TechSpot: 4-Way Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up

Although Intel's die shrink of Sandy Bridge isn't due until next week (Monday, rumors say), the company has long shipped Ivy Bridge's accompanying chipsets. It might seem odd to jump the gun on "next-gen" motherboards, but 7-series platforms are backwards compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, so users have actually been able to buy a Z77 motherboard and use it for a few weeks without Ivy Bridge.

Naturally, that means Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors share the same socket. In addition to Sandy Bridge CPUs being compatible with 7-series motherboards, 6-series motherboards are compatible with Ivy Bridge chips. In other words, with little more than a BIOS update, folks running on older boards based on chipsets such as the H67, P67 or Z68 should be able to use one of Intel's latest processors.

After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. Fortunately, we have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.

Read: 4-Way Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up

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No Asus board in the review?
I just bought one on Newegg and got it yesterday, and so far, it's an extremely solid board. Can't really see it getting much better.

Astra.Xtreme said,
No Asus board in the review?
I just bought one on Newegg and got it yesterday, and so far, it's an extremely solid board. Can't really see it getting much better.

Yep that board should easily last you 6 years. Also seeing how most of these boards have solid state capacitors they should be very reliable boards.

Astra.Xtreme said,
No Asus board in the review?
I just bought one on Newegg and got it yesterday, and so far, it's an extremely solid board. Can't really see it getting much better.

What Asus board? I used asus last time and liked them

togerland said,

What Asus board? I used asus last time and liked them

I got the ASUS P8Z77-V LK. I didn't want the Wifi antennas on the more expensive ones, and needed something that supported 8x/8x SLI, so that one was the perfect fit. It's a sharp looking board too. I'd be proud to display it if my case had a window on the side.

I know these are definitely faster than a i7 920 from 2008 but as someone who built an i7 920 4 years ago and has since upgraded it to 12 Gigs of ram and added an SSD, my computer feels fast for anything I need. I don't plan on upgrading for at least another 3 years. Any reason why someone like me should upgrade?

The USB 3.0 would be nice, but I could always add that with a PCI card.

warwagon said,
I know these are definitely faster than a i7 920 from 2008 but as someone who built an i7 920 4 years ago and has since upgraded it to 12 Gigs of ram and added an SSD, my computer feels fast for anything I need. I don't plan on upgrading for at least another 3 years. Any reason why someone like me should upgrade?

The USB 3.0 would be nice, but I could always add that with a PCI card.

The fact we have that much RAM to install with very few applications that can use it, multi-core processors and SSDs to help with performance, things have certainly changed from the previous decade where every speed bump mattered.

warwagon said,
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I think you should upgrade Warwagon, or get another new PC. That way you'll be able to post your jokes twice as quickly for us to all enjoy.