Intel Z77 'Panther Point' Chipset Overview

By Jos ยท 10 replies
Apr 18, 2012
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,699

    I'm happy to hear a firmware update is all my board needs to support Ivy Bridge. I had heard rumors that Ivy Bridge would require a new architecture. Nice to know the rumors were wrong.
  2. One more difference: 6 Series has XP drivers, 7 series has no XP drivers which means 6 series motherboard is the last on which you can natively install Windows XP.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    No support for PCIe 3.0??? That's a shame...
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Pretty disappointing but expected... poor SATA3 support, poor PCIe support. Basically very little to support high bandwidth disk solutions.

    If you want a PCIe x16 graphics card and a PCIe SSD solution, you run out of native ports. If you want to use SATA 3 you are limited to 550MB/s read/write.

    The SSD tech supports MUCH more - Revodrive 3 X2 for example - and they are relatively affordable next to a SATA 3 SSD but have mind boggling performance.

    Intel is holding people back by leaving us stuck with these bottlenecks for ANOTHER generation. SATA 3 was obsolete before it was released.
  5. Not true at all. Just checked the current lineup for MSI and all Z77 boards support xp.
  6. Hi, the Intel Z77 chipset does support PCIe Gen 3; however, users will only experience the true effect of this new bus channel when a board featuring this chipset is paired with an Ivy Bridge CPU that has 16 PCIe lanes.
  7. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    +1 to Darth Shiv.

    Been complaining about Intel's lack of SATA3 ports compared to AMD and also lack of high speed PCI-E lanes.

    Now they're removing PCI slots and still keeping the PCI-E bottleneck? Wtf?

    PCI-E 3.0 is okay, but seriously, Intel needs to get its act together. If AMD actually releases a quality CPU again, I'm jumping ship ASAP. Tired of dealing with these issues.
  8. Haven't looked at AMD boards, but how many SATA 3 and high-speed PCIe lanes to you need? With the intel DZ77GA-70K, you have 2 PCIe gen 3 slots to run SLI, plus a PCIe gen 2 slot to run a 4x PCIe SSD, plus 2 native SATA 3 ports, plus 2 (slower) Marvell SATA 3 ports. How manny SSD drives are you planning on putting in the system? SATA 3 is far superior with SSDs, as SATA 3 HDDs are the bottleneck point in the data stream.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,699

    How long should we wait before coming to a conclusion that we have been shafted out of supporting Ivy Bridge with 6-Series PCH?

    Has there been firmware updates for 6-Series PCH and Ivy Bridge compatibility?

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