Our Final Thoughts
Gigabyte has really changed things coming from the Z77 OC board to the Z87. When I looked at the Z77 I was not too impressed as the VRM was massive and I just didn’t see a need but from what I see on the Z87 series they refined their approach and threw out the book on design and started over fresh. To me this is the best thing they ever could have done as these boards are not just impressive but they simply perform and even have some awesome features and innovations which make them a great buy even for a gamer who may want the orange look in his new windowed rig.
The overclocking features from the OC Brace to the massive amount of onboard controls and even the unique slot trace layouts all add up to a board that allows so much potential and overclock capability but at a price that makes you feel like you’re dreaming.
The sheer fact that the Gigabyte board can pull off a sub 200 price tag and have pro level OC features is raising the bar for future board releases as Gigabyte now offers two high end OC models to fit even more extreme enthusiasts needs, and I can only see this meaning good things for the future of ASUS board offerings if decisions like this can continue.