Despite being nowhere near the official release date, it would seem that retailers have jumped the gun.  We reported earlier that a retailer in China has started to list Intel’s next generation of chipset-based motherboards, but now this has spread to EMEA, APAC and North America.  The lists include detailed un-doctored images of each motherboard, with pricing.  Each retailer seems to be doing it differently, for example Newegg state that they have models ‘in stock’, whereas are listing their models for pre-order.

Currently at Newegg, we have the following available:

Fellow overclocker Coldest from JagatReview posted this image from a CoolPC, a Taiwanese outlet:

  • NTD $8990 (~ USD $300): ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark1
  • NTD $6990 (~ USD $231): ASUS Maximus VII Ranger
  • NTD $5990 (~ USD $198): GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H
  • NTD $4990 (~ USD $165): GIGABYTE Z97X-UD3H
  • NTD $4790 (~ USD $160): GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z97

And in Europe both Aria and Geizhals list the following from GIGABYTE:

  • £350.23: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming G1 Wifi BK
  • £265.09: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming G1
  • £228.19: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming GT
  • £201.25: Gigabyte Z97X-UD7-TH
  • £175.42: Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK
  • £157.99: Gigabyte Z97X-SOC
  • £149.28: Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H
  • £140.05: Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK
  • £139.96: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7
  • £127.73: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z97
  • £122.44: Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5
  • £119.03: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
  • £118.91: Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5
  • £113.64: Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H
  • £110.11: Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 3
  • £105.92: Gigabyte Z97X-SLI
  • £104.81: Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI
  • £96.01: Gigabyte Z97-D3H
  • £83.68: Gigabyte Z97M-D3H
  • £74.87: Gigabyte Z97M-DS3H
  • £70.31: Gigabyte Z97P-D3

Interesting enough, these are all GIGABYTE models, and the naming of these coincides with what we believe to be MSI’s product range as well, perhaps confusing the matter.  Notice that ASRock seem missing from these lists.

It would be interesting to see if the retailers will actually ship today if you ordered.  Those specifically with ‘pre-order’ mentioned might wait until the launch date, but some seem to be freely listing ‘in-stock’.  I have a feeling that other retailers in each of these regions might start listing their stock in response.


Additional: It would seem that motherboard manufacturers are also starting to list all their specifications on their websites.  Users can see the whole range for ASUS today, and no doubt GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI will follow suit.

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  • DigitalFreak - Friday, May 2, 2014 - link

    Yeah. If you're not interested in Haswell, the only new features are more SATA 6Gb ports and M.2 support.
  • extide - Friday, May 2, 2014 - link

    Sata express is really the only main thing, and yeah no drives out, yet, but they will come...
  • Flunk - Friday, May 2, 2014 - link

    You'll have to wait for Broadwell, then we're slated to finally get DDR4.
  • Impulses - Friday, May 2, 2014 - link

    Still rocking a P67 here, and a trusty 2500K...

    As a part time gamer whose next most intensive usage case is the occasional Lightroom/Premier Elements workload, the CPU/mobo market just hasn't been very interesting the last few years. Shouldn't Thunderbolt have taken off by now?

    I'm not sure even a big SATA upgrade and new drives would prompt me to upgrade, the two 830 128GB drives in RAID are working pretty well (only went RAID cause i got a clearance deal on the second one).
  • brucek2 - Friday, May 2, 2014 - link

    It is a sad state of affairs when the discussion of a "new generation" of motherboards revolves mostly around a debate as to which currencies should have been included.

    Separately, is it common for launches/rollouts to be managed so poorly? It seems like the news of / release of these boards and chipsets has been dribbling out forever, with any eventual launch seeming less and less imminent, relevant, or an actual event. If it had been my company that put time and effort into this rebadge / refresh, I'd be fairly annoyed with my marketing department at this point.
  • meacupla - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - link

    oh, nice.
    gigabyte finally fixed their socket location for their mITX boards. That was a major shortcoming for their 7 and 8 series mITX boards.
  • coolhund - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - link

    Still not enough USB ports. At least one more USB 2.0 Header on the board would have done it, or getting rid of that PS2 connector already and replace it with 2 USB ports...
  • Arnulf - Saturday, May 3, 2014 - link

    Not Cherrios, that's for sure.
  • doggghouse - Friday, May 9, 2014 - link

    I'm confused... I thought the Z97 chipset was meant for Haswell refresh and Broadwell...? Would these motherboards accept current Haswell CPUs?

    Also a side note, Newegg today is showing the same motherboards as a week ago, but now they have additional Z97 with Release Date 5/11. So maybe they really are shipping the Z97s already?

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