Intel Z77 Motherboard Round-up: Asrock, ECS, Gigabyte & Intel

By Julio Franco ยท 17 replies
Apr 20, 2012
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Okay Steve, I'm officially confused.
    A couple of queries about the Liberace themed ECS board;
    Isn't the Deluxe/non-Deluxe the Z77H2-A2X
    I was under the impression that the H2-AX was equipped with a PEX8747 bridge chip. The accompanying picture is certainly showing three PCI-E x16 slots -presumeably the third slot is wired for x8 mechanical ( x16 / x16 / NC or x16 / x8/ x8). This is the board in question I take it?

    Regardless of spec, it still seems to be keeping up ECS's proud record of performance mediocrity. The heatsink over the non-existant chipset/northbridge is a d*** move...just as other manufacturers have been shamed into doing away with unnecessary chunks of aluminium.

    Nice review anyhow. Glad to see what kind of UEFI options are available. The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, Asus P8Z77-V and ASRock Z77 Extreme4 still look to be the value prospects so far.
  2. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Ah, good to see dear beloved Asrock up there. Nice review. Reminds me of the Fatality days. XFast utilities would crank up performance further, so the winner is clear. TBH, Asrock is giving the other 3 a run for their money.
  3. Does the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB really have that much less power loss to run 0.3v lower than the Asrock and Intel? if so this will be great for Ivy Bridge as they will run hotter then the Sandy Bridges do.
  4. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    That statement doesn't have much sense, because if that was true, Intel wouldn't be setting lower TDPs for all platforms (ULV processors, notebooks, desktops, etc.). One of the main goals for new architectures is having better performance for the same power consumption or less, that's the point of shrinking transistors and in this case change their physical structure.
  5. Which BIOS version was on the DZ77GA?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Hate those freakish radiators on VRMs and Southbridge. They're a pain in the lower back to clean properly.
  9. Motherboards designed for the mainstream CPUs at $200+?

    I expect a roundup of $200+ boards for LGA2011, but this seems like a pretty high end roundup for LGA1155.

    Next time throw some sub $150 boards into the mix to show how much extra power these feature packed boards use... is it much more? how much more? and if the extra VRM phase & cooling and such really buy us anything in terms of overclocking.

    This is an interesting comparison, but it could have been much more informative if some lower end boards from the same vendors were include. I see many roundups like this lately (not just from TS), focusing on a very narrow price range of boards... almost always on the high end of the price range. It's frustrating for someone looking at what price range they really should be in, and can't help but wonder if journalists are unknowingly helping the MFRs push the high ASP boards to the public by omitting the lower priced boards from roundups.
  10. I'm up in the air between Asrock Z77 Extreme6 and the MSI Z77A-GD65 or GD80 which comes with Thunderbolt.
  11. bmaytum

    bmaytum TS Enthusiast Posts: 47


    Steven - I hope TechSpot will shortly review the Asus Z77-based "Sabertooth" mobo (available in retail now) with an Ivy Bridge CPU (may I suggest an i7-3770K) due out aprox 29April.
  12. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    Power consumption and performance per watt/MHz.

    The 2nd gen processors smoke the old ones; the only CPU left standing from last gen is the Extreme model, which no normal person can buy.

    Now with the 3rd gen processors coming out, I expect the folks on the first gen to be considering an upgrade, although the first gen are still great compared to AMD's offerings, if you don't work with multi-core aware programs.

    Unless Z77 eventually offers something that makes me want to get off P67, I'm ignoring the platform and just picking up a 3rd gen CPU.. if I can even justify the price for it. Otherwise, I would've gone to 2011, but I have no use for 8 DIMMs and far more power consumption, despite the best consumer CPU on the market being on that platform, which is very tasty.

    Here's hoping for a 1155 6 core CPU, but I doubt that's around the corner anytime soon.
  13. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    Would really like to know what's removing the formatting in my posts..
  14. Am I confused here on the ECS board...

    For the BIOS you said.
    The picture shows the option as "CPU Frequency (1/100MHz)". Which is set to 10000. 10000/100 is 100MHz not 1000MHz. Or am I missing something?
  15. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    You are correct, I have removed that comment. This is a strange way of showing the base clock and I have not seen this before. Unfortunately it doesn't change the fact that we cannot overclock with this board. ECS did just release a new BIOS update so I will look into that soon.
  16. I am glad to know that ASRock get good review again.
  17. Stupido

    Stupido TS Booster Posts: 66

    my thoughts too...

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