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ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:05 am

ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene & Sabertooth

ASUS recently allowed us to take a look at their upcoming motherboards that uses the Intel 7-series chipset and supports the 3rd generation Intel Core processor. Read on to see what innovative ideas the hardware engineering team over at ASUS has come up with for this new motherboard series. If you've been waiting on Intel to release their upcoming 22nm 'Ivy Bridge' processors, this is a must read!

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Article Title: ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene & Sabertooth
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Re: ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene

Postby Major_A » Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:47 am

I like the mPCIe slot. I wish more manufacturers would include it. Intel makes the best wireless NICs on the planet and if you head over to Amazon you can get a top of the line mPCIe wirless NIC for under $40.

One question. I know the Z77 supports data caching via Intel RST. I also know that OCZ and now Corsair use NVELO Dataplex to cache their drives on any Vista/Win 7/Win 8 system. Are there any companies out there looking to sell that software so I could throw a cache drive on any chipset?
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Re: ASUS Intel Z77 Motherboard Preview: P8Z77, Formula, Gene

Postby rarestg » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:27 pm

I can't believe how long it's taken to come out with a proper Intel ITX board with support for Sandy Bridge. Sure, there are a few - but none of them with the capabilities of Z68. Zotac was the only company to make an ITX board based on that chipset, and although it supported Quicksync and Virtu it was utter garbage. I bought three of them and they all died on me within 2 weeks. Never even tried overclocking with those things. The integrated WiFi was also very bad as well, but replacing the reference chip with a Killer Wireless N 1102 proved to work well.
Asus definitely hit a home run with that design. Kudos to them for making such quality products - I'll be building an ITX gaming rig shortly.
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