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Old August 1, 2013, 11:27 PM
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Arrow Supermicro Dips its Toes in DIY Motherboard Market, Unveils C7Z87-OCE [techPowerUp]

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Known more for its server and workstation motherboards; and rackmount server chassis; Supermicro dipped its toes into consumer (DIY) motherboards, announcing the C7Z87-OCE, a socket LGA1150 motherboard based on the Intel Z87 Express chipset. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, this board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, and 8-pin EPS connectors. It features a rather bland blue PCB, with seemingly basic heatsinks over the chipset and CPU VRM. In reality, the 22 nm-built Z87 Express PCH, with a 4.1W TDP can make do with a heatsink like that. The one on the VRM, on the other hand, is suspect. It appears to use a 6-phase digital PWM circuitry with driver-MOSFETs.

The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC, x8/x8/NC, x8/x4/x4). A trio of close-ended PCI-Express 2.0 x4 find room in between them. The board offers a total of eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, six from the Z87 PCH, two from a third-party controller. Also on offer, are eight USB 3.0 ports, four on the rear panel, four by headers. The board offers 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output, a pair of gigabit Ethernet interfaces, Thunderbolt (which doubles up as mini-DisplayPort), dual-link DVI and D-Sub display outputs. Although driven by AMI Aptio UEFI BIOS, it features a classic keyboard-driven setup program UI. The company didn't release pricing. Find a complete review at the source.

Source: Supermicro Dips its Toes in DIY Motherboard Market, Unveils C7Z87-OCE | techPowerUp
Original: Supermicro C7Z87-OCE (Intel Z87) Motherboard Review | TweakTown

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Supermicro tries labeling a basic low power entry level board "enthusiast" and sees if suckers will buy it.
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It might have worked better if it was 2005.

Their support is brutal and they want you to pay balls out for simple accessories that should cost 25% of the price they are charging. But that's just me. Sucker away :)
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Is that seriously a pic of the board??

Wow... 2005 is about right....

Looks so cheap.
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This is the first I heard of this. I can picture it going anywhere, but you never know.
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Personally, I don't care that the mo'bo looks plain - too many vendors focus on bling, and not on quality. If Supermicro can deliver a no-frills board at a competitive price, then all the power to more competition, especially now that Intel is leaving the motherboard market.

Edit: I see "no-frills" as heatsinks shaped like hand-grenades and pistols or for that matter anodized/painted heatsinks with a gamete of circus colors. Heck, if it is a good quality motherboard with a functional feature-set at a good price, I won't care if it comes in Engineering Sample/Server green.

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Just remember that you didn't want "frills" like 10k caps when one blows up and bricks the board!


EDIT: I don't see anything about the caps in the review. If the board has good components with respect to longevity and ends up with a low price, it could be pretty sweet for a bare bones z87.

Lesson learnt, don't judge a mobo by it's ugly colours and tiny heatsinks!

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In fairness to Supermicro, although the power delivery is weak most of the components are higher quality European and Japanese parts. Which can't be said for many boards sporting "10k" caps.

EDIT: misread some of the branding on the components, the board uses the same VRMs used on reference 4870's/4890's back in the day.
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Just attach the word gaming to it and watch the morons go to town.
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