Astute followers of the Z87 motherboard market might start to notice a trend. For each generation we have had gaming focused motherboards, designed with hardware to lure gamers with improved audio, better network priority hardware and software, as well as a few extras in the box. With Z77 and Z87 launch, the high end models of these can feature combination air/water cooling, independent audio calibration and a focus of WiFi connectivity. There is also some overlap with extreme overclockers, and thus boards can be aimed at both markets simultaneously in order to reduce an overall number of SKUs. At Z87 launch, very few models were aiming at gamers for the low-end. GIGABYTE for example has the G1.Sniper 5, a high end...

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