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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force

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Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force review: specs and price

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
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Why is Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force better than the average?

  • SATA 3 connectors
    10vs5.64
  • Fan headers
    11vs4.53
  • USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)
    4vs2.48
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)
    110dBvs108.15dB
  • USB 3.0 ports
    6vs4.37
  • PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
    5vs1.25
  • Multi-GPU
    4vs3.01
  • Audio channels
    8vs7.6

General info

1.Easy to overclock
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Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
2.multi-GPU
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The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.

Best

MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

4

4

3.CPU sockets
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The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5

4

4

4.height
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Best

MSI B150I Gaming Pro

170mm

264mm

5.Has Bluetooth
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Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
6.Easy to reset BIOS
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The motherboard has a button or switch on the rear panel to clear the CMOS, which resets the BIOS to factory settings. This is useful if something goes wrong with the BIOS which stops your computer from booting, as you can reset the BIOS without opening the case to access the CMOS jumper.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force

Memory

1.memory slots
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More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

16

4

2.maximum memory size
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The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

1024GB

32GB

3.RAM speed
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It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

MSI X299 Raider

3466MHz

1600MHz

4.memory channels
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More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

8

2

5.overclocked RAM speed
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The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.

Best

ASRock X299 OC Formula

4600MHz

3000MHz

Connectors

1.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)
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The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

Best

Asus X79 Deluxe

8

4

2.fan headers
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Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

Best

Asus Sabertooth X99

12

11

3.USB 3.0 ports
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More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

Best

Asus Z87-Pro

14

6

4.SATA 3 connectors
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SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

12

10

5.has a HDMI output
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Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
6.DVI outputs
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Allows you to connect to a display using DVI.

Best

Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming

1

0

Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
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PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Asus P9X79-E WS

7

5

2.PCIe x1 slots
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PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

ASRock H61 Pro BTC

5

2

Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)
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When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.

Best

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 9

127dB

110dB

2.audio channels
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Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5

10

8

3.audio connectors
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More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Best

EVGA Classified SR-2

10

6

4.Has S/PDIF Out port
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S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force

Storage

1.Supports RAID 1
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RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
2.Supports RAID 5
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RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
3.Supports RAID 0
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RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
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RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force
5.Supports RAID 0+1
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RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

For example

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro

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