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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.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC OC Touch

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 multi-GPU support

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 Gaming Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC specifications

  1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel®Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
  1. Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
  1. 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.
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor:

  1. 2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160
    * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
  2. 1 x DisplayPort port, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840×2160
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
  3. Maximum shared memory of 1 GB
  1. Realtek® ALC892 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF In
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out
  1. Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
    1. 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. 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.
    1. 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. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
      (The PCIEX4_2 and PCIEX1_1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  1. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Storage Interface Chipset:

  1. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
USB Chipset:

  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
  2. 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:

  1. Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  4. 1 x OC PEG power connector
  5. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x CPU fan header
  7. 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
  8. 6 x system fan headers
  9. 1 x front panel header
  10. 1 x front panel audio header
  11. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  12. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  13. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  14. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  16. 1 x serial port header
  17. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  18. 1 x power button
  19. 1 x reset button
  20. 1 x Clear CMOS button
  21. 1 x Gear button
  22. 1 x OC Turbo button
  23. 1 x OC Tag button
  24. 1 x CPU BCLK Down button
  25. 1 x CPU BCLK Up button
  26. 1 x CPU Ratio Down button
  27. 1 x CPU Ratio Up button
  28. 1 x Memory Safe button
  29. 1 x Settings Lock button
  30. 1 x Direct to BIOS button
  31. 1 x OC Trigger switch
  32. 1 x OC PCIe switch
  33. 1 x Clear Battery button
  34. 2 x BIOS switches
  35. 1 x onboard voltage measurement module
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  2. 1 x OC Ignition button
  3. 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  5. 2 x HDMI ports
  6. 1 x DisplayPort
  7. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  8. 1 x RJ-45 port
  9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
  3. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
  4. CPU/System overheating warning
  5. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
  6. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
  1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features
  1. Support for Q-Flash
  2. Support for Xpress Install
  3. 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.
    EZ Setup
    ON/OFF Charge2
    USB Blocker
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  3. Intel® Smart Connect Technology
  4. Intel® Smart Response Technology
  5. cFosSpeed
Operating System
  1. Support for Windows 8/7
Form Factor
  1. 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).

What could be better? Try the GA-Z87X-OC FORCE.

21/10/2013. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

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