The GIGABYTE Z87X-OC is based on the Z87 Express chipset from Intel. At first the Z87X-OC seems stripped down. This motherboard doesn’t have excess SATA ports, or SAS controllers, multiple NICs, wireless adapters, or things like that. Instead the Z87X-OC incorporates nothing frivolous. All that you really get over the standard chipset features are overclocking oriented features designed to push the envelope of performance.
The Z87X-OC is both an enthusiast motherboard, so it fits neatly into a performance value segment.GIGABYTE have now fine-tuned the aesthetics in this, their latest creation for the prolific overclocking segment. Over the years the styling has altered ever so slightly but we can confidently say that this time round they have really nailed the visual appearance with Z87X-OC. Its design is unique and oozes finesse.
- Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
- GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus Technology
- All IR Digital Power design
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
- Exclusive GIGABYTE OC Features
- GIGABYTE Memory safe/Setting Lock/Direct to BIOS
- Unique OC Ignition Feature
- Unique OC Brace Feature
- Gold plated DDR/PCIe Slots and power connectors
- Premium 4-way CrossFire™ support
- Durable black solid capacitors
- GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2 for USB devices
- Intel® LAN with high ESD Protection
- New Heatsink design with 8 onboard fan connectors
- 10 USB 3.0 ports
Thanks to the Z87 chipset, the Z87X-OC provides six SATA3 slots, so every drive can potentially run at its fastest speed. The Z87X-OC also has four dual-channel RAM slots that can accommodate up to 32GB of memory, four PCI-E x16 slots, two legacy PCI slots and a single PCI-E x1 slot. Although the Z87X-OC can accommodate up to four graphics cards, the four slots run at different speeds depending on which . The first x16 slot runs at x16, the second at x8 and the second x16 slot runs at x8 when the first slot is occupied. The speed of the second slot drops further to x4 when you insert cards in the third and fourth x16 slots, and the first card drops to x8. The fourth and third slots run at x4.
Designed specifically for the purpose of breaking OC records, the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC offers unique and exclusive OC features that have never been seen before on a motherboard. Giving pro and enthusiast overclockers the edge on LN2, the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC sits at the bleeding edge of technical possibility, pushing the outer limits of performance.
Conveniently, the Z87X-OC has a set of switches that let you turn off specific PCI-E slots without physical removing cards. Also handy is a motherboard based six-pin PCI-E power connector that provides the board with extra power should you be using two or more graphics cards.
The board continues to impress with its astounding port performance numbers and overclocking potential. When looked at in conjunction with its stock benchmark performance, the Z87X-OC Force looks to be a force to be reckoned with.
It does, however, have a good complement of connection ports on its backplane, including six USB3 ports, two USB2 ports, six analogue audio jacks, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a PS/2 port. It also has a great selection of display outputs, with two HDMI outputs and one DisplayPort output. As for internal connectors, the board has two USB3 headers, two USB2 headers and two USB2 ports.
+ Features every conceivable tool for overclocking
+ Unique and striking aesthetics
+ Pushes the boundaries for overclocking
+ Great layout with numerous fan headers
+ Ultra Durable 5 Plus components/features
- Colour-scheme garish
The Z87X-OC is poised and ready to take on anything thrown at it. If you are seeking a premium Z87 motherboard, want to push the limitations of your processor then this offering is a top-pick. We are pleased to hand GIGABYTE our Gold and Creative awards.
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