Originally Posted by Live OR Die
Dont get me wrong looks like a nice board but its no X79 also i wouldn't buy a board with onboard video for my main rig.
onboard video with the last couple of years chipsets allow for many things
1. failsafe for testing video issues. (friend had a $300.00 intel fist Gen i7 MSI board and that board's northbridge chipset heatsink wasn't cut away from the back of the video cards PCB and it fried the Video card (I figured that out) BUT before I got to troubleshoot it, he misdiagnosed it as a mobo problem because he didn't have a spare Video card spare. He waited 1 month got the RMA new board... no fix. I came over with my card and verified it was not the mobo but his card. He wasted 1 month and $ shipping becaue he didn't get an onboard video chipset for backup troubleshooting purposes... and he's noob. 30%no IGD/70%noob
2. Starting way back with the Nforce chipsets, then to the H55 chipsets you can run IGD and PEG at the same time allwoing for more displays. Also, With the Z68 and the new Z77 you can run the Virtu GPU setting that will let you run the onboard and the discrete video at the same time BUT it will load balance depending on which graphics process is being used the most. This is famous on Gigabyte and Asus VPRO boards. Said it reduces video compiling by @x4s as much.
3. Even if you don't use the Vitru Ram or Asus Digi Ram setup, with the H55-z77 chipsets you can run the IGD (intergrated graphics display) and the PEG (PCI Express Graphics) at the same time allowing for 2 monitors off the onboard and 2 off the card for a total of 4 indpendent monitors. Not eveyone games maxed out at 16x16 on a 1366 socket board lol. Someone may use that setup for IT work use or heavy multitasking use at home and gaming.
4. Really the only argument I can see to support NOT getting an onboard video card is that I believe you can't run PCIEx16 x2 in SLI with an onboard video chipset but I could be wrong and plus there are benchmarks showing almost no difference from 16x16 to 8x8 PCIE SLI/Xfire mode. Also, I haven't seen a 16x16 dual PCI-E setup in a while, probably still alive on some 1366 socket board though.
Honestly, from an IT and hardware standpoint. I see way more pros to having an IGD than not. IMO.
Originally Posted by brandonwh64
Wonder how much this would cost in the states?
Vortez states in it's review > "It is interesting to see a Z77 board and what they may bring regardless if this particular model is confined to retail in Honk Kong and Mainland China."
Lies ? Will my grubby American hands ever touch one ? Lol
Post links to American/Canadian vendors please.
Originally Posted by Dj-ElectriC
I also wouldn't buy X79 for a gaming rig. There is no one single freaking reason to get a six core SB for gaming :)
AGREED 100% finally someone with some knowledge/sense to know that @98% of the PC games out there are coded for dual core only and only two games that I know of use hyperthreading, Oblivion and Civ 5.. whooopy :/ ... People need to know the market of technology as it applies to gaming before they bite into the hype and assume you must have 20 cores to game lmao !
More than 2-3 cores max is a waste for gaming unless you want to fold@home, compile, and watch porn faster while gaming :/