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Gigabyte Teases Liquid Cooled Z87 G1-Killer Motherboard

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Some teasers have surfaced of Gigabyte's upcoming Z87 G1-Killer Motherboard.

So far a number of manufacturers, including Asus, MSI, Biostar and ASRock, have shown us its motherboards intended to be used with Intel's upcoming Haswell CPUs, but we haven't seen much from Gigabyte until now. We have a sneak peek at Gigabyte's flagship G1-Killer Z87 motherboard, and it's impressive.

It appears that the board, as intended for gamers and enthusiasts, will be liquid coolable. While the heatsinks would probably do the job fine by themselves, water cooling will definitely give it some killer looks and might even help with extreme overclocking.

Connectivity looks to be gold-plated. It includes two HDMI ports, a single DisplayPort, a Coaxial port as well as an optical SPDIF port and 7.1 analogue audio out. The remaining ports are likely blacked out from the teaser. Sound processing appears to be taken care of by a Sound Core3D chip from Creative.

While we're waiting for the Haswell CPUs to be released, enjoy the teasers below.

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    wanderer11 , April 22, 2013 10:22 AM
    I wonder if the motherboard having an onboard display port means Haswell IGPU will support WQHD.
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    Thomas Hock , April 22, 2013 10:34 AM
    I hope they make a model that removes the display ports and replaces them with USB 3.0 ports and a thunderbolt port. I don't see the crowd of people who are buying a water-cooled motherboard to go crazy on on-board video. unless Nvidia and AMD graphics can channel the video output via on-board ports on the Z87. *doubt it*
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    scook9 , April 22, 2013 11:20 AM
    Pretty sure that water block picture is an Asus Maximus V Formula Z77 board.....
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    hero1 , April 22, 2013 12:15 PM
    That's exactly what it means. My ASUS Maximu V Formula has it and it runs my 27" Dell at full resolution of 2560x1440p. It makes it really awesome to switch from discreet to iGPU without losing resolution.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2013 12:16 PM
    My guess is $399 at release. Overkill but cool tech.
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    shadowfamicom , April 22, 2013 1:51 PM
    I have had my ASUS Xonar Essence STX almost 2 years now, and all I can say is that it was like in the early 2000's when I switched from earbuds to big headphones... I was hearing notes in songs that I had listened to 1000's of times before, but had never heard. I use my Sennheiser HD555's with them and it is absolutely amazing. Hell even cheap $30 headphones sound so much better. My high end motherboard built in sound could not compete with it.
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    shadowfamicom , April 22, 2013 1:52 PM
    and that's how you post a comment to the wrong story!
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    falchard , April 22, 2013 4:01 PM
    Is that pure gold? If so... Guess this motherboard is a safe investment verse inflation.
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    soundping , April 22, 2013 4:50 PM
    Any motherboard from gigabyte will have 'iffy' bios.
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    Cons29 , April 22, 2013 6:19 PM
    creative, ouch
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    nebun , April 22, 2013 6:20 PM
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    I wonder if the motherboard having an onboard display port means Haswell IGPU will support WQHD.


    with mediocre performance...maybe
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    universal remonster , April 22, 2013 6:32 PM
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    I wonder if the motherboard having an onboard display port means Haswell IGPU will support WQHD.


    Ivy's HD4000 already does. Actually, Ivy Bridge and Haswell support 4K resolution

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6270/ivy-bridge-gets-4k-display-support-in-october

    The issue is, as noted in that article, with Ivy Bridge you need 2 Display Port outputs in order to drive a 4K monitor. Not many if any Ivy boards include 2 DP outputs. Haswell will support 4K over a single DP or HDMI cable, but I'm almost certain I have read HDMI will not support more than 30Hz refresh at 4K.

    "with mediocre performance...maybe"

    I have a Surface Pro that runs dual monitor with the Surface screen at 1920x1080 and extended to my Dell 2713 monitor @ 2560x1440. It performs just fine for any day to day stuff, (I watch HD NHL Gamecast streams on the monitor while surfing on the Surface screen) but no way I'd try anything gaming related.
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    goinginstyle , April 25, 2013 10:26 AM
    That water block design is direct ripoff of the ASUS Maximus V Formula board. Yet another design from Gigabyte that is copied directly from Asus and I bet it does not work as well as all the other stuff they copy also. The Core3D chipset is crap when it comes to audio quality and sounds worse than some Realtek implementations on other boards. Looks like another hot mess from Gigabyte, especially if they do not improve their BIOS.