Gigabyte Z87 motherboards would be unveiled on 1st June and would consist of their Z87 OC, Z87 G1 and Z87 UD “Ultra Durable” series motherboards. The new motherboards
would feature the Ultra Durable 5 components and the latest Dual UEFI
BIOS along with the AMP-UP audio technologies on G1.Sniper series motherboards.
Gigabyte Z87 Motherboards Roundup
The Ultra Durable series is the mainstream lineup which goes upto the Z87X-UD5H while the overclocking series consists of the Z87X-OC and Z87X-OC Force motherboards for overclockers. For enthusiasts, Gigabyte has the G1 Sniper and Killer series motherboards which are detailed below:
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force:
The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force is truly Gigabyte’s Z87 chipset based
flagship part with a VRM area that sits beneath a hybrid cooling system.
This ensures that water cooled rigs get the most performance out of
their processors through overclocking. The motherboard
has a cool orange and black theme design which looks amazing. The four
set of heatsinks are interconnected via heatpipes to circulate cooling
Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and for storage there are 6 SATA 6GB/s and two SATA 3GB/s ports. The motherboard comes with Dual UEFI BIOS and has a ton of switches for overclocking
near the DDR3 DIMMs including a debug LED. For I/O, there’s Dual
Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports, a 7.1 Channel audio jack, 6 USB 3.0 ports,
SPDIF, HDMI and a display port.
The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC comes with an 8 Phase Solid VRM which makes
use of DRMOS, International Rectifier MOSFETs which provides overclocking best stability and reliable power supply. The motherboard has a orange and black design scheme.
As for features, the GA-Z87X-OC has several buttons for overclockers
on the board. It comes with an 8 vrm. These include BCLCK, Turbo, Gear, Power switches at the side of DIMM slots, Voltage measuring points, Debug LED and a Dual BIOS switch. There’s also a LN2 switch which can disable the Dual BIOS option on the motherboard.
The Z87 PCH is covered with a blue heatsink which is also not a final
design, comes with Four PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCI and a single PCIe x1 slot.
Power is provided through an 8 Pin + 4 Pin connector which adds additional juice to the CPU for overclocking. For storage, the board offers 6 SATA 6GB/s ports with two onboard USB 3.0 ports and 6 via I/O rear panel.
The Gigabyte Sniper series is the next in line to replace the Z77 based G1.Killer series motherboards. The G1. Sniper series motherboards allows
users to manually replace the onboard AMPs and select from a range of
eight different AMPs that can be customized through Gigabyte’s editing
and configuration suite. For now, only the G1.Sniper Z87 motherboards have
been announced to make use of the AMP-UP technology feature set that
features Gigabyte’s upgradable OP-AMP, Creative Sound Core3D with gold plating shielding,
Audio Noise Guard with path lightning, Build-in gaming heatphone
amplifier, 15u plated gold connectors that includes HDMI, Audio jacks and displayport and Nichicon High-End audio capacitors. You can learn more about the AMP-Up Features here
The Z87 G1.Sniper 5 comes with the green and black design scheme of the Killer and Sniper series motherboards
from Gigabyte. It has a hybrid air and liquid cooling solution that
cools the electrical components near the CPU socket and a heatpipe
solution that runs towards the PCH heatsink. Storage includes 10 SATA 3
ports, Four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and 3 PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots offer expansion
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5