Intel is fairly straight forward with the marketing of their enthusiast Z77 board, the large Intel skull occupying most of the real estate on the front accompanied by a list of features such as PCI Express 3.0 and the included USB 3.0 module. On the reverse side we find an action shot with call-outs encircling the board. Intel has packed a lot of information here, as well as a few additional photos of the extras included inside.

The box opens in typical clam-shell style, the board safely wrapped in anti-ESD material and resting atop a cardboard insert. Underneath you'll find the cove of accessories that include the standard rear I/O cover and SLI bridge. Intel has also included two very nice extras. The first is a front panel USB 3.0 module that mounts in any external 3.5” drive bay and provides two USB 3.0 ports. This is a great option not only for cases lacking 3.0, but also as an option to expand the number of ports for those that do, since Intel has provided two headers on the DZ77GA board.

The second extra is a Bluetooth 2.1/Wi-Fi-802.11b/g/n module. This piece of hardware connects with a provided cable to any USB header on the motherboard. As you may have guessed, it then provides wireless and Bluetooth capabilities.

Finally, just as we saw with the Intel DX79SI motherboard, Intel has included a nice cloth mouse pad featuring the iconic enthusiast skull graphic.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #24735 23 Apr 2012 20:03
Intel's DZ77GA-70K tested with Ivy

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