Today is all about Haswell and Gigabyte is kicking things off with a video tour of some of their Haswell motherboard lineup. Colin from Gigabyte stopped by a couple of weeks back to show off some of the latest innovations implemented in Gigabyte's line of 8-series motherboards.

With Haswell the name of the game from the motherboard makers is really polish. With the exception of FIVR (Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator), the 8-series platform is very similar to those that came before it. This gave the motherboard makers time and encouragement to focus on improving user experience as much as possible. As a result we saw tons of attention paid to improving things like UEFI, software utilities and ease of use. Check out the video below to see what Gigabyte did this round.

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  • douglasman100 - Sunday, June 2, 2013 - link

    I'm really digging the orange color scheme, but they lost me at a PLX chip for the higher end motherboard when they stated earlier you get better performance without one....
  • IanCutress - Sunday, June 2, 2013 - link

    You get better performance (~1%) without the PLX in a single GPU scenario - but the Z87X-OC Force has a black PLX bypass (the Z87X-OC doesn't have a PLX) if you wanted that board and only to run one GPU. With two GPUs, there is almost no difference with and without the PLX, but once you hit three then the PLX can start to make sense over an x8/x4/x4 setup when you are pushing up the resolutions.

    The PLX also allows other cards to be used that require x8 bandwidth that are not GPUs to work alongside dual GPU setups.
  • AK_HAZE - Sunday, June 2, 2013 - link

  • adridu59 - Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - link

    The fan is silent and can be unplugged from the motherboard.
  • BlueReason - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    the camera work is getting me seasick.
  • Granseth - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    I have a feeling Anand is filming and talking at the same time. Seems like every time he is talking he can't focus on filming and the cameraworks is suffering.
    Maybe he should just keep the camera on a tripod all the time.
  • hasseb64 - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Can you please stop filming with a handheld Iphone. Try also to compress vital information.
    I managed to watch 2 minutes with fast scroll.
    This is beyond low AnandTech!
  • jabber - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    That motherboard's looks pretty much sums up all that is wrong with motherboard cosmetics really.
  • grammatonF - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    Motherboard with a fan is an excellent idea. That one little fan will remove heat far more effectively than a case full of fans. My large coolermaster case has 6 x 120mm fans and my CPU PWM was very hot on load (4.9ghz OC). Have an 80mm fan over PWM now and the temp is 29c full load.
  • grammatonF - Monday, June 3, 2013 - link

    It's a standard fitting fan too so it's easy to replace.

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