Computex: Gigabyte Display Z87 OC and OC Force Overclocking Z87 Motherboards
Ryan Martin / 4 years ago
For Z87 Gigabyte has a couple of high end motherboard series in addition to the usual UD3/UD4/UD5 and UD7 models. We have already taken a look at the Z87 G1.Sniper motherboards Gigabyte have on show at Computex 2013 here. Now it is time to take a look at that other high-end motherboard series the aptly named “OC” series. First up we have the GA-Z87X-OC Force motherboard which is designed to be the best of the best of Z87 and LGA 1150 overclocking. This motherboard boasts four way GPU support, Ultra Durable 5 components, an all IR digital power design, dual UEFI BIOS and an extreme heatsink design that features a fan over each. Additionally, the VRM heatsink can be water cooled for even better overclocking cooling.
Gigabyte have really gone to town on the OC Force in terms of overclocking features offering OC Touch, OC Ignition and OC Brace features. Furthermore the DDR3 and PCI Express slots are all gold plated for better conductivity. Despite being an overclocking oriented motherboard Gigabyte have still included other general features such as improved USB charging, dual Intel LAN, Realtek ALC898 audio, a Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi card and nine system fan headers.
The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC is a more “toned down” version of the OC Force. It utilises broadly the same feature set yet this one is more designed to be “less extreme” or more useable as a normal motherboard. As you can ssee the design is a lot more clean and features a lot less heatsink cooling. Yet this motherboard will still overclock very well and you can see just like the OC Force it is decked out with OC buttons, voltage check points and additional power connectors allover the motherboard. This model features only single Intel LAN but has more USb 3.0 ports. It features one less system fan header with 8 and loses the heatsink cooling fans.
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Images courtesy of eTeknix at Computex 2013.