Core i7 and Core i5 “Haswell” products. The mainboard will continue to utilize the IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier, 2x copper printed-circuit boards and high current ferrite core chokes rated up to 60A which together are able to deliver up to 60°C cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards.
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC comes with four PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI slots, six Serial ATA-600 ports, four DDR3 memory slots and so on. It is noteworthy that the mainboard features a USB connector as well as a PCIe auxiliary power connector near SATA ports for maximum convenience of overclockers.
The new Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC mainboard for Intel Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors in LGA1150 packaging will become available in mid-2013 when the new chips hit the market. Pricing is unknown, but it is unlikely that it will be low.