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Intel Z77 - mattr4569 - 04-10-2012

Anyone know what is different about this new motherboard line? I just saw them for sale on newegg this morning but I don't have enough expertise do know how they are different from P67 or Z68.


RE: Intel Z77 - MathieuB - 04-10-2012

They are basically the official line-up for the soon to come "Ivy Bridge" CPUs and thus offer official support for them, out of the box.

They also bring more SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, native USB 3.0 (instead of using a third party chip) and a few more things such as higher frequency RAM support.

For more information, see this AnandTech review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5728/intel-z77-panther-point-chipset-and-motherboard-preview-asrock-asus-gigabyte-msi-ecs-and-biostar


RE: Intel Z77 - mattr4569 - 04-10-2012

Cool. Thanks Mathieu. I assumed it was something to do with Ivy Bridge because it said specifically it would support the next generation of CPU's while others I've looked at don't necessarily make a note of that. Do you think this line will provide any added benefits that will significantly increase performance over Z68 or P67? For my build, I'm looking at P67 because I'm not interested in the other features of Z68 so I'm wondering if Z77 will provide the same added benefits that I'm not really interested in.


RE: Intel Z77 - MathieuB - 04-10-2012

"Do you think this line will provide any added benefits that will significantly increase performance over Z68 or P67?"
I highly doubt it, but we'll have to wait for Ivy Bridge to be here to be certain of that. USB 3.0 performance will likely be a notch better, but it's not exactly slow to begin with, so it's unlikely to make a difference unless you have a SSD hooked up via USB 3.0.

Z77 is the direct replacement to Z68, so you'll be better off with P67 for now. All the new 7 series chipset will support display outputs, so if you don't want any of that, go with P67. Just make sure to update the BIOS if you go with Ivy Bridge.


RE: Intel Z77 - ricky07652 - 04-10-2012

All ASUS mobos have Thunderbolt support along with a few others supporting it on their high-end line!
Time to build a Hackintosh...