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I have an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 board. Since the Z77 chipset is out, i'm wondering what are the differences?

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I have an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 board. Since the Z77 chipset is out, i'm wondering what are the differences?

 

The two biggest ones are better lucid virtue and some fancy chip to give a slight performance boost for PCI 3.0.

 

If you already have Sandy Bridge stuff, don't even bother upgrading.

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With the launch of Socket 1155 came the H67 and P67 chipsets, H67 was geared to the budget-oriented consumer, with onboard graphics and no overclocking abilities. P67, on the other hand, employed only discrete graphics but came with high performance overclocking capabilities. Each had pros and cons, and users were essentially forced to make a choice when going with a new hotrod Sandy Bridge processor.

 

 

The launch of the Z68 chipset changed that approach, as users can now benefit from the best of both worlds. The simple explanation is the Z68 is a hybrid of both H67 and P67, bringing onboard graphics and high performance overclocking in a single package. Recently, Intel launched the Z68 Gen.3 chipset and these motherboards are compatible with both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge with a bios flash. The Z68 Gen.3 features PCIE 3.0 with one exception: Ivy Bridge operates with PCIE 3.0 but Sandy Bridge works at 2.0.

<P align=center>gigabyte_z77ud3h_block3.jpg

 

 

Here we are today, the Z77 chipset is here. Actually, Intel has 3 chipset controller hubs, the Z77 and Z75 and H77. The major differences between the 3 chipsets are not much but the Z77 boasts more PCI slots while the Z75 sacrifices Intel Smart Response Technology( SSD Caching) as the H77 has no overclocking ability (Just as the H67).

 

 

Here are the chipset features of each:

<P align=center>gigabyte_z77ud3h_block4.jpg

 

 

Now, as far as Z77 vs Z68 goes, let’s start with the most noticeable difference. The PCIE lanes can be split into different configurations, 16 x 1/ 2 x8 or x8/ x4, x4. This configuration is only available on the Z77 as the Z75 breaks them into 1 x 16x and 2 x 8x all with PCIE 3.0. The Z77 chipset also supports 3 independent displays along with 4 USB 3.0 ports and 10 USB 2.0 support. The Z68 chipset had no USB 3.0 support but boasted 14 x USB 2.0 ports. Both chipsets run dual channel and another noticeable upgrade is memory native speed increased from 1333MHz to 1600MHz. The upgrades are substantial to most.

<P align=center>gigabyte_z77ud3h_block5.jpg

 

 

Here is the Z77 chipset block diagram:

<P align=center>gigabyte_z77ud3h_block1.jpg

 

 

And contrasted against the Z68, below:

<P align=center>gigabyte_z77ud3h_block2.jpg

Edited by Drdeath

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You mean the upgrades are insubstantial for most right? :P

 

 

Yup, More lanes, PCIE 3.0, USB 3.0, Native 1600MHz memory(OC to 2800MHz on some boards), and most of all SSD Caching is gonna big huge. All those platter drives are not going to be worthless....... Bet you did not think of all of these... LOL. You will own your 2500K for another 6 yearrs so that makes you insubstantial.:evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

 

 

 

Waco, you have any freinds.? :teehee: :teehee: :teehee:

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Yup, More lanes, PCIE 3.0, USB 3.0, Native 1600MHz memory(OC to 2800MHz on some boards), and most of all SSD Caching is gonna big huge. All those platter drives are not going to be worthless....... Bet you did not think of all of these... LOL. You will own your 2500K for another 6 yearrs so that makes you insubstantial.:evilgrin: :evilgrin: :evilgrin:

 

 

 

Waco, you have any freinds.? :teehee: :teehee: :teehee:

None of those things are huge upgrades over Z68 boards.

 

 

Insubstantial indeed. :)

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