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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Gaming Motherboard
Your father thinks you are overclocked in your head. Your mother is convinced you have gaming pareidolia. Your social networks consist of MMOGs, MMORPGs and LANs. When you did the Rorschach test, the only thing you saw was the GA-Z87X-OC.
You are not the only greedy gamer smitten by this gaming motherboard by Gigabyte. It was Tom’s Hardware’s choice of Best of Computex Award, received the Computex 2013 Design and Innovation award, the Gold Award from GameZoom, and was best overclocker for Reviewnet and a host of other geeks.
No wonder! It absolutely looks the part. The OC Touch control panel, for instance, looks like something right out of a fighter jet.
Extreme Multi-GPU support
Quoting from the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC page –
Optimized support for AMD CrossFire™ in 4 way configurations plus support for NVIDIA SLI technology in 2-way setups. This extreme design allows a more optimized multiple-card overclocking experience where the first 3 slots have the data bandwidth available from trace paths direct from the CPU and the fourth slot taking PCIe lanes from the Intel® Z87 PCH.
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC reviews
What do the experts say? As mentioned, it was Tom’s Hardware‘s choice of Best of Computex Award 2013. Overclock.net says “it sure meets the financial needs for an awesome board for overclocking.”
TechSpot points out that there is “No Support for Trior QuadSLI” but give it a thumbs up for “Huge overclocking potential normally reserved for highend boards in a walletfriendly format.”
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC specifications
Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel®Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package
L3 cache varies with CPU
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Integrated Graphics Processor:
2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160 * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
1 x DisplayPort port, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
Maximum shared memory of 1 GB
Realtek® ALC892 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF In
Support for S/PDIF Out
Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one expansion card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. It will operate at up to x8 mode when the PCIEX16 is populated.
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2) * The PCIEX4_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots. When it is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode and the PCIEX8 slot will operate at up to x4 mode. * When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4_1 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, “BIOS Setup,” “Peripherals,” for more information.) (The PCIEX16, PCIEX8, and PCIEX4_1 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot (The PCIEX4_2 and PCIEX1_1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
2 x PCI slots
Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports onboard, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Chipset + 2 Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:
Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Support for APP Center * Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications. @BIOS EasyTune EZ Setup ON/OFF Charge2 USB Blocker
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Support for Windows 8/7
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
What could be better?
So, there you have it. A gaming motherboard with most of the bells and whistles that you could wish for at an affordable price (under $200).