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GIGABYTE Next Generation Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Normal Series

The GIGABYTE Normal Series motherboard are designed to appeal to the mainstream enthusiasts and computer builders. Don't take this to mean that these boards are in any way inferior to their Gaming or Overclocking Series brethren. GIGABYTE has integrated features from those other series into the Normal Series boards as well, for better board stability and overclocking performance. The Normal Series boards feature a matte black PCB with gold-chromed heat sinks.

Notable Normal Series board features include

  • Dual NICs on select models, both Killer-branded and Intel-based NICs
  • Enhanced overclocking features integrated into BIOS
  • Support for up to six fans via integrated fan headers
  • Enhanced BIOS for multi-language support and more user-friendly Startup options screen
  • OC Connect USB blocks located by SATA port block for access to USB ports from front of board
  • Enhanced GIGABYTE App Center with all GIGABYTE utilities integrated, including a redesigned EZ Tune and System Information applets

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Z97X-UD5H motherboard

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Z97X-UD3H motherboard

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Z97N-WIFI motherboard

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H97N-WIFI motherboard

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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