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Gigabyte Intel Z87 Motherboard Lineup Preview

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Extreme OC Series

Similar in nature to their last generation top end board line, the Extreme OC Series comes with a slew of features as well as a stylish black and orange color scheme. The Extreme OC series is comprised of the Z87X-OC Force and the Z87X-OC motherboards.

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force details
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The Z87X-OC Force motherboard is the Gigabyte's flagship motherboard. Its crowning feature, and the big one that differentiates it from the Z87X-0C board, is its dual-purpose heat pipe cooling solution. It comes standard with an integrated fan, as well as input and output ports for water-based cooling solutions.

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force, closeup of CPU socket and dual-purpose board cooling solution

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force, closeup of chipset cooler

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force, closeup of integrate overclocking buttons

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC Force, closeup of rear panel

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GIGABYTE Z87X-OC details
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The Z87X-OC motherboard is the more cost effective member of the Extreme OC series. The motherboard offers most a similar feature set to the Z87X-OC Force motherboard with several features modified to allow for a more cost effective solution.

May 18, 2013 | 04:22 PM - Posted by pdjblum

To my eye, the pcper image overlay goes beyond its intended purpose and makes it very hard to see the boards in all their glory.

May 19, 2013 | 06:15 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Hm, you think so?  We can make it more transparent next time around.


May 20, 2013 | 08:15 PM - Posted by mikedep333 (not verified)

I have an IPS display (Dell U2711) and I have no problem viewing the boards once I zoom in. The logos seem plenty transparent to me.

May 21, 2013 | 07:13 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

A touch more transparent....
Not too work friendly.....
Yes if you zoom in and use full screen...its fine
if you having a crafty look in work and you just cannot
zoom in (for obvious reasons) its a little in the way......

Nice to see the photo's
Clearly you want to protect your hard work.
Not a big issue, just though I would make a coment...

May 19, 2013 | 04:50 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

Weaksause, Where's the msata love at?

May 20, 2013 | 10:20 AM - Posted by abo aoof (not verified)

And I love the new design.

May 20, 2013 | 10:21 AM - Posted by abo aoof (not verified)

The logo should be in the corner

May 21, 2013 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nope, no it shouldn't, it's too easy for other less reputable (They know who they are, yes I am looking at you, you less reputable site. lol) sites to crop out of the photo then and claim them as their own. Personally I think the watermark looks fine where it's at.

May 25, 2013 | 07:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

10K hour special caps? My 5 year old Abit board has solid caps rated at 50K hours, I currently have 47K hours on it without a single issue.

Maybe they meant 100K hours, that's more logical.

If you run your computer 24/7 you can rack up just shy of 9K hours alone.

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