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With time quickly approaching the launch of Haswell, leaks on both motherboards and CPU performance are coming out of the woodworks. Similar to our advance Ivy Bridge coverage, here is a current roundup of everything we were allowed to show or is currently in the public domain.

Fun with Z87

So as you would expect, reviewers like Anand and I are knee deep in getting Haswell coverage and testing ready for launch. We cannot tell you what we are testing, or what is coming in our repertoire, but we try to match what our readers want to see. As a general rule, in order to receive media kits from Intel, we sign a company-wide NDA, and then if we want kit from other companies (motherboards, pre-release systems), then they may request NDAs from specific people as well. I know I have personally signed a few in recent months leading up to the release.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6970/haswell-z87-motherboard-preview-50-motherboards-from-asus-gigabyte-asrock-msi-ecs-biostar-and-evga
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Some really nice styling this generation, especially from ASRock.
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I am not liking the gold colour scheme boards- looks so tacky.
Edited by VindalooJim - 5/22/13 at 2:44pm
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Like the looks of most of them, but i don't like the gold on the Asus boards.
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Interesting PCIe combinations, that's for sure. x8/x4/x4 + PCIe 2.0 x4 ? That 4th card scaling is going to suck.
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You would think that most of the mobo manufactures would know by now that we want a F%$#@&% blacked out mobo. Is it so hard to design a black motherboard with black pcie slots?

Make mobo's like the Asus ROG Rampage IV Extreme Black Motherboard :

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/X79-Black-LGA2011-ROG,21856.html

At least EVGA is going in the right direction: http://www.thinkcomputers.org/evga-teases-z87-classified-motherboard/

WTH were they thinking putting yellow/ gold on a mobo?
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Originally Posted by pcmonky View Post

You would think that most of the mobo manufactures would know by now that we want a F%$#@&% blacked out mobo. Is it so hard to design a black motherboard with black pcie slots?

You =/= the market.

Plus, the bulk of the market is not in North America or Europe.

-alex
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I can see that "copper dust shielding" on the ECS Z87H3-A4 somehow shorting a graphics card without a backplate plugged into that top PCIe slot. axesmiley.png



Not to mention it looks like somebody just strapped some cheapo sheet metal to the motherboard.
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You =/= the market.

Plus, the bulk of the market is not in North America or Europe.

-alex

I am aware of that, the availability of colored mobo's to all black is next to nothing. Not everyone wants a circus in there computer case.
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