Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Preview

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview


Most new Intel chipsets are brought along in part with a new socket design. LGA1366 brought us X58, LGA1156 gave us the P55. We've had P67/Z68/Z77 with the LGA1155. X79 with LGA2011 and the current Z87 on the Haswell LGA1150. 

So the big option that didn't change the socket too is the hugely successful Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge LGA1155 CPUs which are so incredibly popular that almost everyone we know has one in their rig. The adjustments between those three chipsets were very much incremental ones with the Z68 sweeping the P67 B3 revisions under the carpet and the Z77 finally refining the whole process.

The latest range of motherboards are now seeping their way into the UK, so whilst we're limited on what we can tell you about the specifics, we can at least show you the motherboards. The Z97 chipset is a refinement of the Z87, bridging the gap between the 4th Generation of Intel CPU's and the 5th Generation, which are the main reason for these motherboards existence. Let's start with the Gigabyte Z97X SOC, or Super Over Clock.

Technical Specifications

Regular readers, or those of you who follow these things closely, will be peering intently trying to discover what exactly is new on the SOC FORCE. Support for the 5th Generation of Intel CPU's is the most obvious change second to the inclusion of SATA Express. Otherwise the specification list doesn't scratch the surface of what the Gigabyte Z97X SOC has to offer.

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview  

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