Three of Gigabyte's Z97 Motherboards Revealed

Gigabyte is showing off a number of its upcoming motherboards – three to be precise. While the numbering on some of the images is blurred out, it's fairly safe to assume that the release is all about the Z97X0-UD5H-BK, the Z97X-UD7 TH and the Z97X-SOC FORCE. These motherboards are all based on the next generation of chipsets from Intel and will therefore have support for not only the Haswell refresh processors, but also the existing Haswell processors. The whole lot also has support for CrossFire and SLI graphics configurations.

There's also a connector for the new SATA-Express standard on these mobos, and the Z97X-UD5H-BK has an M.2 slot beside the "10 Gb/s" marking, which makes it very clear that this M.2 slot does not run over a SATA3 (6 Gb/s) interface. The Z97X-UD7 TH comes with Thunderbolt 2 support, as the name implies.

Lastly, the Z97X-SOC FORCE is the board primed for overclocking in this lineup. Besides an additional 4-pin EPS connector, it also has one more PCIe x16 slot compared to the other two boards.

More details have yet to surface, but this does give us a pretty good idea of what Gigabyte's lineup will look like. Stay tuned for more when the motherboards officially get released.

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  • exar333
    Should the Z97X-UD5H-BK comment say it DOES run above (instead of does not) the SATA3 6GB/s port?
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  • Someone Somewhere
    No. It's saying that the M.2 port doesn't use SATA3; it uses PCIe.
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  • laststop311
    that 10gb/s m2 port should come on all of the boards.
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