Freshly released with the Devil’s Canyon CPUs is EVGA’s Z97 motherboard lineup. Falling in the middle of this new lineup is the Z97 FTW. This motherboard is marketed toward a more budget-minded crowd than the flagship Z97 Classified. Don’t let this fool you into thinking that the Z97 FTW is going to perform poorly though, because it doesn’t. The Z97 FTW is still designed to push any i5 or i7 to the limits of your cooling and loaded with nifty features that both new builders and veterans can appreciate!
Small form factor (SFF) gaming PCs have exploded in popularity recently. Valve has even released their own SteamOS that turns PCs into console-esque gaming machines, which has prompted a rise of the Steam Machine or Steam Box from many manufacturers in the pre-built PC business. MSI has a couple of products that are designed specifically to fit into the SFF gaming PC segment, the Z87I GAMING AC motherboard and the GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card. They look to be a great core for a DIY Steam Machine or even just an everyday SFF PC.
There’s more Mini-ITX goodness in store today thanks to EVGA’s Z87 Stinger. EVGA jumped on the enthusiast Mini-ITX bandwagon last generation with the Z77 Stinger, and they’re riding that wagon into the next generation. They are also touting a brand new UEFI BIOS with their Z87 lineup, which should top off their new motherboards nicely. I’ll quit rambling, and let’s get into the good stuff…
It has been a while since Overclockers.com had a chance to review a Gigabyte board. Not because they haven’t put anything out though, that is for sure. Gigabyte, like all other board partners, came out with an entire line of Z87 boards but we just now had a chance to look at them, specifically the Z87X-OC. While this isn’t the much more robust and expensive Z87X-OC Force, the board still packs a lot of features for the extreme overclocker, which this boards is geared towards. We will take a look at what makes this board tick and see how it stacks up against a couple of other boards we have had the pleasure of reviewing.
Small form factor (SFF) builds have been popping up more and more frequently over the past few hardware generations, and ASUS has definitely taken note of that. ASUS has a couple ITX boards in their Z87 lineup that could fit the bill for your next SFF build. We’ll be taking a look at the Z87I-Deluxe to find out how well it fits in the SFF scene and if it can compete with larger form factor boards.
Another day, another LGA1150 motherboard. This time around it’s the ASRock’s Z87 Extreme6, a motherboard that sits somewhere between their mid-range and high-end offerings. During the last few CPU generations, ASRock has been known for making quality boards for a competitive price. Let’s see if the same holds true for the Haswell platform.
The time is finally here for all you enthusiasts that love bleeding edge hardware! That’s right, Intel’s Haswell has finally hit the scene and with performance that most expected with a similar jump in per clock performance as was Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. But what is an(y) Intel CPU without a board to support it? Today we will give you a look at one of MSI’s higher end motherboards on the Z87 platform (Lynx Point) chipsets, the MSI Z87 MPower MAX. The board is made for overclocking with a lot of its features, but looks to please a more broad market than that. Let’s put it through its paces and see how things work out!