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I have an i7 2600k, would I benefit in any way from a z77 chipset?

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I'm on the market to replace my z68 motherboard and I'm wondering if I should replace with another z68 board or go for a z77
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Unless it's broken then no, all you would get is (if the board has it) virtu mvp, which is really designed for an Ivy Bridge CPU, and built in USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 which are not a huge deal since Gen3 z68 boards already have and most z68's have added on USB 3.0 so there is no reason to buy a new board.
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If the Z77 board in question has features that the Z68 doesn't, then yes. You won't benefit from PCI-E 3.0 as the controller is on the CPU. You'll run at 2.0 until you put an Ivy chip in there.
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If your board works, then not really.

Having said that, I do love my GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard. USB3, SATA3, PCIe3, and overclocks my i7-2700k like a dream.
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Originally Posted by 47 Knucklehead View Post

If your board works, then not really.
Having said that, I do love my GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard. USB3, SATA3, PCIe3, and overclocks my i7-2700k like a dream.
You know it's not running at PCI-E 3 unless you have an Ivy chip? PCI-E controller is on the chip, not the board.
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I want to replace this board because it gives me lots of grief and I want to be rid of it, but with Haswell (and a new socket) coming next year most likely, I probably would be better off just getting another z68 since I don't plan on buying an Ivy any time soon.
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There's instances, like the Maximus V Gene vs the Maximus IV Gene where the Z77 board is a lot better for a number of reasons outside of the 'Z77 features'. Gigabyte UP5-TH is another example, as you get a Thunderbolt connection for awesome data transfer.

Outside of specific stuff like that, then, yeah.
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Originally Posted by Michalius View Post

You know it's not running at PCI-E 3 unless you have an Ivy chip? PCI-E controller is on the chip, not the board.

Yes, but the other aspects will work.

If later on you want to upgrade the chip, you can just drop in a 3rd generation one and take advantage without having to trash your motherboard and memory.
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