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Here at Overclockers.com, we love hearing about new benchmarking world records and we have a few new ones to share! Gigabyte (along with many co-sponsors) recently held a couple of overclocking competitions, which resulted in several new world records.

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Website Xbit Labs reports that upcoming Intel chipsets for mainstream desktop processors will implement support for yet-unnamed “Haswell Refresh” CPU and future Broadwell parts. Other information leaked points to the fact that those new chipsets will not support current Haswell processors, thus effectively making the 8-series motherboards single generation products with no upgrade path.

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Three weeks ago, we reported that Asus was launching the first two FM2+ motherboards for upcoming AMD APUs. Today, it is Gigabyte’s turn to introduce its lineup of FM2+ motherboards for upcoming Kaveri chips. The Taiwanese manufacturer announces not a mere two boards though, but a full range of 7 products.

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Supermicro’s latest offering features Intel’s Z87 chipset, 3 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and a selection of overclocking features. Overall, a nice board but nothing special except for one little detail: It’s made by Supermicro.

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Just a few weeks ago we reported that motherboard manufacturers had found a BIOS exploit to allow overclocking of the latest Haswell processors on “non-Z” motherboards. This week, Intel is reportedly working on a CPU microcode update that will put an end to this added bonus for B85 and H87 products.

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Top-tier motherboard manufacturer, ASUS has released to market the first two products to support upcoming Kaveri APUs from AMD, confirming new features in the process. The new motherboards are poetically named A55BM-A/USB3 and A88XM-A and are based on AMD current A55 chipset and new A88X chipset, respectively.

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Since the announcement last month by ASRock of the unexpected “Non-Z OC” feature on selected H87 and B85 motheboards, ECS and ASUS are also planning on implementing a similar feature on some of their products.

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Motherboard manufacturer ASRock has confirmed that its products based on B85 and H87 chipsets will give enthusiasts access to unlocked CPU multipliers. The company identified a backdoor which allowed it to implement a BIOS feature called “Non-Z OC” on its “non-Z” motherboards.

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ASRock announced that its flagship Z87 OC Formula motherboards will ship with an industry leading five years warranty. The new mainboard is built around the new Z87 chipset from Intel and is meant to support Haswell processors for socket 1150. Aimed at enthusiasts and overclockers, the board features hardware and software features to allow easy overclocking and stability, dual-stack MOSFETs, enhanced cooling and ASRock’s new waterproof conformal coating.

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We’ve got some pretty big news for you tonight – ASUS is introducing us to their upcoming Z87 motherboard lineup early.

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