"Time to say goodbye. Paesi che non ho mai veduto e vissuto con te!" (to countries I never saw and shared with you). I have to admit it that is exactly how I feel. Why, you may ask? If you haven't heard, Intel has announced that they will be stepping out of the motherboard manufacturing business after the launch of Haswell. This means no more Intel branded motherboards! What upsets me is I had actually begun to like the changes and advances that Intel has made over the last three years. Motherboards by Intel that I had reviewed prior to the Siler board (X79) always seemed to have something missing and were always overpriced. Suddenly, something started to click, heatsinks were denser, the digital VRM was working, it just worked and when the DZ77 board was launched, pay dirt! Price for performance, quality and features were spot on.
Intel has announced the availability of the 4th Generation Core Processors "Haswell" and with that the launch of the Z87 chipset, which you can find on all motherboards that support socket 1150. Z87 chipset features Intel® Smart Response Technology, enables the performance tuning features of unlocked Intel Core processors, native USB 3.0, SATA 6G and drives lower power, through enhanced link power management of the Advanced Host Controller Interface. Let's not forget, it supports three independent displays.
The Intel DZ87KLT-75K motherboard comes standard with many features. The DZ87KLT offers eight SATA 6G ports, support for 2400 MHz Memory (OC), back to BIOS switch, three Video out connectors, Thunderbolt, ten channel Intel HD Audio, dual Intel LAN, eight USB 3.0 ports, mSATA, and 3 PCI Express 3.0 slots, WiFi/Bluetooth and, of course, an onboard LED post Decode display. To wrap everything up, they even upgraded their UEFI BIOS to Visual BIOS 2.