Monday, April 9th 2012

EVGA Debuts the Z77 FTW Motherboard

EVGA has today introduced the Z77 FTW (aka 151-IB-E699-KR), its first motherboard powered by Intel's new Z77 Express chipset. Pictured below, EVGA's board features support for both 2nd gen and 3rd gen (LGA 1155) Core processors, four DDR3-2133 memory slots, two 8-pin CPU power connectors, two 6-pin PCIe power plugs, POSCAP Capacitors, an active cooler, five PCI-Express X16/x8 slots for up to 4-way SLI/CrossFireX setups, plus four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports.

The Z77 FTW also packs dual Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports (four on the back panel), two eSATA connectors, 7.1-channel audio, a debug LED, UEFI BIOS, and one display output (mini DisplayPort) . This motherboard has an EATX form factor and is available for pre-order @ $329.99.
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34 Comments on EVGA Debuts the Z77 FTW Motherboard

#1
EarthDog
Well, this kind of goes back to what blibba said.. its not for you as its more or less made for the extreme overclocker who NEEDS/would use that functionality with extreme cooling and multi gpu configs. Please take no offense to that. :)
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#2
cadaveca
My name is Dave
blibba said:
I presume they're using a 3rd party PCI-E switch of some sort just to reach x8/x8/x8/x8?
PLX PEX8747 PCIe 3.0 bridge chip.
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DOM
Aquinus said:
I was unaware my 3820 was a 6-core... I'm running a healthy 4.75ghz. That isn't worth it?
1 multi bin + 125mhz strap and your cooking with gas.

I got it for 300 USD which costs less than the 2600k. You only pay a little more for the motherboard but if you want a quality build your not going to skimp on that anyways.

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz T...
for what i like to do i want 5.8+, and 3rd gen 1155 shoud get 6+ i hope retail does :D
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#4
Sinzia
I don't mind all the 6 pin power connectors, but what I do mind is that nasty looking fan power cable just sitting out in the open like that... they couldn't hide it better?
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
DOM said:
for what i like to do i want 5.8+
Clock speed? Good luck. :)

DOM said:
and 3rd gen 1155 shoud get 6+ i hope retail does :D
There is no way Intel is going to put a 6-core on IVB. It's a tock on Intel's development pattern, which means a die shrink, not an architecture change. I'm not expecting to see Intel put 6-cores in mainstream until Haswell at the very earliest.
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DOM
Aquinus said:
Clock speed? Good luck. :)



There is no way Intel is going to put a 6-core on IVB. It's a tock on Intel's development pattern, which means a die shrink, not an architecture change. I'm not expecting to see Intel put 6-cores in mainstream until Haswell at the very earliest.
Yes I'm talking about ocing not cores... I know Intel won't put 6c on 1155 :(

But the price got a unlocked 2011 isn't worth it as most don't oc past 5.3 and to bin them is way to much unless I won the lotto lol
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
DOM said:
Yes I'm talking about ocing not cores... I know Intel won't put 6c on 1155 :(

But the price got a unlocked 2011 isn't worth it as most don't oc past 5.3 and to bin them is way to much unless I won the lotto lol
4.75Ghz is more than enough for me. I also happen to like quad-channel DDR3-2333 10-11-10-28-T1. It's not like you're really going to notice a difference between 4.75 and 5.3ghz unless you encoding video which is only 10% assuming the clock speed and efficiency scales perfectly. You also have to keep in mind, it's the platform. You can't tell me that this board doesn't have a lot to offer and the 3820 is just as capable as the 2700k, with a couple extra bells in whistles. It's a bargin and it's ready for the future. It's balanced, it's fast, and for a powerful platform, and it doesn't break the bank (as much as a 3930k or 3960x). Quad-channel memory, 40 PCI-E 3.0(ish) lanes and an extra 2Mb of L3 cache has its own benefits, it's not all about clocks.
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#8
DOM
i run stock when not benching so i just care how high can i get it thats all lol

and 2011 havent seend that high of ocing thats why im still on 1155 ;)
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
DOM said:
i run stock when not benching so i just care how high can i get it thats all lol

and 2011 havent seend that high of ocing thats why im still on 1155 ;)
Not everyone is looking for max OC. I'm willing to bet that 2600k of yours doesn't have VT-d (Virtualization w/ Directed I/O.) ;)
Please, find me a SB chip that has VT-d and can do 4.75ghz. Ever since I got my SB-E my virtual machines have been that much more responsive. I'm not saying SB is bad, it just isn't what I wanted. Sometimes features help more than clocks in practical applications.
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