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GIGABYTE Next Generation Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE


GIGABYTE is doing some interesting things with their next generation line of boards, offering support for current and next generation Intel Haswell processors. Additionally, these next generation boards will offer support for SATA 3 and next generation SATA storage solutions.

The biggest difference between their new board lines and existing Intel Z87 motherboard lines is how they are differentiating the different board series. GIGABYTE will have a total of four board series in their new product line:

  • Normal series motherboards
  • Gaming series motherboards
  • Overclocking series motherboards
  • Black Edition series motherboards

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Normal Series motherboard
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The Normal Series boards encompass their channel boards for mainstream consumers and system builders.

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Gaming Series motherboard

The Gaming Series boards are geared more towards enthusiast and gamers users, featuring a black and red color scheme for eye-catching appeal.

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Overclocking Series motherboard
Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The Overclocking Series boards are geared towards hard-core enthusiasts and the LN2 record setting crowd with features and designs specifically oriented to eeking out that last bit of speed and performance from the board.

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Black Edition Series motherboard
Courtesy of GIGABYTE

The Black Edition Series boards build on several products from the other board lines, ensuring the utmost stability and performance through a specialized factory-performed testing regimen.

Continue reading our introduction of the GIGABYTE next generation motherboards!

April 24, 2014 | 05:16 PM - Posted by djotter

There is no blur the Z97 on the gaming board :O

April 24, 2014 | 09:36 PM - Posted by JM Popaleetus (not verified)

Any idea what audio chipset is being used on the "AMP-UP Audio" branded boards between the Realtek and Core3D models?

April 25, 2014 | 09:05 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

The Core3D uses Soundblaster hardware and software, while the Realtek uses Soundblaster software only.  More information to come after launch day...

April 25, 2014 | 05:27 PM - Posted by JM Popaleetus (not verified)

So the "AMP-UP Audio" branded chip is just a Realtek chip with Creative drivers?

Sort of a hybrid between the "Core3D" branded and non-branded Realtek versions?

April 24, 2014 | 11:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hope they stick with green for their high end gaming series, every other board maker has red.

April 26, 2014 | 06:51 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

From what we've seen, their high end gaming seires will be Red and Black...

April 24, 2014 | 11:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

almost missed the threaded WC holes on the VRM HS lets hope it not made from ali.

April 28, 2014 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Dusty

I bet that it is, although most water cooling companies have brass or nickel plating in their water blocks and radiators to prevent the corrosion seen in the early days of water cooling.

April 25, 2014 | 10:41 AM - Posted by mAxius

It looks like most of these boards will have sata express ports. (note the big block of plastic next to the sata blocks) the question is whats connecting to the back end of the ports sata express or sata3.

April 26, 2014 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Stay tuned for the full reviews in a few weeks once the information embargo has been lifted...

April 30, 2014 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

like your profile picture


May 2, 2014 | 02:33 PM - Posted by Dan (not verified)

With all this fancy audio coming to motherboards, when are we going to get back to putting vacuum tubes in the preamp. Remember this bad boy

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