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