Intel DZ87KLT-75K LGA1150 Desktop Motherboard Review


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Closer Look: DZ78KLT-75K

Intel doesn’t push any boundaries in their ATX motherboard layout; everything’s where you’d expect it to be. There are a few items of note, though: the first is the inclusion of a single PCI slot in position 6. Since the Z87 chipset no longer supports PCI, Intel uses an ITE Tech 8892E PCI-E to PCI bridge chip. There are six four-pin PWM fan headers, and Intel flags them all in bright red.


The ATX main power connector is in its expected place, with on-board Power and Reset buttons nearby. Just above these buttons is a small audio transducer, a feature I really like to see on a board since it means you don’t have to dangle some little speaker from the front panel header to hear the POST beeps.


Moving to the left reveals a blue USB 3.0 header, then the 8 SATA ports. The six blue ports are 6G ports from the Z87 chipset, while the two gray ports are 3G ports.


The slot layout comprises three PCI-E 16x slots and three PCI-E 1x slots, along with a single PCI slot. Giant skull motifs notwithstanding, a lot of Intel boards go into business and OEM systems, so perhaps the inclusion of the PCI slot is understandable.


From left to right, the I/O panel has a PS/2 mouse-keyboard combo port, two (yellow) USB 2.0 ports, the Back to BIOS button, a FireWire 800 port, two gigabit Ethernet ports, six USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort video output, and analog audio panel with an optical audio out port, and a single Thunderbolt port. The yellow USB ports support high-amperage charging for tablets and other devices.


Let’s take a look at the details of this board in the next section.


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  1. Stefan

    Hello David,

    I am commenting on this page in the hopes that you will sell me this beautiful piece of hardware that I have been unable to find anywhere else. I am kindof hoping that you don’t like it and arent using it, but I fell in love with it a while back but couldn’t afford it then. now that I revisit my pcpartpicker build I found out that it is not available anymore. Please, please let me know if you are willing to part with it.

    Best regards,

  2. David Ramsey

    Hi Stefan,

    Sadly, that motherboard has been in a landfill somewhere for years. Did you notice in the article that it was a pre-production board? It failed a couple of weeks after the article was published, and when I reached out to Intel to see about getting it repaired, I was informed that they don’t offer any kind of warranty _or service_ on review items.

    The only working Intel motherboard I have is a DX79SI, which is LGA2011. I’d sell it cheap, but honestly, given the fact that it’s also a pre-production board that you’d never be able to get serviced, I wouldn’t recommend spending any money on it.

    You know Intel’s left the consumer motherboard business, right?

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