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Today Intel introduced the fourth generation of its Core processors, also known as Haswell. The desktop processors in the Haswell generation use a different type of processor socket, called Socket 1150. That means if you want to use one of the new processors, you will have to buy a new motherboard as well. Intel also created a new chipset series, the 8 series or Lynx Point, for desktop motherboards: the Z87, H87, Q87, Q85 and B85. Hardware.Info tested 33 of these new Socket 1150 Haswell motherboards, 26 with the Z87 chipset, four with H87 and three with B85. ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI participated in our group test, Biostar, ECS and EVGA were unable to provide a motherboard prior to the launch of Haswell.

We will discuss each motherboard in detail along with the changes in the BIOS for each brand. Click here for a comparison table with all 33 motherboards. On the right side of the screen under "Products discussed in this review" you can click on each board to go to its product page where you find all of the specifications, test results and up to date prices. You can create your own comparison table by adding two or more boards to a comparison table, also on the right side of the screen.

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Seems like the motherboards will sell the CPUs and not the other way around this cycle.
Impressive motherboard designs all around.
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Nice to see! smile.gif
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Now, for the pricing.. :/ That ASUS Z87-Deluxe looks pretty legit, if it's below $300 I'll prolly go for it.
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Seems like the motherboards will sell the CPUs and not the other way around this cycle.
Impressive motherboard designs all around.

also my thoughts

seems to me the strength in Haswell going to be in the motherboards, what with 6 x SATA6 on the intel controller and many of the boards including much better overall features such as improved audio components and many of the boards including Intel or Killer LAN instead of Realtek

there's also a pretty wide variation, going to be hard to choose
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also my thoughts

seems to me the strength in Haswell going to be in the motherboards, what with 6 x SATA6 on the intel controller and many of the boards including much better overall features such as improved audio components and many of the boards including Intel or Killer LAN instead of Realtek

there's also a pretty wide variation, going to be hard to choose

and this is THE reason i secretly wish for Haswell to be 1155 frown.gif

Seriously though, with haswell Intel could have pulled it off on 1155. (but they got greedy a bit)
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Seriously though, with haswell Intel could have pulled it off on 1155. (but they got greedy a bit)

Not with its Intergrated Voltage Regulator and other new hardware-based features. The existing 6-Series and 7-Series boards would have no way of making that work.
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Have to agree. Haswell motherboards have more features than IB motherboards. Seems to be the general consensus that mobos will make people get Haswell CPUs.
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Impressive motherboards this time around. They all look pretty nice.
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Not with its Intergrated Voltage Regulator and other new hardware-based features. The existing 6-Series and 7-Series boards would have no way of making that work.

well, these new features with some work could have been somewhat implemented on 1155. for example: make non integrated VRM SKUs for Z77 and make the new Chipsets so that they support integrated VRM. i'm not saying that it is easy to do but IMO Intel could have gone a little AMD here TBH and still have all of the advertised features like BGA etc.

(because it is a shame really with al of these amazing motherboards, unless they will do like MSI with their late gaming series Z77 but unlikely)
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