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37 Haswell motherboard group test: 28x Z87, 6x H87 and 3x B85

ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI duke it out.

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Introduction

On 1 June 2013, Intel introduced the fourth generation of its Core processors, also known as Haswell. That day we published a group test of 33 motherboards, but as the prices weren't known at the time, it wasn't possible to draw accurate conclusions yet. It's been more than a month now, prices have stabilized, and we've even added some more boards to the round-up putting the total at 37. High time for an update, in other words. We've added descriptions for the new boards, and we've updated the benchmarks and, most importantly, the conclusion on the last page.  

The desktop processors in the Haswell generation use a different type of processor socket, called Socket 1150. That means if you want to use one of the new processors, you will have to buy a new motherboard as well. Intel also created a new chipset series, the 8 series or Lynx Point, for desktop motherboards: the Z87, H87, Q87, Q85 and B85. Hardware.Info tested 37 of these new Socket 1150 Haswell motherboards, 28 with the Z87 chipset, six with H87 and three with B85. ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI participated in our group test. Biostar, ECS and EVGA still have not sent us any Haswell motherboards.


We will discuss each motherboard in detail along with the changes in the BIOS for each brand. On the right side of the screen under "Products discussed in this review" you can click on each board to go to its product page where you find all of the specifications, test results and up to date prices. You can create your own comparison table by adding two or more boards to a comparison table, also on the right side of the screen. 

Here you can read our comprehensive review of the Intel Core i7 4770K, Core i5 4670K and Core i5 4430 processors that are compatible with these motherboards.

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33 products discussed in this review


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