Intel has now introduced the fourth generation of its Core processors, also known as Haswell. 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 33 of these new Socket 1150 Haswell motherboards, 26 with the Z87 chipset, four with H87 and three with B85. ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel and MSI participated in our group test, Biostar, ECS and EVGA were unable to provide a motherboard prior to the launch of Haswell.
We will discuss each motherboard in detail along with the changes in the BIOS for each brand. Follow the link below for a comparison table with all 33 motherboards. 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.
There are five versions of the new 8 series chipset: Z87, H87, Q87, Q85 and B85. The Q models are meant for business systems and support things like Intel Active Management Technology. For consumers the Z87, H87 and B85 are the most interesting ones, and we will focus on those in this review.
Because Intel switched to a new manufacturing process (reportedly from 65nm to 32nm) and moved even more features to the processor, the new chips are smaller and more efficient than their predecessors. You can read the rest of 33 Haswell motherboard group test: 26x Z87, 4x H87 and 3x B85 on Hardware.info.