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: One thing that I would like to add is that this board was stable throughout the tests, both at stock and over-clock. We did not have one single crash which is something I have come not to expect out of enthusiast class Intel boards in their review-sampling stage.
Summary: The Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard performs as expected with no variances in voltage or floating base clock.
(Performs as Expected? - Stable throughout all testing without failure)
It’s probably been quite a while since you heard someone recommend an Intel motherboard. Intel branded motherboards have been shunned based on price and lack of expandability, as well their appearance. I can say I have never tested a bad Intel motherboard.
Pros: Four USB 3.0 Connectors, Voltage Regulator Heatsinks, Intel Rapid Storage Technology, 3 Year Warranty, Dr MOS, Back to BIOS Switch, Exceptional Auto Tuning, Up to 64GB od Quad Channel DDR 3 Memory, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN, BlueTooth and WiFi Module, Easy Navigatible EFI BIOS
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: 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.