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Just a few weeks back, we brought you the news that a few motherboard manufacturer's have showed off their upcoming Z97 motherboards. The motherboards displayed by the vendors were only prototype and didn't show any specific features of the next generation design but companies have started to tease these features over the recent days which look impressive.
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Gigabyte's turn to go gold?
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Here we go: Another thread where the first half posts about how they like the styling and the other half passive-aggressively complains about how horrible it looks.
Well it's a thread about mobo teasers and the only real info we have is the looks... So I would say that the posts are to be expected in this case.

More in-depth discussion when someone actually details an OCing board and its features.
 

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look real closely at both the Classified and the MSI gaming Mobo's...

notice any similarities???
 

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I asked a question on the AT forums about mSata, M.2, and mPCIe, and this is the response I got:
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All three are form factors that are mainly meant for laptops and other mobile devices due to their small size. They all require a specific slot or adapter (i.e. can't connect mSATA to a regular SATA connector).

mSATA and mPCIe share the same connector and overall PCB layout, but electrically they are different (mSATA is routed to the IO controller, mPCIe to the PCIe controller). Some boards may also have slots that function as both mSATA and mPCIe.

M.2 is the successor of mSATA and uses a different connector (i.e. not compatible with mSATA or mPCIe). Electrically it supports both SATA and PCIe interfaces.

The ASUS Maximus VI Formula is a unique motherboard in the sense that it supports M.2, which is rare at this point. However, it's limited to just one PCIe 2.0 lane (500MB/s) and is hence slower than SATA 6Gbps. It also has an mPCIe slot, although mPCIe SSDs are quite hard to find.

To be honest, currently there is no point in using something else than 2.5" SATA SSDs in a desktop build.
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2367446

So, I was excited to see these slots showing up (storage without cables? sign me up!), but apparently they have some performance limitations. If they're claiming better data rates than SATA3, then that would be something worth noting. I would wonder how the PCIe lanes were then distributed. Especially since on a Z97 they're going to be gobbled up rather severely by the graphics cards. The question then becomes does this board have the same limitation on M.2 as the Asus Rog board does, and if not, why not?
 

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It seems msi wants a slice of the evga z87 classifieds pie.
IT'S THE SAME DAMN BOARD!!!!!!

focus on the dip switches and every thing (except the heatsink) around them
 

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Any word on pricing?

Should I get a [Haswell + Z87].... or wait for [Devil's Canyon + Z97]?
 
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