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Old July 1, 2014, 07:39 PM
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By combining an affordable price with high end features, GIGABYTE is hoping their Z97X-UD5H will appeal to aspiring Haswell system builders who don't want to spend a fortune.

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Old July 1, 2014, 09:32 PM
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Ok, as I read the article, I'm curious if the PCI-e 4.0 standards help with the bandwidth/lane issue that M.2 and SATA Express has in the Z-97 chipset.
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Ok, as I read the article, I'm curious if the PCI-e 4.0 standards help with the bandwidth/lane issue that M.2 and SATA Express has in the Z-97 chipset.
It will help since PCI-E 4.0 doubles the amount of bandwidth per lane, however PCI-E 4.0 is still far away, AFAIK.

We still don't know how many PCI-E 3.0 lanes the upcoming Broadwell chips will have, but I seriously doubt it will be more than 16, so same as Haswell.
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It will help since PCI-E 4.0 doubles the amount of bandwidth per lane, however PCI-E 4.0 is still far away, AFAIK.

We still don't know how many PCI-E 3.0 lanes the upcoming Broadwell chips will have, but I seriously doubt it will be more than 16, so same as Haswell.
Well, been reading about Skylake and indication it is still on pace for 2015 release (Q2?) and appears to be part of the Series 100 chipset.
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It's interesting to note the differences between a "mainstream" motherboard and a dedicated overclocking one. I think that high end gaming motherboards like the G1 Gaming really struggle to justify their price tag in a lot of cases.

For dedicated overclocking, the Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force may be a better buy, although it goes for a bit more. It's got better components (power distribution wise) than the G1, which makes it good for overclocking.

I wish though that motherboard makers would use DirectFET mosfets though.
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I wish though that motherboard makers would use DirectFET mosfets though.
It looks like they do.
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It looks like they do.

Not true. Since the Maximus IV Extreme, there have been none on the field that use all DirectFET. When they say DirectFET, they usually use 1-2 from the RAM, and none for the CPU.

Granted with FIVR, it's not as important as before, but it's still "nice to have".

The UD5 uses PowerPaks. The SOC Force uses IR3553s.

This is the Z87 SOC Force, but the Z97 is the same:
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Since when is $190 affordable? And this motherboard seems like nothing special really, 12 phase power is good for serious OC but then again the CPU will limit OC potential most of the time.
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190 for a motherboard with what it has is affordable..... Psh 200 for a mobo is nothing
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There are different levels of affordability. For the features this board brings to the table, it is certainly affordable.
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