Haswell is on its way, and the major motherboard manufacturers are wasting no time in showing off what they will have to offer to gamers and overclockers. We’ll take a quick look at the boards that interest us most – those that sit in the $200-250 price range, offering solid hardware for stable gaming and overclocking, but not going overboard with features.
Starting off with Gigabyte, we have the Z87X-UD5H. You can expect this to be much like the Z77X-UD5H we awarded with our Editor’s Choice Award. That was a solid board for air-cooled overclocking, and offered all the features you want, but no features you don’t want that would add to the price.
Next we have the Z87 MPower series from MSI. This is probably going to be a pretty high end board, as it has quite a few extra features. In fact, they already have a product page for it, which you can read here.
Asus’ entry to the $200 range is the Maximus VI Hero.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of info about these boards just yet, at least in terms of what is lurking underneath all those heatsinks. We won’t know for sure until we are able to post full reviews, where we can really tear them down and scrutinize them thoroughly.
For now, we can enjoy some nice motherboard shots, to whet our appetites for Haswell’s launch next month.