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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 09:26

Intel Z77 is top Ivy Bridge chipset

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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USB 3.0 finally included
It took Intel a while to get the USB 3.0 support to its chipsets and according to the schedule seen by Fudzilla, this should finally happen in first half of 2012.

The top chipset to natively support USB 3.0 is Z77 and it is tailored for Ivy Bridge 22nm, socket 1155 CPUs. It will come with a choice of one 16X PCIe slot, two 8X PCIes or one 8X and two 4X Gen 3 PCIe slots.

The chipset supports Intel RST, Smart Response Technology and supports maximum of 6 SATA ports where two of them can reach the top 6Gb/s speed. Total number of USB slots is 14 but only four of them can get to USB 3.0 speeds.

The chipset supports 8 PCIe 2.0 (5GT/s) and has zero PCI slot support. The good news is that Z77 supports CPU overclocking and it can support maximum of 4 DIMM memory modules.

The chipset also has a new graphics core, which is actually a part of Ivy Bridge 22nm CPU. This graphics core supports three independent displays and a choice of HDMI / DVI / Display Port / eDP or VGA connectors are possible. Lets not forget the integrated audio codec that supports dual stream HDMI and Display Port Audio.

These boards will also have native Gigabit Ethernet MAC and Intel Rapid Storage Technology 11 that includes Smart Response Technology, SATA 6Gb/s support, Lower power and UI enhancements, Single disk migration, RAID 0/1/5/10 support and Intel Rapid Recover Technology.

Sounds like a decent chipset to us and it is meant to replace Z68, the chipset that is about to launch today.


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+14 #1 eugen 2011-05-11 10:11
halleluiah finally usb 3.0...
 
 
+14 #2 Boomstick777 2011-05-11 10:18
Have no use for onboard graphics, don't care about USB 3 either, so will be sticking with my P67 1155, hopefully can slot an Ivybridge CPU into my motherboard and not need a new motherboatrd until 16nm! :)
 
 
+11 #3 fingerbob69 2011-05-11 10:36
"Sounds like a decent chipset to us and it is meant to replace Z68, the chipset that is about to launch today"

And there's the problem: buy z68 today knowing it's already obselete.
 
 
+7 #4 xrodney 2011-05-11 11:25
Quoting Boomstick777:
Have no use for onboard graphics, don't care about USB 3 either, so will be sticking with my P67 1155, hopefully can slot an Ivybridge CPU into my motherboard and not need a new motherboatrd until 16nm! :)

Just ordered Asrock P67 Fatal1ty and i7-2600K but if Intel going to dump 1155 again next year they will not see single cent from me again. Realy starting to get p****d off when need to need buy new mainboard with every new CPU. And this hurts even more if you buy in highend or workstation segment.
Reason I wet for this board is because its only one that offer 10x sata ports.
It would be nice to use graphic core from SB, but not at cost of loosing 2nd NIC.
 
 
+7 #5 Boomstick777 2011-05-11 11:51
Quoting xrodney:
Just ordered Asrock P67 Fatal1ty and i7-2600K.. Intel going to dump 1155 again.. they will not see single cent from me again... starting to get p****d off.. need buy new mainboard with every new CPU...


Ivybridge is confirmed for 1155 with Bios update. So there is an upgrade path this time round. Im running 2600K on P67 very happy with this setup then chuck in a Ivybridge cpu later on. Should last until 16nm...
 
 
+12 #6 Boomstick777 2011-05-11 12:25
Lol I like that being happy with 2600K and having an Ivybridge upgrade path gets voted down.. Lol :facepalm:
 
 
+1 #7 Exodite 2011-05-11 13:06
The main advantage of integrated USB 3 functionality would be ubiquitous adoption, especially for notebooks where manufacturers have often relegated the standard to specific models.

For example, if I were to buy a Lenovo X220 and wanted USB 3 I'd have to get an i7 model. Despite the i7 models being quite overpriced and, in my particular market, hard to find with the IPS display option.
 
 
+5 #8 godrilla 2011-05-11 22:56
What about pci. E 3.0???
 
 
+1 #9 crackerz 2011-05-12 16:12
How many sockets would Intel create? I lost count really..
 
 
+1 #10 123s 2011-05-12 16:20
The names are hard to memorize too :/
 

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