Intel DZ87KLT-75K ‘Kinsley Thunderbolt’ Showcased
Intel’s upcoming Haswell motherboard has been showcased. The new Intel DZ87KLT-75K ‘Kinsley Thunderbolt’ will be the flagship motherboard of the Haswell platform. The motherboard was spotted at the company’s IDF conference held in Bejing, China. Not only this, Intel is working on a wide variety of Haswell motherboards. Also note that according to reports, the Z87 motherboard will be the last of it’s kind. More details after the break.
The Intel DZ87KLT-75K ‘Kinsley Thunderbolt’ motherboard features the new Z87 PCH, and will support the upcoming Haswell based Core i5 and Core i7 processors which would be available in June 2013. The motherboard in question supports dual-channel memory, along with supporting high memory frequencies up to 2400 MHz+ OC, holding 32GB of memory in total. The motherboard also comes with support for Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile), to enable high frequencies on faster ram modules. It packs 3 PCI-E x16 3.0 slots (x16/x16/x8 electrical), 3 PCI-E x1 slots, 1 legacy PCI slot and a single PCI-E mini slot for m-SATA Solid State Drives (SSD’s). The board supports both SLI and CrossfireX multi-GPU configurations and enables iGPU display through HDMI display connector.
Storage options include a total of 8 SATA 6 Gbps ports while I/O includes 8 USB 2.0 ports and 8 USB 3.0 ports along with the addition of Thunderbolt interface, 2 x 2 Internal/External Hi current ports, a 10 channel (8+2) Intel High definition audio jack, 2 Intel Gigabit Dual Lan ports, SPDIF headers and more. The board also supports Intel’s Smart Response technology, RST with Raid 0,1,5,10 support and CPU/iGPU performance tuning.
Additional features include Intel Visual BIOS, Lucid Trivialization, Back-To-BIOS switch, Power On/Off switches, Debug LED, Bluetooth plus and Wi-Fi modules and 100% solid state capacitors to ensure long lasting stability. It should be noted that Intel showcased the motherboard along with a Haswell processor running the new RTS1150LC cooler. The RTS2011LC was built specifically for the X79 HEDT-platform but it seems it has now made a debut on Haswell. Another thing to note is that, all Haswell motherboards will be C2 stepping since the older C1 stepping developed some USB 3.0 issues.