titleIntel has officially announced their newest chipset for socket 1155, the Z77. With H61, H67, P67, and Z68 chipsets still on the market, it may seem bewildering that Intel would introduce yet another beast to the field. In addition, Z77 is one of six new chipsets introduced in Intel's new 7 series chipset, Panther Point. What does the Panther have to offer that its predecessors did not? Though Intel may have just announced Z77, we've had our hands on sample boards for the past several weeks, putting them to the LanOC test, and we can finally share what we've found. We'll start with Intel's own Z77 board, the DZ77GA-70K as well as coverage of the Panther Point chipsets.

Product Name: Intel DZ77GA-70K

Review Sample Provided by: Intel

Preview by: Wes and Adam

Pictures by: Wes

 

Intel 7 Series Chipset (Panther Point) Details

As discussed before, one of the largest differences between the 6 and 7 series is support for USB 3.0, which looking at the table below we see up to 14 USB ports available on both series, with the 7 series including up to 4 USB 3.0 ports as opposed to straight 2.0 on the predecessor. What this translates to is a faster communication from chipset to processor. Though we've seen USB 3.0 on boards previous to the launch of Panther Point, they were made possible through use of a third-party controller. When a controller is involved, it creates a middle-man of sorts, requiring that controller to communicate with the chipset, which then communicates to the processor. Those four USB 3.0 ports supported directly on the chipset can skip that third step and talk directly to the processor, which means faster performance.

Item

6 Series

7 Series

CPU Support

Sandy Bridge  

Sandy Bridge

CPU I/F

DMI 2.0

DMI 2.0

Package

MB: 25 x 25 mm, DT: 27 x 27 mm

MB: 25 x 25 mm, DT: 27 x 27 mm

USB

14 USB 2.0

14 USB Ports (Up to 4 USB 3.0 )

PCIe

8 PCIe 2.0

8 PCIe 2.0

Storage

2 SATA Gen 3, RAID, 4 SATA Gen 2

2 SATA Gen 3, RAID, 4 SATA Gen 2

PCI

DT: 4 slots

DT: PCI on B/Q skus only

Display I/Fs

VGA, LVDS, DP, HDMI (w/ cost reduced LS), Wireless Display

VGA, LVDS, DP, HDMI (w/ cost reduced .LS), Wireless Display

Display Pipes

Dual Independent. Display Digital I/Fs

Three Independent. DisplayDigital I/Fs

Security

PAVP

PAVP

Manageability & FW

ME 7.0

ME 8.0

iRST

10.0 and 10.5 (Intelligent caching and Optical Read Ahead)

11.0 w/Intelligent caching

LAN

GbE MAC

GbE MAC

Integ. Clock

Yes

Yes

Along with the Z77 chipset, which is featured on the board we are previewing here, Panther Point will introduce five other SKU's to complete the 7 series. As you can see below, these are classified between mainstream, corporate, and the full-featured Z77. There are a few small differences between the 6 SKUs, including performance tuning available on only those SKUs targeted for, as you may have guessed, performance: the Z75 and Z77.

Features

H77

Z75

Z77

B75

Q75

Q77

Processor Support / Socket

LGA 1155

LGA 1155

LGA 1155

LGA 1155

LGA 1155

LGA 1155

CPU Performance Tuning

-

X1

X1

-

-

-

Processor Graphics Overclocking

X

X

X

X

X

X

Switchable Graphics (Dynamic Muxless Solution)2

X

X

X

X

X

X

Built-in Visuals

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 11

X

X

X

X

X3

X

Intel® RST Smart Response Technology4

X

-

X

-

-

X

Intel® Smart Connect Technology

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intel® Rapid Start Technology

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intel® Wireless Display /Music

X

X

X

X

X

X

3 Independent Displays

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intel® Active Management Technology 8.0

-

-

-

-

-

X

Intel Standard Manageability

-

-

-

-

X5

X5

Intel® ME Firmware 8.0 SKU6

1.5MB

1.5MB

1.5MB

5MB

5MB

5MB

2012 vPro

-

-

-

-

-

X

2012 SIPP7

-

-

-

-

X

X

PCIe Configuration

1X16

1X16 or 2X8

1X16 or 2X8 or 1X8 +2X4

1X16

1X16

1X16

Total USB Ports (Max USB3 Ports)

14 (4)

14 (4)

14 (4)

12 (4)

14 (4)

14 (4)

PCI Express 2.0 (5 GT/s)

8

8

8

8

8

8

Legacy PCI

-

-

-

X

X

X

SATA Ports (Max# 6Gb/s)

6(2)

6(2)

6(2)

6(1)

6(1)

6 (2)

Regardless of the SKU, all of the 7 series not only supports USB 3.0, but all support a maximum of four ports, with the small business B75 chipset two USB 2.0 short of the rest. Though the 7 series chipset is capable of PCI Express 3.0, the speed is limited to PCI Express 2.0 while using Sandy Bridge based processors. Similarly, each SKU has at least one available SATA 6.0Gb/s ports, while the majority of the chipset, including H77, Z75, and Z77 support two, with four left for SATA 3.0Gb/s.

 

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In addition to the newly added 7 series SKUs, the chipset is also backwards compatible with processors that worked with the 6 series chipset; in other words Sandy Bridge based CPUs.

The chipsets also included a few new software features, such as Intel's Smart Response Technology, Rapid Start Technology, and Smart Connect, which adapt to the user's behavior as well as aid in over all response and resume from hibernation or stand-by.

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Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by Lersar #24690
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Soooo many motherboards
Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by garfi3ld #24689
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For those of you who have been wondering why we havnt been posting many reviews over the last few weeks. This is why. Expect to see a flood of board previews and reviews upcoming.
Posted: 2 years 6 months ago by Lersar #24687
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First of many Intel Z77 previews and reviews!

 

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