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Gigabyte's GA-Z87X-OC Motherboard Unboxed, Photographed

The folks over at PCWorld have managed to get their hands on one of Gigabyte's upcoming motherboards, the GA-Z87X-OC, which seems to be a fairly well-built and solid motherboard, with a very broad feature set.

The motherboard is built on an orange and black PCB design, features the LGA 1150 socket, and is backed by the Z87 chipset. Furthermore, it features four PCIe x16 3.0 slots, two legacy PCI slots, and a PCIe x1 3.0 slot. Other internal connectivity is handled by six SATA3 ports, two USB A 2.0 ports, a handful of USB 2.0 ports, as well as a USB 3.0 header, a 24-pin ATX power supply connector, an 8+4-pin EPS connector setup, and a 6-pin PCIe power connector. The board also has a number of overclocking buttons found next to the memory slots.

External connectivity will be taken care of by 7.1 channel analog audio, an optical TOSLINK output, a Displayport, two HDMI ports, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a "lightning" button, and a legacy PS/2 port.

The motherboard also sports Gigabyte's upcoming Z87 Dual-UEFI BIOS, with the high-resolution interface.

So far, there has not been any word on the board's pricing or an official release date, but we can expect to see more information come to light officially starting June 4, 2013.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • DarkSable
    Gahh! That thing is NOT pretty.
    Also, what exactly is a "lightning button"?
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  • ojas
    @DarkSable i'm guessing it's something to do with powering USB devices while the computer is off and in standby.
    That or thunderbolt related.
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  • ojas
    Ok wait, it says OC_IGNITION.
    Don't have the slightest clue what that's supposed to mean.

    I mean, OC related, obviously, but aren't there different buttons for that?
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  • I actually kind of like the color scheme. Haswell sure is looking good so far. I saw a CPU-Z screenshot of an i7 4770K at 5Ghz on .9v earlier today. I might just have to upgrade the old Sandy Bridge system. But I'll wait 6 months to make sure there are no bugs like P67 had at launch.
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  • DXRick
    Of all the motherboards I have ever seen, that is definitely one of them.
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  • DarkSable
    10791103 said:
    Ok wait, it says OC_IGNITION.
    Don't have the slightest clue what that's supposed to mean.

    I mean, OC related, obviously, but aren't there different buttons for that?
    Hmm... My theory is that it's an automatic overclocker that's so bad that it automatically overvolts and sets the computer on fire.

    10791114 said:
    I actually kind of like the color scheme. Haswell sure is looking good so far. I saw an i7 4770K at 5Ghz on .9v earlier today. I might just have to upgrade the old Sandy Bridge system. But I'll wait 6 months to make sure there are no bugs like P67 had at launch.

    ... .9v? Please tell me that was a typo.
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  • Nope. Sent you a PM with a link.
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  • rajangel
    I love the looks. Reminds me of the old DFI LanParty boards. I wish they still made them. I want one. I think I'm drooling.
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  • Aoyagi
    What? Dual-UEFI? Can anyone give me examples why exactly is UEFI better than normal BIOS setup? I know of one and that's it (sometimes) makes the computer boot faster if it has the OS it's built for. Oh and yes, it looks pretty. That seems to be what sells everything nowadays.
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  • christop
    kinda like the halloween colors...
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