Z77 Mobo Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac

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We've already covered all of the juicy details of Intel’s Z77 chipset and put a few motherboards through their paces, but there are so many manufacturers with killer boards available based on the chipset, that it’d be a crime if we didn’t round up another stack of them for you.

This round of Z77 mainboards consists of entries from ASRock, EVGA, Gigabyte, and Zotac. To date, the EVGA Z77 FTW and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi we're going to show you here are the only Z77 boards from their respective companies (though more are surely on the way), while the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional and Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H are high-end offerings, although not quite at the tip top of their respective product line-ups.


The ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, EVGA Z77 FTW, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi

As always, each manufacturer took their own approach to building boards around the Z77 chipset, offering their own proprietary tweaks, layout, aesthetics, UEFI, and software. All four took full advantage of the features afforded to them by the platform itself, as well, including native USB 3.0 support among a few other things.


Intel Z77 Express Chipset Block Diagram

If you haven’t yet decided which 7-series motherboard you’re going to build your next Ivy Bridge system on (or if you simply like reading about/drooling over shiny new hardware), read on for the skinny on four more Z77-based mainboards, the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, EVGA Z77 FTW, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi.

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Building a comp for a friend. They probably will not ever take the cover off of the case unless something goes wrong with it. They play a few games and such. They are not really up on computer stuff but like to play games. Any thoughts, pros, cons to the Gigabyte for this sort of a build?

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It seems alot of the people I know for the z77 is going with EVGA. I got nothing aginst ASrock or Zotac but I haven't used their board before. As for gigabyte ive read alot of people recommend them but after using one of their boards (it was an AMD board so it may not apply since I personally have an ASUS anyways) I just lost some faith in gigabyte for the fact of just getting Windows to recognize a RAID I setup though the board. 

I can think of about 4 guys I know currently that run EVGA z77 boards and everyone of them loves it!

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I suprised to see that the Zotac beat out gigabyte in this test.

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Not surprised asrock took the award, they make solid boards at a great price.

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