Gigabyte Z87X-OC Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte Z87X-OC Review 

Introduction

If ever you need a demonstration of our commitment to provide you regular fresh content and to push the boundaries we bring you our review of the Gigabyte Z87X-OC. Why such commitment you ask? With such searing temperatures and most people laying in the park or doing everything they can to keep cool it seems the perfect opportunity to lock ourselves indoors and test an overclocking motherboard. We all know how well high ambient temperatures and overclocking go together.

The Gigabyte overclocking range first broke cover with the X58 chipset. We found it to be an extraordinary performer whether we were running on just air-cooling or we had our mad scientist hat on with a barrel of dry ice. The gorgeous black and orange colour scheme reappeared on the Z77 UP7. One of the finer motherboards from the last generation with a wealth of features and great performance.

Now the black and orange has been dusted off once more to bring us the Gigabyte Z87X-OC. The combination of the fullsome Haswell feature set alongside the overclocking tweaks you would expect from a 'board bearing such a simple title should give us some decent performance. However, we know that the Maximus VI Extreme flattered to deceive so we hope that history doesn't repeat. At least the Z87X-OC is around half the price, so expectations are naturally a little lower.

Technical Specifications

The specifications of Z87 motherboards at anything other than the base price point are all fairly similar, and the Z87X-OC is no exception. However, it does have a few features not normally seen, such as the positioning of the internal USB ports, and the Gear buttons, more of which later.

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19-07-2013, 07:07:46

mArTyN
Beautiful board Quote

19-07-2013, 07:16:20

AverageNinja
Yay! Finally!
I've been looking out to this review!
I'm going to read it nowQuote

19-07-2013, 08:04:02

Etlar
Sorry to say it TTL, but no Movie ? :O Need some thing to do, when i wait on my parts ! Quote

19-07-2013, 08:49:29

GoogalyMoogaly
Disappointed you didn't cover RAM voltages. I've read in other reviews how many manufacturers (except Asus) don't accurately report RAM voltages in the BIOS. I was wondering fi this board is the same?
Also I believe they dropped the high end audio they've used on some of their OC boards in the past. I see no mention of anything audio related in the review.

The board also annoys me that I'd be paying all that money and if I put it in a case I can't use it. For example the PCI bracket, the overclocking buttons and the internal external USB ports. Would rather it was cheaper and didn't have these. They could make a "Z87X-OC TestBench" version for those that want to use it on a test bench and give the rest of use the other features at a lower price tag.

It's also a little disappointing that they went with a black PCB. They used to be rare, but have become more common in recent times. Pity Gigabyte didn't try to be different and come up with something new, if they're trying something new with could schemes.

That said this board is on my very short shortlist of Z87 boards (along with the Asus Z87 Maximus VI Gene and Hero boards) so it's good to know that it's ok.Quote

19-07-2013, 09:12:21

VonBlade
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Originally Posted by GoogalyMoogaly View Post
Disappointed you didn't cover RAM voltages. I've read in other reviews how many manufacturers (except Asus) don't accurately report RAM voltages in the BIOS. I was wondering fi this board is the same?
If we haven't mentioned it you can assume it's fine.

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Also I believe they dropped the high end audio they've used on some of their OC boards in the past. I see no mention of anything audio related in the review.
There is only one previous OC board, the X58. That used the ALC889 codec, this uses the ALC892. Everything uses the ALC892 which we mentioned in the technical specifications and is so ubiquitous that further mention (when there are many other features) was pointless.

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The board also annoys me that I'd be paying all that money and if I put it in a case I can't use it. For example the PCI bracket, the overclocking buttons and the internal external USB ports. Would rather it was cheaper and didn't have these. They could make a "Z87X-OC TestBench" version for those that want to use it on a test bench and give the rest of use the other features at a lower price tag.
Rather nit-picky. Sure you don't use the bracket in a case, but as this is the same price as all the mid-price boards that don't come with one then it's not costing any more. The buttons exist on nearly every motherboard (as power/reset ones at minimum) and yet nobody complains. Again it's not costing more so if you don't use them, ignore them. The internal USB ports were mentioned and explained that if you have a front panel device that utilises USB then it's a compact and simple to use solution.

You're implying that these features somehow make the board expensive, whereas it costs the same as most and so these elements aren't impacting the cost.

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It's also a little disappointing that they went with a black PCB. They used to be rare, but have become more common in recent times. Pity Gigabyte didn't try to be different and come up with something new, if they're trying something new with could schemes.

That said this board is on my very short shortlist of Z87 boards (along with the Asus Z87 Maximus VI Gene and Hero boards) so it's good to know that it's ok.
I'm so glad you're annoyed that Gigabyte use a black PCB on a black and orange motherboard. It's especially nice to see that the black PCB on all the ASUS motherboards don't dissuade you. Nothing like impartiality. Surely a blue PCB with black and orange plastic would be worse..?Quote
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