Supermicro C7Z87-OCE Review
Surprise… surprise… Supermicro, well known server technology provider decided to enter the already crowded consumer market. There is a chance that most of you never heard of Supermicro before, but they have over 20 years experience in providing solutions for HPC, Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Big Data and Embedded Systems.
This is not a surprising move as Intel already announced that, after the launch of Haswell platform, they will not manufacture consumer motherboards anymore. Intel-made motherboards were acknowledged as highly reliable, stable and offered a great out-of-the-box experience, things which Supermicro can cover given their extensive server background.
Supermicro wants to push things even further with its advertising of the C7Z87-OCE as an overclocking oriented motherboard, a little daring considering this is their first contact with overclocking and consumer motherboards. I have no doubt that they can manage to pull out an overclocking motherboard hardware wise, but I strongly doubt they had the time and experience to fine tune the most important thing on such a motherboard: the BIOS.
Let’s not forget that the manufacturers that currently have overclocking motherboards had tweaked them for years and even hired OC legends for this task. It will not be easy for Supermicro to compete with that, but let’s not draw conclusions from the beginning and let’s first see what we have here.