Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview
Published: 28th April 2014 | Source: Gigabyte |
We'll start with the more standard elements of the Gigabyte Z97X SOC. The main point of interest is native 4K support. We know that 4K displays are still hugely expensive, but it's a testament to how quickly the price is dropping that the latest Intel chipset supports it by default.
Most of us don't change our CPUs very often but it shows how much of a focus Gigabyte are putting towards the extreme overclocker by doubling the thickness of the gold plating on the CPU socket. If you're looking for world record overclocks you're going to have to change your CPU dozens and dozens of times searching for the best possible starting point, so doubling the thickness of the gold ensures the most stable contact at all times.
We can't wait for the hardware to filter through that supports the SATA Express 10Gb/s port. Or perhaps the SATA 3 ones already see a benefit from the increased bandwidth. Without testing we don't know, and even if we had tested we can't tell you yet. Exciting though.