So today we are will be looking at the next step in ASRock`s development. Intel recently launched their new Z77 chipset, paving the way for their newly released 3rd Generation Processors aka Ivy Bridge. Questions will surely arise, can ASRock extend their prowess with this new chipset; will the new Z77 Extreme4 handle Ivy Bridge well? We are here to answer all of your questions, so let`s waste no further time and begin our analysis of Z77 Extreme4."
Although Intel's die shrink of Sandy Bridge isn't due until next week (Monday, rumors say), the company has long shipped Ivy Bridge's accompanying chipsets. It might seem odd to jump the gun on "next-gen" motherboards, but 7-series platforms are backwards compatible with Sandy Bridge processors, so users have actually been able to buy a Z77 motherboard and use it for a few weeks without Ivy Bridge.
After surveying Panther Point's spec sheet, we're itching to get a little more hands-on. Fortunately, we have four new Z77 motherboards in the shop and begging for attention, including the Asrock Z77 Extreme6, ECS Z77H2-AX, Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-WB and Intel DZ77GA-70K.
Sapphire enters the Intel X79 motherboard fray in a big way with its
$499 beast, the Pure Black X79N. Despite the name, the board is more
brown in color but it doesn't pull any punches with its feature set.
On the other hand, it will prove to be quite an elusive beast, but
does good performance escape Sapphire's X79 offering? Hit our review
to find out!
The DZ77GA-70K is a high-end motherboard from Intel designed to fulfill the potential of the new Ivy Bridge processors. We take a look at its huge array of features and its performance with Sandy Bridge while awaiting the Ivy Bridge news embargo to lift.
With the release of Intels X79 chipset and new 2011 socket it was only a matter of time before we saw Motherboards aimed at the gamer.X79 brings Quad Channel memory architecture and PCI 3.0 supporting the RAM and Video Cards respectively. Finally we get to take a look at the infamous ASRock Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard with the new X79 Chipset. The new X79 chipset brings PCI3.0 and Quad Channel Ram onto the Intel market. PCI3.0 is aimed squarely at gamers because of its throughput for the latest high end GPUs and this board has 4x of them. Fatal1ty has always been aimed at the power-user and gamer and they have (seemingly) not disappointed at first glance.All of thisleaves us excited to get our hands on the board. ASRock has given us this boiled down spec sheet which leaveus drooling..."
Z77 boards come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and prices. Just about every manufacture has a whole lineup of boards covering the whole range to make sure you can find what you are looking for. Gigabyte is no different; they have a whole selection of boards that will fit your needs. Today we are taking a look at their Z77X-UD3H, one of their budget boards. It may not be a high end board but it is still packed with features. I am curious how it will perform now that the cat is out of the bag with Ivy Bridge. Let?s jump in and see what it?s all about."
Today we shall be taking a look at the Maximus V GENE, the first of the ASUS ROG motherboards to be released with some exciting new features such as SupremeFX III, GameFirst and much more. How will this new motherboard stack up against other popular rivals when using Intel`s notorious Ivy Bridge? Let`s find out!"
ROG Motherboards are highly regarded in the enthusiast world due in part to the loyalty of their fans, included features and availability since it doesn't do much good to have a great motherboard if you can't acquire one. These things aside, we like them because each board is designed and tuned for the hardware it intends to support.
We already know what Intel has planned for this year when it comes to its Thunderbolt chips, but VR-Zone has managed to get hold of an updated roadmap covering what to expect for 2013 and we'll even give you glimpse at what Intel has planned for 2014. Intel is set to continue its strategy with two different solutions, but the company has decided to add a few new features and we should be able to expect lower cost for Thunderbolt in the future as well.
We review the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H motherboard. Gigabyte of course will offer a good variety of Z77 products as well and today we review the GA-Z77X-D3H in combination with Intel`s new Core i7 3770K processor. The GA-Z77X-D3H is intended for Intel`s 22nm Ivy Bridge processors released moments ago based on Socket LGA1155 however the motherboard also supports Sandy bridge processors like the Core i7 2600K. You can read the review right here"
ASRock is one of the brands that already have Z77 based motherboards in their product portfolio. First of all we take a closer look on of their high-end boards, the Extreme 6. This motherboard packs many features and a very nice design. Of course we`re also curious how this board will perform compared to the Z77 based competition."
Next in line for our Z77 previews is the Asus Republic of Gamers Maximus V Gene. The Maximus V Gene is the first of four boards Asus has announced for the Z77 chipset, and as you may have guessed from the Republic of Gamers association, it is engineered with the gaming enthusiast in mind. How will the changes Z77 has brought to the table complement those Asus has developed for the PC gamer? Read on!"
BIOSTAR Group, the world renowned manufacturer of motherboards, graphics
cards, industrial computing systems and peripherals, announces the new
generation of TA970XE series motherboards for AMD AM3+ CPUs. Their capabilities
are very close to the top TA990FXE and offer overclockers and gamers
considerable power and flexible settings for a reasonable price.
The TA970XE board sports the ATX form-factor (305 x 225 mm) on a powerful AMD
970 chipset with the SB950 Southbridge. It provides stable and high performance
with any Socket AM3+ CPUs of the Phenom II X6, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X3,
Phenom II X2, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X2 and Sempron Series
including the most powerful 6-core and 8-core AMD FX, AMD Phenom II and AMD
Athlon II CPUs with the TDP up to 140W. The TA970XE board features the latest
UEFI BIOS which, in particular, directly supports HDDs over 2TB. The TA970XE
board has four DDR3 DIMMs and supports up to 32GB dual-channel DDR3
800/1066/1333/1600/1866 MHz and experimental overclocking memory modules clocked
up to 2000MHz. Two PCI-E x16 2.0 slots deliver full-featured support for the
most powerful configurations of discrete cards in the ATI CrossFire X mode.
The TA970XE easily supports up to five latest speedy storage devices of the
SATA3 6Gbit/s interface and supports SATA RAID 0,1,5,10 arrays. Besides, the
board has one eSATA, two USB 3.0 (ASMedia ASM1042 chip), eight USB 2.0, one
FireWire IEEE 1394a (VIA VT6315N chip) ports, a 10/100/1000Mbit/s LAN controller
(Realtek RTL8111E chip) and 8-channel HD audio codec (VIA VT1828S chip).
Additional peripherals can be connected to two PCI and two PCI-E x1 2.0 slots.
The TA970XE board reflects usage of the most up to date production lines with
the very strict quality control. The board uses a 5-phase voltage regulation and
high-quality solid capacitors. The board features all BIOSTAR proprietary
technologies including the BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) for power
optimization at a low load, the exclusive overclocking Rapid Switch utility for
quick restart, the Rapid Debug for hardware debugging with a LED light, the BIOS
Flasher and the BIOS RELIFE for BIOS update or recovery from a USB drive and the
BIO-Remote 2 for remote control of home media system components control from
Android or Apple mobile devices. Overclockers will be pleased to see the
T-overclocker utilities for the Windows which will let them do fine system
The newcomer is the unique Clean Tone 2 technology developed by the engineers
from BIOSTAR which helps you deliver the finest sound with minimal distortions
in the high-frequency range. As there are independent capacitors for each line
the Clean-Tone 2 allows reaching an excellent NSR around 98dB which ideally fits
a modern system based on the Windows 7 OS.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and
graphics cards, today launched their long awaited 7 series motherboards designed
to deliver the ultimate performance for 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors.
Combining the world’s first Dual UEFI BIOS, a new and unique All Digital power
design, and the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 technologies, GIGABYTE 7 series
motherboards offer an extremely compelling case for a system
“The new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards are designed to
offer a seamless upgrade for enthusiast PC DIYers by providing specifications
and features that will be compatible with future CPUs, VGA cards, memory, SSDs,
and wireless protocols for years to come,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President
of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “It makes sense then for us to
aggressively transition to GIGABYTE Z77 and H77 motherboards so that enthusiasts
can purchase them in anticipation for the release of Intel’s highly sought after
3rd Gen Core™ processors.”
“Intel is excited to partner with
GIGABYTE on their Intel® 7 Series Chipset-based motherboard launch, “ said Zane
Ball, GM Intel Desktop Platforms. “We are pleased that these new boards support
Intel’s responsiveness technologies, including Intel® Rapid Start, Intel® Smart
Connect and Intel® Smart Response. Users will enjoy snappier performance and
quicker access to their most important applications.”
with Exclusive 3D BIOS
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards also feature our revolutionary 3D BIOS that is
based on the exclusive GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ technology. With an updated look
and feel, this new 3D BIOS offers two distinct modes of interaction in a BIOS
environment, 3D Mode and Advanced Mode, that re-draw the traditional BIOS user
experience with a far more intuitive and graphical interface.
Exclusive All Digital Engine
Our new All Digital power design for GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards allows
users to have greater control over the power delivered to their 3rd generation
Intel® Core™ processors on the LGA 1155 socket. Using entirely digital
controllers for the CPU, processor graphics, VTT and system memory, users can
enjoy more precise power delivery to the PC’s energy sensitive components than
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 – Insist on an Ultra
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature the latest GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4
technology, embracing a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC
builders the absolute best protection for their PC. Specific features prevent
common malfunction threats including humidity and moisture, electro-static
discharge, sudden power loss and high operating temperatures.
Lucid Virtu MVP
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature the latest Lucid Virtu GPU
virtualization technology, Lucid Universal MVP, which improves the visual and
graphical performance of your PC. Offering switchable graphics allows the PC to
automatically switch between onboard Intel® processor graphics and a discrete
GPU depending on the application being used, Lucid Virtu MVP also features
HyperFormance technology which eliminates redundant rendering tasks to improve
frame rates and eliminate screen tearing.
Set Your Desktop Free: GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0/Dual Band 300Mbps Wi-Fi PCIe
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards include an exclusive PCIe expansion
card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 (Smart Ready) and dual
band 300Mbps Wi-Fi connectivity*. With the growing availability of affordable or
free remote mobile to PC software, such as Splashtop and Dropbox, GIGABYTE
believes that now is the time to explore and enjoy the home cloud: a personal
cloud within the secure environment of a home network where the performance and
functionality of desktop PCs can be utilized and controlled by portable cloud
GIGABYTE EZ Setup
GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature an exclusive EZ Setup
utility that allows users to more easily implement the latest Intel®
responsiveness technologies. Within a simple user interface, you can install and
configure Intel® Smart Response, Intel® Rapid Start, and Intel® Smart Connect.
GIGABYTE EZ Setup will automate the install procedure for each of these
technologies, reducing the procedure to a few simple clicks of your mouse.
Onboard mSATA Support
All ATX form factor GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards feature an onboard mSATA
connector* that, together with GIGABYTE’s EZ Smart Response technology, allows
users to simply and cost effectively enjoy better responsiveness from their PCs.
mSATA solid state drives have been made popular by the rapid growth of tablet
PCs, and provide a cheaper solution for smart caching because they are available
in smaller capacities than traditional SSDs.
While preparing for a certain upcoming processor launch, we`ve been spending some quality time with Intel`s DZ77GA-70K motherboard. Read on for a quick look at Intel`s latest enthusiast-oriented desktop board."