Like clockwork, JJ from ASUS showed up at the studio last month with a ton of 8-series Haswell motherboards in tow. JJ gave us a tour of what's new with the new platform as well as provided some color on how some of the changes to Haswell (e.g. Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator - FIVR) impacted ASUS' motherboard design. You can also see me get super excited about one of ASUS' new ROG features in the video.

JJ stuck around for a while and we've got 3 more videos coming including a tour of their new UEFI setup and a guide to Haswell overclocking.

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  • superflex - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    You were right the first time. It should be "Their"
    No edit button for you!
  • LancerVI - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    No. I needed edit.

    "Again, I'm shallow, their must also be form with my function."

  • JonnyDough - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    My comments:

    I love ITX. Can't wait to rock LAN parties with such a tiny box. What I want to see on ITX boards:

    High quality audio. Single gigabit NIC is fine. 4 USB ports is fine too, I still have no use for USB3.0. Overclocking is pointless to me considering the power in today's CPUs, but it's a fine feature for those who want it. It was fun and made sense on Athlon, but today it doesn't really get me much more performance.

    Longevity is great, considering that I won't be upgrading nearly as often (I made the jump from Opteron 185 OC'd - equal to a low end Core 2 Duo up to a Core i5 IVB and never really missed much). I'd love to start seeing seven year warranties. For a high quality ITX board with a great warranty I would spend $200. For a typical ATX board I won't spend more than around $100.

    It's good to see things like PS/2 ports finally being dropped off motherboards more and more. Those are so archaic they have cavemen laughing. I posted this in the Gigabyte preview: "Orange and neon green are fine, but obviously won't meet everyone's tastes. What we need are options. Make PCI-E and memory headers customizable/swappable. It's one more thing to sell us, and it gives us options. Try adding a bit of LED accent lighting to the board, just to give it a cool factor. Let users push a button to switch between colors. :)"
  • sna1970 - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - link

    use usb sound cards for itx ... or just use the optical sound and get a receiver ... The sound quality will be determined by the Reciever you choose when you use optical out , not the card. all optical out give the same signal regardless of which sound card is being used. the sound card/onboard sound changes the digital to analoge, but if you dont change to analoge from the sound card , and use the optical/digital out , the qualit of the reciever you buy is the important.

    so there is no need actually to ask for good onboard sound ...
  • Calinou__ - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - link

    dat audiophile.

    Fun fact: dedicated sound cards are useless since 2006 or so.
  • crimson117 - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    JJ - can you please produce a hierarchy / venn diagram of the various ASUS Z87 boards on the market?

    I always want to buy / recommend ASUS motherboards, as I believe you put a lot of thought into them, but then I end up going with other vendors after getting lost in your confusing product lineup :-/
  • Rajinder Gill - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - link

    Here's a table showing the mainstream product stack features in a single table:

  • dgingeri - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    Thoroughly disappointing. I looked these boards over on NewEgg, and the I/O area just looks mostly empty, with so few USB ports, while there are tons of headers at the bottom of the board. The slot layouts don't make much sense, either. I'm really disappointed with these new boards, even if I was interested in getting one of those boring Haswell chips. I'm disappointed in the processor. I'm disappointed in the chipset features. I'm disappointed with the performance. This is going to be another decade, or maybe even more, where we will get no technological advancement, like the early P4 days. Intel sucks.
  • ghitz - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    haha nice rant for the day with some truth.
  • Rovek - Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - link

    Asus Deluxe is ugly...great features but i can`t look at it

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