Conclusion: Before Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, overclocking your CPU involved changing half a dozen settings to try to obtain the highest clock speed. This was because there were so many different ways to obtain your maximum frequency; things were a bit complicated even if you are an experienced computer enthusiast.
Summary: We'll be taking a look at one of Intel's motherboards today, specifically the Intel DZ77GA-70K which is part of its Extreme Motherboard series. How can you tell it's an extreme motherboard? Why it has a skull on it of course! All kidding aside there is more to the DZ77GA-70K than just marketing.
"Roads End" and "Gasper": Intel DZ77RE-75K and Intel DZ77GA-70K LGA 1155 Mainboards Review
12 July 2012
Summary: Both these mainboards belong to the “Extreme” series. The major distinguishing feature of the top model is support of the Thunderbolt interface. Besides, both boards have new Intel Visual BIOS. They boast extensive functionality, work stably in nominal mode and even support overclocking. However, they are not completely issue-free, which may cast a shadow over the initial rosy impression from these boards.
Conclusion: That being said, it’s not the perfect board for everyone. If you are looking to install three video cards or plan to connect more than one monitor without a dedicated graphics card, you’ll find more capable options elsewhere. But for most folks looking to build a cutting-edge system for gaming, multimedia, or other performance-centric uses (and hoping not to have to splash out for a board that costs more than the leading Ivy Bridge chip), the DZ77GA-70K is a superb...
Pros: Excellent selection of slots and ports, Easily overclockable, Superb graphical BIOS design, Consumer IR connector
Conclusion: With the Intel DZ77GA-70K I really didn’t know what to expect when going in. I know my last few experiences with Intel board have been great. But it’s still always hard to get the old non overclockable boards out of your head. The DZ77GA-70K is an impressive board packed full of features including total of 8 SATA connections. The black PCB along with blue highlights gives the board a stylish look to go along with its great feature set.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: USB 3.0 hub design adds 3.0 ports without using PCI-E lanes, BIOS to die for, PLX Technologies chip makes the best of the PCI-E lanes you have, On-board WiFi and Bluetooth, POST sequence LEDs enable easy diagnosis of POST problems
Cons: Still not feature-competitive as it could be, PCI slots? Really?, Clunky Bluetooth module
Summary: The Z77 chipset brings a few new features to Intel's lineup and while it all seems impressive on paper, in reality it's an incremental upgrade. The update to PCI Express 3.0 is the most substantial change, but even gamers with the latest top-of-the-line GPUs won't see any benefit from the extra bandwidth. The long awaited native USB 3.0 controller performs as well as third party solutions, so there's no difference aside from the shedding of an extra chip on the PCB.
Excerpt: This week, Intel just launched their new 7 Series line of motherboards and chipsets in preparation for the arrival of 3rd-generation Core processors later this month. These include first- and third-party offerings based on the H77 (mainstream), Z75 (performance), and Z77 (enthusiast) chipsets, made specifically to pair with the new Ivy Bridge CPUs with built-in graphics capabilities.
Conclusion: The Z77 chipset brings us native PCI-E 3.0, USB 3.0, and a few small technological enhancements over the 6 series chipset. Overall, there is no radical new technology on the new chipset that demands an upgrade from a 6 series board. New features such as Rapid Start and 3-display support will only work if you pair the chipset with the new Ivy Bridge processor. If you are using the Sandy Bridge processor, these features will not be available to you.