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Intel Ivy Bridge Z77/H77 motherboards announced

Intel Ivy Bridge Z77/H77 motherboards announced

The first Ivy Bridge-ready boards to feature Intel's Z77 and H77 chipsets have arrived, courtesy ASRock and Gigabyte.

The first batch of Intel 7-series motherboards, designed for use with Intel's yet-to-be-released Ivy Bridge processors, have been announced by numerous manufacturers.

Based around Intel's Z77 and H77 chipsets, the boards are being made available in advance of the processors for serial upgraders. Offering backwards compatibility with existing second-generation Sandy Bridge chips, it makes sense to consider a 7-series board if you're planning a future upgrade.

'We are pleased that these new boards support Intel's responsiveness technologies, including Intel Rapid Start, Intel Smart Connect and Intel Smart Response,' boasted Intel's Zane Ball, general manager of desktop platforms, of the launch. 'Users will enjoy snappier performance and quicker access to their most important applications.'

Board maker Gigabyte is one of the first to announce its own take on the 7-series, boasting that it's the first to include a dual UEFI BIOS with a 3D user interface - switchable, you'll be pleased to hear, to a more traditional 2D 'advanced mode' for those who don't want to be distracted with bling while overclocking.

ASRock has also announced its boards, and both companies have something in common beyond the use of Intel chipsets: the presence of Lucid's VirtuMVP technology, claimed to boost frame-rates significantly by eliminating redundant rendering tasks. As with Lucid's other products, it also provides the ability to switch between the on-board graphics built into selected Intel Core processors and a dedicated graphics card depending on application requirements.

Both companies have announced a wide range of 7-series products, from the enthusiast-oriented ASRock Z77 Extreme9 and Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 to the ultra-compact ASRock Z77E-ITX.

Additional common features across the manufacturers' product lines include mSATA support for small-format SSDs - coincidentally, a product line Intel itself has recently started offering - support for the latest Intel technologies, and boards with integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Details of ASRock's offerings can be found at the official website, as can Gigabyte's equivalents. Other manufacturers are, naturally, to follow suit in due course.

UK pricing and availability for the boards has yet to be confirmed.

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TigerClose 9th April 2012, 19:01 Quote
When will be released 8 dimms slots of Intel Ivy Bridge Z77/H77 motherboards - haven´t seen yet???

It's very frustrating buying o top motherboard model with just 4 dimms, isn´t it???

There's no quad channel motherboards yet of this new chipset???
misterd77 9th April 2012, 20:37 Quote
Yawn
Elton 9th April 2012, 20:43 Quote
No processors makes this a relatively boring launch.
mattyh1995 9th April 2012, 20:43 Quote
They've been released.. Not just announced..
Waynio 9th April 2012, 22:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattyh1995
They've been released.. Not just announced..

Yesterday
DBA 9th April 2012, 22:53 Quote
They have been available for purchase and in stock for some days now, at least they have in Denmark.
Zinfandel 9th April 2012, 23:04 Quote
Been announced? You could buy them on Saturday in Scan.
SpAceman 9th April 2012, 23:32 Quote
Been on sale in New Zealand for a long time. You forgot to mention every single other manufacturer having the specs on their site. Including ASUS and MSI. Cant be bothered looking for more.
Kruelnesws 10th April 2012, 01:13 Quote
EVGA also has their FTW version already to pre-order on the website
AmEv 10th April 2012, 01:36 Quote
Still can't believe the gag Doc Overclock pulled off on us...
Gareth Halfacree 10th April 2012, 07:45 Quote
If you're wondering why the article says "announced" and not "released," and why only two manufacturers were listed: this piece was written on Friday, before the release and before other manufacturers' announcements, but was only published on Monday due to the bank holiday.
rjkoneill 10th April 2012, 08:14 Quote
remember when bit -tech used to be a good website?
wuyanxu 10th April 2012, 09:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by DBA
They have been available for purchase and in stock for some days now, at least they have in Denmark.
i feel the urge to say "it's a trap!".




the lack of Displayport on cheaper boards is very disappointing. i was hoping to pick up a £100 board with displayport to use the Virtu's features.
greypilgers 10th April 2012, 12:05 Quote
Apologies for the stupid question, but the 2500K is a second gen core processor, and so is compatible with the 77 chipset, is it not?
trig 10th April 2012, 15:42 Quote
^^ yes
greypilgers 10th April 2012, 23:51 Quote
Cool. My MoBo has been slowly conking out over the past year, and I don't want to change the CPU as well...
Xtrafresh 11th April 2012, 03:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
If you're wondering why the article says "announced" and not "released," and why only two manufacturers were listed: this piece was written on Friday, before the release and before other manufacturers' announcements, but was only published on Monday due to the bank holiday.
Well, that's a good analysis of what went wrong, but it really doesn't fix the problem of Bit being notoriously late with articles like these...
How can a tech site let written articles with a shelflife measured in hours so regularly be days behind the others?

Oh well, this wasn't all that high on the wishlist we gave the new editor (whatshisface, can't come to the name now), and there IS noticable improvement on the modding and other content. I just hope this long article-postage-pipeline-procedure-paininthearse gets shortened soon, it must be frustrating for you guys too.
Gareth Halfacree 11th April 2012, 08:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
Well, that's a good analysis of what went wrong, but it really doesn't fix the problem of Bit being notoriously late with articles like these...
How can a tech site let written articles with a shelflife measured in hours so regularly be days behind the others?

Oh well, this wasn't all that high on the wishlist we gave the new editor (whatshisface, can't come to the name now), and there IS noticable improvement on the modding and other content. I just hope this long article-postage-pipeline-procedure-paininthearse gets shortened soon, it must be frustrating for you guys too.
You're entitled to your opinion, naturally, but the majority of articles are published within hours of being written. This was an exception, due to the bank holiday. As a matter of fact the three articles posted on Monday were, technically, freebies, as they were written on Good Friday and published on Easter Monday - both bank holidays for which nobody gets paid. Least of all me.

People are quick to notice the stories that are 'behind the others,' but slow to praise when stories are posted significantly before anywhere else. Take the BBC Micro project, which was published here before any other site in the world. How about TSMC's 28nm problems? Sure, the *rumours* were published elsewhere, but - to my knowledge - we were the first site to actually get confirmation from TSMC that there really *is* a problem at 28nm. Other stories, like the Fallout: Lanius fan-film, Notch's 0x10c, the government's plans for internet snooping and our coverage of GAME Group's fall and rise have also been pretty on-the-ball.

I regularly see stories pop up in my RSS feeds from other sites which I've covered days, and sometimes up to a week, prior. Sure, some of the stories are fresher than others - news that broke in the US, in particular, will be anything up to twelve or twenty-four hours old by the time I cover it - but that's the nature of the beast. I'm a freelancer dividing his time between multiple clients, and I don't work 24 hours a day - nor do I want to.

At the end of the day, however, bit-tech has a single part-time freelance news guy with a hundred and one other clients - me. Comparing coverage to other sites which have a dozen or so full-time reporters offering round-the-clock coverage is disingenuous and, for the people who try their damndest for the site, disheartening.

The usual disclaimer about these opinions being my own and not my employer's - or, more accurately, client's - applies.
The_Beast 11th April 2012, 09:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
No processors makes this a relatively boring launch.
D B 11th April 2012, 12:35 Quote
Are there any plans to test any of the H77/Z77 boards before the release of Ivy Bridge ? ... for those that want to upgrade to it eventually but want to keep their current CPU for now
... and will that ever show up in a revamped Buyers Guide?
Phillthy 11th April 2012, 12:39 Quote
Hmm, I'm buying a MoBo at some point this week. Had my eye on the Asus P8Z68 V Pro but I'm now wondering whether I should plumb for the Asus Z77 instead? I've compared both of them and nothing seems massively different, indeed I don't see any huge advantages between the two but with them being around the same price should I be opting for the newer Z77?
Scott109 11th April 2012, 13:58 Quote
Well said Gareth. For me it's not about who posts what 1st on their website but the content and accuracy of it.
Keep em coming mate and rise above it.
Dragonforces 11th April 2012, 14:44 Quote
Which one to get Sabertooth x79 or Sabertooth Z77?
Phillthy 12th April 2012, 18:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phillthy
Hmm, I'm buying a MoBo at some point this week. Had my eye on the Asus P8Z68 V Pro but I'm now wondering whether I should plumb for the Asus Z77 instead? I've compared both of them and nothing seems massively different, indeed I don't see any huge advantages between the two but with them being around the same price should I be opting for the newer Z77?

Yeah, scratch that. Z77 £2 dearer than the equivalent Z68
debs3759 12th April 2012, 20:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TigerClose
When will be released 8 dimms slots of Intel Ivy Bridge Z77/H77 motherboards - haven´t seen yet???

It's very frustrating buying o top motherboard model with just 4 dimms, isn´t it???

There's no quad channel motherboards yet of this new chipset???

Just in case you are serious and not a troll...

Ivy Bridge, like Sandy Bridge, supports dual-channel memory. It will never have quad-channel memory. Board may offer more than two banks of memory though, maybe you got channels and banks confused?
debs3759 12th April 2012, 20:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phillthy
Hmm, I'm buying a MoBo at some point this week. Had my eye on the Asus P8Z68 V Pro but I'm now wondering whether I should plumb for the Asus Z77 instead? I've compared both of them and nothing seems massively different, indeed I don't see any huge advantages between the two but with them being around the same price should I be opting for the newer Z77?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phillthy
Yeah, scratch that. Z77 £2 dearer than the equivalent Z68

Some Z77 boards will give a more stable overclock (according to a thread on the ROG forums), which may in some cases mean higher clocks for the same chip. So IMO Z77 is worth buying if the price gap is that low, even for a SB chip. For IB chips, you will get more features available if you use Z77, as they were designed to work together.
Zinfandel 12th April 2012, 20:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phillthy
Hmm, I'm buying a MoBo at some point this week. Had my eye on the Asus P8Z68 V Pro but I'm now wondering whether I should plumb for the Asus Z77 instead? I've compared both of them and nothing seems massively different, indeed I don't see any huge advantages between the two but with them being around the same price should I be opting for the newer Z77?

Like a moron I bought a Z86 board the day before launch. Sent it back to scan and picked up the equiv board (which was actually £4 cheaper than the Z68 version).

Pretty much the same except with more Sata III/USB3 internal/external.

Went for This one, which has actually come down another four quid or so!

It's a no brainer really, roughly the same price with a bit better spec.
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