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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 03 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Overview
Detailed Components
DZ77GA-70K BIOS
DZ77GA-70K BIOS Continued
Motherboard Features Final Thoughts

Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Overview

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Model Number: DZ77GA-70K
Product Name: Intel Z77 Express motherboard
Price: $224.00-$240.00 MSRP

Full Disclosure: Intel Corporation provided the product samples used in this article.

While Intel provides design documents and technical help to vendors using its processors and chipsets, they don't create "reference designs" that everybody starts with as do video card manufacturers. When NVIDIA and AMD introduce new GPUs, the first wave of boards from their partners all use an identical design, provided by NVIDIA and AMD. This gives third party vendors a quick release cycle with a verified design. Later, vendors enhance the design to add their own unique features. One important thing to keep in mind is that with this model, NVIDIA and AMD do not sell cards directly to the consumer, so they're not in competition with their partners.

Intel, on the other hand, does sell directly to the consumer. They have a complete line of motherboards for the Z77 Express chipset, and their Extreme Series boards are aimed at the enthusiast market.

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The problem Intel has had is that their previous Extreme Series boards haven't exactly set the world on fire. While companies like ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and the like manage to provide feature-stuffed, perfectly functioning boards in full retail kit to reviewers weeks before release, Intel typically seeds reviewers with incomplete kits missing manuals and most accessories, with buggy BIOSes and sub-par performance. So imagine my surprise when the Intel DZ77GA-70K I received turned in performance equal or better to the more expensive ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe and had a few unique and compelling features of its own.



 

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# More picsSadasius 2012-05-04 04:45
There are no pics of the back panel or the back of the board. Is there a price per pic on reviews?
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# RE: More picsDavid Ramsey 2012-05-04 08:06
You'll see pictures of the I/O panel in forthcoming reviews of this same motherboard. They'll be posted in the next day or two. I don't normally take pictures of the backs of motherboards unless there's something really interesting there. This time there wasn't.
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# Cool BIOSMergatroid 2012-05-05 17:59
I love the BIOS. We've been waiting for good GUI BIOSs since the early days of the first (I think) Award BIOS that dared to use a mouse. Finally the big boys are advancing their CMOS. The ASUS board I purchased last year has a pretty nice BIOS, and other companies have done the same. Now we see Intel coming out with another evolutionary effort. Good for them.

There are still a couple of things I would agree to whine about. I'm in my late 40s, and I don't want a board with a stupid skull on it, either in my startup screen nor on the board itself. That's a really juvenile choice by Intel and I can only wonder just what were they thinking? I would be embarrassed to start this computer up with people looking on.

The other thing, as you mentioned, is the PCI slots. I can't remember that last time I needed a PCI slot. Time to say bye bye.
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# RE: Cool BIOSSebastien 2012-05-06 06:43
I think you can disable seeing the logo using Intel Fast Boot.

##intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-032034.htm
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# And...Mergatroid 2012-05-07 17:34
Then there's the skull on the chipset cooler as well. Maybe when they come out with a similar board with no silly symbols I might be interested.
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# Dual Bootchan 2012-05-06 16:43
Hi! Does this board bios allow dual boot of 2 hard disks? I'm thinking of dualling both XP and W7. I know Asus has this feature. If Intel has, I'm going for this board because of the server grade Lan 82574l. Thanks!
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# RE: Dual BootDavid Ramsey 2012-05-06 17:25
Sure. You can set it to boot from any connected SATA or USB device, and override the default boot device at each boot by pressing F10.
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# Dual Bootchan 2012-05-06 18:01
Hi! David, Thanks for the quick reply. I'm going to get this in the coming days once the i7-3770k stock.
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# RE: Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard OverviewDavid Ramsey 2012-06-05 20:41
With the production BIOS installed, this board plays the "Intel jingle" every time you turn it on. I'm not sure if this is cute or not.
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# graphics cardvicky 2012-08-26 11:20
can some one plz suggest me a 1 GB graphics card for system with core i7 3770k and Intel DZ77GA-70K motherborad also about how much RAM for appliactions like 3D MAX,Aftereffects,C4d ,nuke and real flow,and also plz suggets if a 1GB graphics card is enough?
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