Being a motherboard company, it would be a little odd not to cover the motherboards. Our preview coverage had a quick look at a few models via leaked images, and Gigabyte met up with Anand for a look at a couple of overclocking/gaming models.  But now they are released and in the open, I cannot wait to get a few of these models in for review.

Gigabyte’s full launch ranges has the following models:

Gigabyte's 8-Series Motherboards at Launch
GA-Z87X-UD4H G1.Sniper 5 GA-Z87M-D3H GA-Z87X-OC Force
GA-Z87X-UD5H G1.Sniper M5 GA-Z87X-UD3H  
B85 GA-P85-D3 GA-B85M-HD3 GA-B85M-D3H GA-B85-HD3

In terms of naming schemes:

Z87X = SLI Support
Z87M = microATX
Z87N = miniITX
UDxH = Ultra Durable with Digital Video Output
UP = Ultra Durable 5 with IR355x 60A ICs
HD = Digital Video Output
D3H = D3 with Digital Video Output
D3HP = D3H with USB 3.0 Hub

At the suite itself, as in previous years, Gigabyte have the ‘wall of motherboards’, showcasing all the models listed above as well as a few not officially launched yet, such as the Z77X-UP7 TH and the B5 Sniper.  The Z87X-UP7 TH in name and features suggests that Gigabyte are moving fully to the ‘OC’ range for overclocking motherboards and the UP7 now sits as a prosumer model at the top of the product stack alongside the Z87X-OC Force and G1.Sniper 5.

As it is the top model, we get a dulled gold theme to complement the gold of the UD5H, red theme of the UD4H and blue theme of the UD3H.  Alongside Thunderbolt connectivity, the UD7 TH looks to follow some of the same principles of the Z87X-OC Force but more in a stability sense rather than an overclocking sense – we have fewer of the overclocking buttons and options (some are still present) but the same PCIe layout, PLX chip and 16-phase power delivery combination.

So when the G1.Sniper B5 caught my eye I was a little surprised, but it does make sense from a user point of view – if you want a gaming oriented motherboard without overclocking, then perhaps a B85 chipset model would be more cost effective.  The downside of B85, aside from overclocking, is the lack of SLI on the regular G1.Sniper 5, as well as an adjustment to the rear IO connectivity options.  This model also features the adjustable OP-AMP audio similar to the high end model.

The OP-AMP kit features three additional ICs aside from the two that appear into the box, and should be on sale for around $50.

On the server motherboard side, Gigabyte had a few models on display, such as a dual processor motherboard in an ATX form factor:

While still in the early stages of design, here is a dual Sandy Bridge-E motherboard in ATX, designed for a smaller chassis.  I was told there is still work to be done regarding the design of the PCIe lanes (we clearly are not getting much GPU action here), but it should be available via regional sales offices later this year.

Gigabyte at the Taipei 101 The Hardware – The BRIX
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  • karamazovmm - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    whats the mobo with some tubes on the pic called gal13? it looks interesting to say the least if they will have a mobo that actually supports custom cooling for the other components on the get to go
  • Homeles - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    The one with the tubes going into it is a blown up model of the board next to it. The heatsinks do support water cooling.
  • Aikouka - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - link

    I was rather interested when I read that Gigabyte did that, but I ended up disappointed when I saw the board. At least from what I could gather by zooming in on Newegg, it appears that Gigabyte used barbs and you can't remove them. I've only recently been getting into water cooling, but wouldn't most enthusiasts -- you know, those people that pay $400 for a motherboard -- prefer G1/4 ports so they can add their own fitting that "fits" their size and design preference.
  • TGressus - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

  • Myrandex - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    That dual Sandy Bridge-E Motherboard looks sweet!
  • TomWomack - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    I thought Sandy Bridge-E was normally used to refer to the i7/3820, 3930, 3960 ($570 for six 3.2GHz-turbo-3.8GHz cores); that board is described as Xeon E5 ($1552 for six 2.9GHz-turbo-3.5GHz cores).
  • IanCutress - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Sandy Bridge-E is the processor family, split into the Core series and the Xeon series. As you would expect, this can only accept Xeons in a 2P configuration.
  • GotThumbs - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Very cool that more companies are getting into the very small HTPC market. I have a Zotac ZBOX AD12-U and it does a great job connected to my tv via HDMI. Streams video from my server easily without taxing the cpu. I'm using XBMC/OpenELEC from a thumbdrive for now, but will add an SSD down the road.

    Very interesting information.

    Thanks Ian

  • crazedmodder - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    You did not show them but I hope you guys get the P35K and P34G laptops in for review.

    I am curious how good the screens, keyboards, fan noise and battery life are. Supposedly they are both 1080p and the P35K is IPS (P34G I have not seen the screen type mentioned so I assume TN). As long as they do a reasonable job in those areas I have definitely found my new laptop.
  • jb14 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Thanks for showing some internal snaps of the brix box. I wonder if you have come across the haswell version of the intel NUC while there? Some of the usual sites have mentioned it comes with up to six USB ports and HD5000 graphics. It would be interesting to compare the brix and new NUC for features, as I can't remember if the Brix had HD5000 graphics or not.

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