Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Intel Z77 Chipset Motherboards to Start Selling in Early-April

Regardless of whether you'll be able to get an "Ivy Bridge" Core processor till the second week of April, motherboards that are compatible with it out of the box, based on Intel's Z77 chipset (successor to Z68), will start selling in early-April. Sources told OCWorkbench that most motherboard vendors have in fact begun shipping orders to their distributors, while some are waiting for the green light. Motherboards based on the Z77 chipset feature LGA1155 CPU socket, are compatible with today's "Sandy Bridge" Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors; and tomorrow's "Ivy Bridge" ones, out of the box. The new chipset offers features such as some native USB 3.0 ports, and support for certain Ivy Bridge-exclusive features, beyond which they're functionally identical to 6-series. Enthusiasts might not find the need to upgrade their motherboards to use Ivy Bridge, if their current motherboards have BIOS updates that let them support the new processors.

Source: OCWorkbench
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5 Comments on Intel Z77 Chipset Motherboards to Start Selling in Early-April

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eidairaman1
really no point if you already have Z68 plus 1150 is slated to replace 1155 already which is bogus on Intels part (wont use them till they get their heads out of their asses and stick with a single socket design for years on end)
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Octavean
Sounds good to me.

I'm in the market for an additional system. I'm interested in an Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770 / Z77, Snady Bridge-E Core i7 3930K / X79 or Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 3820 / X79 based system. One of the problems I have with this is that the features on some Z77 boards seem more advanced then X79 boards. It's like X79 is in need of an update especially considering X79 is supposed to be the high-end platform.
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NdMk2o1o
Started reading, read first line then thought exactly this:

eidairaman1 said:
really no point if you already have Z68 plus 1150 is slated to replace 1155 already which is bogus on Intels part (wont use them till they get their heads out of their asses and stick with a single socket design for years on end
Though I guess like P67 before Z68 users who are new to 1155 will go straight to Z77, I will be skipping everything new on this platform as no doubt I will be upgrading to 1150 soon after it's released so see no need to go IB.

And the single socket ain't going to happen until they review their current market plans as it was only a "couple" of years ago they came out with the whole "tick" "tock" platform/CPU cycle thingy... :o
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