Items tagged with Z77

In between chipset releases, manufacturers typically pump out numerous motherboard variations, adding this or that feature or optimizing boards for a particular function. Unsurprisingly, folks like us enjoy tinkering with those boards when granted the opportunity to see if they offer anything special, over and above plain-Jane products. Gigabyte is one manufacturer that is never short on SKUs, and with a trio of its Z77-based motherboards in hand, we wondered what any red-blooded hardware enthusiast would: How far can we overclock these puppies? Overclocking With Gigabyte Z77X Motherboards... Read more...
In between chipset releases, manufacturers typically pump out numerous motherboard variations, adding this or that feature or optimizing boards for a particular function. Unsurprisingly, folks like us enjoy tinkering with those boards when granted the opportunity to see if they offer anything special, over and above plain-Jane products. Gigabyte is one manufacturer that is never short on SKUs, and with a trio of its Z77-based motherboards in hand, we wondered what any red-blooded hardware enthusiast would: How far can we overclock these puppies? We especially wanted to find out how well they would overclock compared to one another, so we put together a test bed, outfitted it with a Corsair liquid... Read more...
We’ve seen more than our share of motherboards sporting the Z77 chipset, but today we have a pair of Z77 boards--one each from ASRock and MSI--that are designed specifically for overclocking. Even better, both of these mainboards are actually mid-range offerings, meaning you can enjoy the overclocking features without paying for the highest-end options from the two companies. What better way to put them through the paces than by setting up a good old-fashioned mainboard shootout? Because Z77 was made to be paired up with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, we slapped a quad-core Intel Core i7-3770K in these two contenders and let the fur fly. But first, let’s take a look at the ASRock... Read more...
We’ve seen more than our share of motherboards sporting the Z77 chipset, but today we have a pair of Z77 boards--one each from ASRock and MSI--that are designed specifically for overclocking. Even better, both of these mainboards are actually mid-range offerings, meaning you can enjoy the overclocking features without paying for the highest-end options from the two companies. What better way to put them through the paces than by setting up a good old-fashioned mainboard shootout? Because Z77 was made to be paired up with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors, we slapped a quad-core Intel Core i7-3770K in these two contenders and let the fur fly. But first, let’s take a look at the ASRock... Read more...
It seems so long ago that EVGA dabbled almost exclusively in videocards, but these days, the company has a fleshed out motherboard product line as well. Adding to the latter, EVGA today rolled out three new high-end motherboards for Intel users -- EVGA Z77 FTW, Z77 Stinger, and Z75 SLI. The Z77 FTW sports 4-way SLI support, dual 8-pin CPU power connectors, a 300 percent increase in gold content in the CPU socket, a right-angled 24-pin power connector, and was designed from the ground up for overclocking, EVGA says. Sitting in the middle is the Z77 Stinger, an enthusiast part for people who prefer to build a high-end rig around the space-saving mini-ITX form factor. It's a small board with big... Read more...
It appears that Gigabyte didn’t want to wait for the next chipset release to try and make waves with a new motherboard. The company unveiled the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7, its new flagship board for extreme overclockers, which it said set the world record for overclocking with an Intel Core i7 CPU at a freakish 7.102GHz The Z77X-UP7 boasts a 32+3+2 power phase design and all-digital PWM along with Ultra Durable 5 components that are designed to take a beating yet remain stable and cool. Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Other notable features of the board include support for up to four-way graphics, a PCI-E x16 3.0 slot that provides a direct link to the CPU, and a host of overclocking features and tools such... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports Sandy and Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066 (OC) system memory. As a gaming motherboard, Gigabyte saw fit to include support for up to 4-way SLI and CrossFireX (up to PCI-E x8 with four cards and PCI-E x16 with two), Creative Labs audio, and a Killer NIC too... Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review... Read more...
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. We slapped an Ivy Bridge chip in this one instead of the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K and 2700K's we've tested in the boards thus far, to see how well Intel's newest chips and the Z77 work together. Specifically, we used an Intel Core i5-3470 chip, which we reviewed in depth here. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066 (OC) system memory. As a gaming motherboard, Gigabyte saw fit to include support for... Read more...
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, more specifically the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, EVGA Z77 FTW, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, and Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi... Z77 Motherboard Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac... Read more...
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... Read more...
Now that Intel’s 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge processors are finally here, builders can start offering them as options paired with Z77 chipset motherboards. CyberPowerPC certainly hasn’t wasted any time on that front--the company now offers Intel Core i7-3770K and i5-3570K processors in its custom Fang III Viper, Cobra, Zeus Thunder, and Gamer Xtreme rigs. In addition to all the perks of a system built on the latest Intel technology, such as SSD caching and Lucid Virtu MVP, users can choose from tasty options including Advanced Hydro Liquid Cooling, included software, incredible RAM configurations, and all the other goodies you’d expect a boutique builder to offer in high-end system.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone running Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus small form factor PC, Intel's SSD 910 family of PCI Express SSDs for the enterprise, our Intel Z77 Express motherboard round-up and give some details of our next contest in which readers could win one of two Asus Transformer Prime Android tablets powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC... Show Notes: 01:27 - Nokia Lumia 900 Smartphone Review 08:50 - Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus 16:16 - Intel Announces PCI Express SSD 910 Product Family 21:28 - Z77 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel... Read more...
EVGA’s latest EATX enthusiast board is the Z77 FTW, which is built to let users push its overclocking limits. The board supports Intel 3rd-generation processors and has five PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and one PCI-E 3.0 x1 slot that taken together can handle up to four-way SLI support with graphics cards at x8-x16-x8-x8. You can slap in up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 (x4 DIMM slots) for serious memory horsepower. Other features include dual Gigabit LAN, four SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps ports, two eSATA ports, six total USB 3.0 and ten USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, and a mini DisplayPort. One of the new Precision X skins The solid gold capacitors and E-LEET Tuning Utility will certainly help overclockers,... Read more...
There’s a pair of new Intel 7-Series motherboards out from ZOTAC, and they’re both in the mini-ITX form factor. The ZOTAC Z77-ITX WiFi and H77-ITX WiFi support LGA1155 3rd-generation and 2nd-generation Intel chips, and although both are equipped with a PCI-E x16 (3.0) slot, they’re also Intel HD 2500/4000-ready. The boards have a pair of DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 (2133MHz OC) RAM, as well as four USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0 ports, onboard 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, 8-channel HD audio, and HDMI audio output. The Z77-ITX WiFi sports dual Gigabit Ethernet ports; two SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA 3Gbps ports, and one mSATA slot; and two HDMI ports and one mini-DisplayPort.... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of the company’s 3rd Generation Core processor products based on its Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. We have already been able to show you a number of Z77 Express-based motherboards, thanks to a handful of sneak peeks while out at CES early this year and a few briefings that took place afterwards, but today we can finally give you the full monty on the chipset itself. We have been playing with a few Z77 Express-based motherboards for the past couple of weeks, evaluated their performance, and have gathered up our data for you here. On tap in this round-up we have motherboards from MSI, Gigabyte,... Read more...
In preparation for the impending arrival of the company’s 3rd Generation Core processor products based on its Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Intel has readied a new chipset dubbed the Z77 Express. We have already been able to show you a number of Z77 Express-based motherboards, thanks to a handful of sneak peeks while out at CES early this year and a few briefings that took place afterwards, but today we can finally give you the full monty on the chipset itself. We have been playing with a few Z77 Express-based motherboards for the past couple of weeks, evaluated their performance, and have gathered up our data for you here. On tap in this round-up we have motherboards from MSI, Gigabyte,... Read more...
ASUS, ever the gracious hosts, had us out to Dallas, TX recently to show us the company’s upcoming motherboard series and let us play with some test systems to see if we could break them. (Full disclosure: We did. But we fixed them, we think.) There is much we learned there that we can’t yet discuss (suffice it to say you’ll want to stay tuned for more on Intel's 3rd generation Core series processors and 7-series chipset), but we can tell you all about the new line of ASUS motherboards based on Intel’s Z77 series chipset.... Read more...
ASUS, ever the gracious hosts, had us out to Dallas, TX recently to show us the company’s upcoming motherboard series and let us play with some test systems to see if we could break them. (Full disclosure: We did. But we fixed them, we think.) There is much we learned there that we can’t yet discuss (suffice it to say you’ll want to stay tuned for more on Intel's 3rd generation Core series processors and 7-series chipset), but we can tell you all about the new line of ASUS motherboards based on Intel’s Z77 series chipset. ASUS’ strategy of late has been simple but effective: start with something that is rock stable and just works, then build on it, and allow for... Read more...
Although MSI isn’t revealing too many details on its new X79 and Z77 motherboards, the engineering samples were out and ready to ogle. As you can see from the photos, we got to look at a trio of the new boards. The Z77A-GD80 and Z77A-GD65 are kind of a pair, with the GD80s typically delivering some more features at a slightly higher cost than GD-65s; currently, though, with what little information we have to go on, there is little to differentiate the two. However, allegedly at least one MSI board will be packing Thunderbolt, and it’s reasonable to think it may be the GD80.           L to R: Z77A-GD65, Z77A-GD80, and Big Bang-XPower II Both... Read more...
We already told you about some of Gigabyte’s next-gen motherboard technology, but as expected, the company has lots more in the offing, including a bevy of mobile gear and new 28nm Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. And of course, we have loads of pictures for you. Starting with the upcoming Z77 motherboards, we’ve already seen images of the GA-Z77X-UD3H, G1.Sniper 3 and G1.Sniper M3, and the small business-oriented B75M-D3H. Now, we have photos of a few more Z77 boards, as well. Bear in mind that these are mostly engineering--note the lack of the G1 series' trademark green-and-black color scheme, for example--so things will likely change somewhat, but it's still a great look at what... Read more...