ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme
Phoronix: ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme
For those in the market for an Intel Z87 Haswell motherboard, the ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme is a great candidate and sells for less than $250 while packing a plethora of features and is mostly compatible with Linux.
In many reviews the ASRock Z77 Extreme and Pro series had been the winners regarding price/performance. I guess the same could happen with ASRock Z87 motherboards.
Too expensive. "High-end" motherboards are becoming less and less relevant, and most people would be very happy with a $100 MB.
Thank you for reviewing that Haswell motherboard. I would like to see more hardware reviews at Phoronix.com. Especially Linux friendly hardware.
I also think that $100 motherboards are most interesting. As well as $100 CPUs, and $100 graphics cards.
Anyone know any mITX boards where the sensors and audio work? Of course, not at the expense of other things working. Also, which OEM tend to provide BIOS updates longer?
Most manufacturers are only willing to send out their high-end products, unfortunately.
Originally Posted by 16050
I'm very happy with a:
Asus Z87 PRO
for my new Haswell pc. Asus even seems to support Linux.
Yeah, unless you are going for very high overclocks just save the heatsinks from your old gear and either fit them or cut them to fit the hotspots like the MOSFETs and chokes that the high end mobos use and either use something like the Arctic Silver epoxy or thermal grease and a drop of super glue in the corners if you want a less permanent bond.
Originally Posted by Calinou
These heatsinks you find on high-end mobos are also irrelevant, you can do decent overclocks (4.4-4.5 GHz depending on your CPU) on a $100 mobo just fine. On top of that, most users don't overclock for various reasons (lower performance per watt, less stability).
Originally Posted by Kivada
Supermicro C7Z87-OCE (Intel Z87) Motherboard ?