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Old October 9, 2013, 08:08 AM
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Default GIGABYTE Mid-High End Performance Model - Z87X-OC Guide

GIGABYTE launched very rich product line for Intel latest Haswell.
Haswell chipset has the most high end Z87, mainstream H87 and B85 and entry H81.
Of course, more high-end chipset has more features and expandability. MB price is also higher.
GIGABYTE in high-end Z87 has OC series and G1 series. Both series has its? own position.

G1, as name said, is for Gaming market. I will share more about this after.
OC series has 2 models. Z87X-OC Force is for extreme and Z87X-OC is for mid-high.
This review is Z87X-OC, focusing on OC or looking for high performance.
First look, you can see the box is black and orange.

OC series is black and orange tone. G1 is black and green.
I believe most users used to black and red for high end MB. Currently, too many MB use this color.
GIGABYTE use different visual design to enhance their recognizable. Color is personal like.

Z87X-OC is standard ATX spec. The size 30.5cm x 24.4cm
OC is mainly for Overclocking market. There are many exclusive designs for hardware and software. I will explain the details later.
Z87X-OC price is only half of Z87X-OC Force. It looks like a good choice for overclockers.

Product manual, software guide, driver CD, SATA cable and IO panel.
CrossFireX / 2-Way SLI bridge, wires for the voltage check points, OC Brace.

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1 X PCI-E X16, support X16 bandwidth
1 X PCI-E X16, support X8 bandwidth
2 X PCI-E X16, support X4 bandwidth
It supports max 4-Way AMD CrossFireX / 2-Way nVIDIA SLI
2-Way AMD CrossFireX/nVIDIA SLI bandwidth is X8 + X8.
3-Way AMD CrossFireX bandwidth is X8 + X4 + X4.
4-Way AMD CrossFireX bandwidth is X8 + X4 + X4 + X4.
1 X PCI-E X1
LAN is Intel GbE LAN chip.
Realtek ALC892 audio chip supports 7.1 channels and High Definition Audio.
Design in Taipei

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6 X Black SATA, provided by Z87 and supports SATA3.
It also supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.
2 X Silver OC Connent / ON/OFF Charge2
Z87 chipset has new design large heatsink. Black round button is CHAT_SW for switching battery.

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4 X DIMM DDR3 support DDR3 1066~1600 / 1866~2800(OC)
DDR3 max capacity is 32GB. It supports Extreme Memory Profile. Right is 24-PIN power in.

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Z87X-OC uses the new thermal module. CPU metal cover is plating for better look.
Behind top heatsink is 8 + 4Pin power in for high power consumption extreme OC.

2 X Black USB 2.0
1 X OC Ignition button
1 X DisplayPort
1 X S/PDIF optical output
1 X PS2 KB/Mouse
6 X Blue USB 3.0/2.0
1 X RJ-45 LAN
6 X audio jacks

OC Touch area has more new features comparing to Z77X-UP7.
There are 8 buttons. 2 set + and - for adjusting CPU or BCLK.
Gear is for BCLK gap switching. The other 2 are OC Turbo and Tag.
Right side OC PCIe Switch can switch on/off PCIe VGA power.
Middle 3 black round buttons and 3 switches enhance OC convenience.
There are 12 points in bottom for measuring voltages.
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