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After a fair few teasers over the last month, ASUS have finally revealed their new range of motherboards, based on Intel’s Z87 chipset.
ASUS have long been associated with their blue PCB and heatsink designs, and it wasn’t until the release of the red and black ROG Gaming PC series motherboards that things started to change. The Z87 motherboards have been “blinged up” with a new and very unique black PCB (long awaited), highlighted with a gold heatsink design (wait, what?).
Now, aesthetics aren't important, right? Isn't it all about performance? Well yes, but the year is 2013 and almost every PC case has a Perspex window on the side. Arguably the aesthetics of your motherboard, being the largest component in the case, are more important than ever. I’m not about to go out and buy one of these, regardless of the performance, I mean it looks like something Mr. T would wear round his neck – in fact, growing up in the North East of England I've spent pretty much most of my life avoiding things which are clad in gold.
Thankfully, we see the return of that black Thermal Armor on the revised Sabertooth, which looks awesome. The ROG boards are still red and black. Annoyingly ASUS still seem to be spreading an awful brown colour on the new Gryphon Motherboard. It looks like someone who works on the ASUS design team REALLY loves Sepia Tones. Great news for Noctua owners though, you've finally got something to match those awful brown fans.
Having seen previews of other manufacturer’s new Z87 designs, which are due out shortly, I can safely say this is my least favorite. The new Gigabyte boards are doing it for me, as well as MSI’s new designs.
More information will be released over the coming weeks as Haswell’s birthday draws near.