Subject: Motherboards | March 6, 2012 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, Ivy Bridge, Z77, z77a-gd65, lga1155
Legit Reviews have posted a full review of the Ivy Bridge based MSI Z77A-GD65, with an i7-2600K, 8GB DDR3-1600, a Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD and a Radeon HD6950. This new platform brings native USB 3.0 to Intel chipsets, but since they don't yet have an Ivy Bridge CPU to test we don't get a chance to see PCIe 3.0 in action, the new SATA 6Gbps controller fared well though. There is a new UEFI ClickBIOS implementation which some might find a compelling reason to upgrade but if you are currently running a Sandy Bridge machine you are better off to wait until you can get your hands on one of the soon to be released Ivy Bridge processors.
"It's going to be an interesting ride for the Intel Z77 chipset. It is looking like the only difference is the addition of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0. The problem with the Intel Z77 chipset is that it doesn't feature anything really worth upgrading for over the Intel Z68 system. If your looking to build a new system with either a Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processor, the Intel Z77 would be the way to go. If you're on an existing 'Sandy Bridge' system, there really isn't a good reason to make the switch..."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- MSI Z77A-GD55 Motherboard Review @ HardwareHeaven
- ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene & Sabertooth @ Legit Reviews
- MSI Z77A-GD55 Motherboard Video Preview @Hi Tech Legion
- MSI Z77 Motherboard Preview @ eTeknix
- MSI Z77A GD65 @ Guru of 3D
- MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Review @ OCC
- ASUS Rampage IV GENE X79 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Sapphire Pure Black X79N @ Hardwareoverclock
- VGA X79 FTW X79 Motherboard Review @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Socket 2011 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers
- ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Intel DX79SI X79 LGA2011 @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2012 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z77, mini-itx, maximus v gene, maximus v formula, asus, Sabertooth, p8z77-V deluxe, p8z77 work station
Ryan wasn't the only one to get a preview of the new Intel Express Z77 motherboards, other models have been spotted on the web. [H]ard|OCP had the same preview of the mATX Maximus V GENE, the SABERTOOTH Z77, mITX P8Z77-I Deluxe, ROG Maximus V Formula and the P8Z77-V Deluxe and a WorkStation version of the Deluxe as well. All are LGA1155 boards with built in video out to take advantage of the next generation of Intel's onboard HD graphics and all but the Gene feature Lucid's Hydra technology. These are the first examples of this chipset and the boards are something to behold.
"If you find new motherboards to be worthy of eye candy, then we have a treat for you as ASUS pulled back the curtains on its Z77 model motherboards last week here in Dallas, TX. While there is a whole lot we can't tell you about the next generation Intel processors to occupy the LGA1155 socket, we can run down a very new software feature set."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- A sneak peek at Asus' next-gen Intel motherboards @ The Tech Report
- AMD Confirms CPU Bug Found By DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon @ Slashdot
- AMD invests in Nuvixa for OpenCL-accelerated applications @ DigiTimes
- Co-chiefs likely to run future TSMC, says Chang @ DigiTimes
- Intel runs three Ivy Bridge fabs ragged for April blast off @ The Register
- Windows 8 Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts @ Techspot
7-series based motherboards from ASUS
This is going to be an interesting couple of months as the industry balances the move from Sandy Bridge to the 3rd Generation of Intel Core processor and the 7-series chipsets. We have documented the rumored delays of the Ivy Bridge CPUs but it looks like Intel is moving ahead with the Z77/H77 chipset launch as planned. This means that from now until whenever those new CPUs actually launch we will see quite a few new motherboards announced from the typical vendors claiming "future platform compatibility."
Recently we spent some time with our friends at ASUS to learn about its plans for the Z77 launch and I must say I came away quite impressed with the technology and features being integrated. Today I am allowed to share with you some photos and basic information about the features being offered on the ASUS Z77 lineup, though without much hands-on time we are limited in what we can say.
There are going to be options ranging from the high-end Maximus V Formula to the budget priced P8Z77-V to the ultra-niche with the mini-ITX P8Z77-I Deluxe. Enjoy!
Subject: Motherboards, Processors, Chipsets | February 29, 2012 - 09:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: just delivered, z77a-gd65, Z77, sandy bridge, msi, Ivy Bridge, Intel
In preparation for Intel's 3rd generation of Intel Core microprocessor architecture (can you see we are dancing around things already), MSI has started showing a new line of motherboards. While at CES in January we saw the Z77A-GD65 option that will be available soon and offers some interesting new specs and features.
The Z77A-GD65 sports Military Class III components as well as support for a host of new items including PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.0. While we can't share much more than that in terms of details I thought it might be worth showing off a few shots of the upcoming motherboard from our friends at MSI.
Subject: Motherboards, Shows and Expos | January 10, 2012 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Z77, msi, lga1155, Ivy Bridge, CES
You probably saw Scott's coverage of the unveiling of the new Z77 chipset based motherboards from Gigabyte which will support Intel's soon to be released Ivy Bridge family of processors. This spells a return to LGA 1155, though don't expect your old Sandy Bridge processor to be able to take advantage of all the features of this new high end chipset.
MSI has two brand new boards they are showing off at CES 2012, the Z77A-GD80 and the Z77A-GD65. The first will be their new flagship motherboard and will feature new versions of ClickBIOS, their UEFI implementation and Multi-BIOS overclocking helper which will allow you to save profiles and recover from BIOS corruption. The board will continue their tradition of PCIe 3.0 compliance with three 16x slots and it will have four dual dual channel DIMM slots that can accept up to DDR3-2667. They've also included four USB 3.0 and four SATA 6Gbps ports for your storage needs.
The Z77A-G65 below sports the same overall features as the GD80 with some changes to the PCB. Looking to the top of the board you can see the GD65 lacks a heatsink at the very top edge but you can still see that MSI has used Military Class III components on the motherboard and the always on USB charging port.
*update* The missing link has been found that seperates the GD80 from the GD65 and that difference is none other than Thunderbolt. The Z77A-GA80 has Thunderbolt support, the new interface which allows an external peice of hardware direct access to the PCIe bus and will allow transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. That speed allows the use of devices like MSI's GUS II, an external video card enclosure that comes with an expensive and sometimes hard to find Thunderbolt cable. That interface is not limited to GPUs, it will be interesting to see what use enthusiasts who purchase the Z77A-GD80 will put Thunderbolt to.
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