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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5728/intel-z77-panther-point-chipset-and-motherboard-preview-asrock-asus-gigabyte-msi-ecs-and-biostar
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Well, today is a day that everyone was expecting, but perhaps not the most exciting day of the month. Today, Intel officially releases the spate of 7-series chipsets for their 3rd generation Core microarchitecture processors (read – Ivy Bridge), despite the actual release of the processors being another three weeks away. This means that today we can actually look at, test, or purchase the range of motherboards that natively support Ivy Bridge. However, we can’t officially publish all the benchmarks for these products using Ivy Bridge until that date three weeks away (to be honest, we are still testing!). So today we are going to have a good in depth look into the Z77 chipset itself, and the review products we have received to let you know what we think looks good. All these boards today will be fully reviewed, warts and all, with Ivy Bridge, as close to official release as possible.

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AT article regarding the chipset, a lot of stuff about Lucid MVP and how it should work, and then previews of all the boards we'll be testing to hopefully be fully reviewed for Ivy Bridge launch. Any of them take your fancy? After these set, we're hoping to get several mini-ITX boards in as a follow up article.
Edited by borandi - 4/8/12 at 6:47am
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Just going off looks, that ECS boards looks really slick! If they had/has ASUS quality I would consider it. ECS has the best looking board then the ASrock boards. thumb.gif
Edited by ShiftedReality - 4/8/12 at 12:13pm
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ECS are pretty underrated when it comes to there recent z68 boards...and I imagine they should've raised the bar even more with this z77 offering.
I've seen some SB setups using ECS boards, and also x79 stuff that was up to par with much more expensive brands regarding features AND build quality.
Curious to see how these fare...rolleyes.gif
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WHERE IS ITX!?
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WHERE IS ITX!?

P8z77-i (L)

I'd resell my z68 board to get one in a heartbeat! rolleyes.gif
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Where can I get that Biostar board?! Black & Orange - I love it.
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Where can I get that Biostar board?! Black & Orange - I love it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138354
you may want to wait for the next rev. if you plan on going subzero
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?280032-ivy-With-Biostar-TZ77XE4
    
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I found this to be the most interesting:
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If you happen to purchase ASUS for Ivy Bridge, there is also a little treat in store, as they have reworked the memory sub-system. Their new method stunned Intel engineers, but should provide distinct memory speed advantages. Simply put, instead of memory banks being read consecutively, the memory is read in parallel. We are awaiting more detail regarding how this feature works.

Looking forward to see what that entails.
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donno lol ,as far as i can tell Vince had to do similar mod on 680 to avoid CB, CCB
EDIT;as for new GB Z77 boards ,yes np with CB/CCB thumb.gif
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"Simply put, instead of memory banks being read consecutively, the memory is read in parallel. We are awaiting more detail regarding how this feature works."

Is that like equating a single hard drive vs. multiple drives in RAID 0? Or am I not getting it. Seems pretty cool should be pretty fast memory then
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