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Hardware Z97 Motherboard Group Test - Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Combatus, 11 May 2014.

  1. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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  2. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Seriously hope they get rid of all that red soon :)
     
  3. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    I get the feeling you won't be happy till they're all luminous green ;)
     
  4. Kovoet

    Kovoet New Member

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    Well I have waited with my faithful old 2700k long enough so it shall be the Asus ranger and a new cpu coming my way. Can see my 2700k and maximus formula very going for sale soon
     
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    mikemaher205 New Member

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    And just as I was writing a specification list for my new system, Intel throw a curve ball. Either way, I feel my Asus Maximum IV Gene/Gen 3 has been faithful and shall retire to permanent Folding duties.

    Perhaps eBay will be flooded with Z87 boards for us tight pocket folks? :)
     
  6. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    How about day glow pink ;)

    Back OT, it would be nice to see Intel provide more PCI-E lanes on future chips. I get the feeling manufactures have had one hand tied behind their backs with Z97 when it comes to dividing the available lanes between the PCI-E connectors, and M.2 / SATAe
     
  7. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Just ... completely black would be ok :D
     
  8. SlowMotionSuicide

    SlowMotionSuicide Come Hell or High Water

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    These came out nicely, I'm about to upgrade my aging Lynnfield-based system. The new, more affordable ROG offering seems perfect (I was eyeing the VI Hero before, lower price with less not-so-necessary features is just nice), although MSI's ain't so bad either, and my P55-GD65 hasn't really gave me much issues. Now if only Intel would just start shipping the Devil's Canyon...

    Could you b-t folks please confirm whether the MSI's board is genuine black like on the Maximus one, or is it the usual ugly butt-ass brown most vendors try to sneakily pass as black pcb? I've seen enough photos to not trust them.

    Thank you.
     
  9. vdbswong

    vdbswong It's a Hedgehod

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    At the start you state:

    Yet in the conclusion you write:

    Which seems to contradict each other ?
     
  10. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    AFAIK the Gaming 7 comes with a M.2 to SATA Express adapter, so while it doesn't have a SATA Express connector you can plug the adapter into the M.2 socket should the need arise.
     
  11. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    Well spotted - one MSI spec sheet we were reading off omitted SATA Express but we found out later it did include it - must have missed this section in our amendments!
     
  12. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    I am personally going to upgrade to the Z97 board from my Z77 server system for one simple reason - Z97 is the last DDR3 system Intel will have. Next gen for both S2011 and S115x is DDR4, and i am not planning to replace my 32GB DDR3 at the higher prices DDR4 will have in first 1-2 years :D. So upgrade to Z97 (ASRock Z97 Extreme6 is the board which i like the most) and a CPU yet to be decided (with possibility of replacing it with Broadwell once it comes out in Q4/2014 or Q1/2015) and that will be my server system hopefully until sometime 2017.
     
  13. barny2767

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    Well I see my AMD Phenom II x4 and my Asus Crosshair III finally being replaced now although I want to stay with AMD but it costs less to get an Asus Hero and an i5 4670K than an Asus Sabertooth 990FX and a AMD FX-9590.
     
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    While I realise there is little SATA Express out there, M.2 is available and as one of the major features of the Z97 boards, I can't understand why no one is reviewing these boards utilising them.
    I do agree that there is far too much red, some one needs to make white highlighted board, think they will clean up.
     
  15. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Red makes everything faster :lol:.
     
  16. David164v8

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    I wouldn't expect it in this review, but does anyone know where the VII Impact is at? Haven't heard very much about it.
     
  17. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    It was launched after the main bunch with Z87 and I think the Formula is yet to make an appearance too. They're coming, I'm sure :D
     
  18. Dogbert666

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    Yeah, at launch the ROG series consists of Ranger, Hero and Gene. Impact, Formula and Extreme still to come - I expect there will be announcements at Computex :)
     
  19. David164v8

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    Great, hopefully in time for the new Haswell processors. :D

    Edit: Does the Asus KeyBot allow for turning on a the computer with the keyboard? My Gigabyte board at the moment has this option, but apparently I need a PS/2 keyboard. Does KeyBot mean I can just use my usb keyboard?
     
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  20. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it, but some of the Gigabyte thumbnail images don't load up the enlarged shots.
     
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