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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

DZ77GA-70K BIOS Continued

One of my criticisms of this motherboard is that it has only four fan headers, including the CPU header. But at least they're all four-pin PWM headers, and Intel gives you pretty fine control over them. As you can see below you can define how each fan is used as well as set minimum and maximum fan speeds.

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Under the Temperatures tab, you can define the temperatures the motherboard will use to control the fans, as well as how the fans "respond". A high responsiveness with low damping means fans speeds will change continually and instantly in response to temperature changes, which provides the best cooling but might be annoying from a sound standpoint. Alternatively you can dampen the response so that the change is slower. The Thresholds tab, part of which is visible at the right side of this image, defines the voltage thresholds (over and under-voltage) that can be used to generate alerts with the proper monitoring software. While this could be a useful feature, Intel doesn't provide any such monitoring software.

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The Performance tab takes you to a summary screen showing the default, currently active, and "proposed" (set but not yet applied) parameters for the processor, memory, iGPU, and system voltages.

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The Processor tab is representative of what you'll see on the other Performance tabs. You can set the CPU voltage and define the turbo multipliers to be used for 1, 2, 3, or 4 cores. To the right are settings for enabling or disabling features like SpeedStep, Hyper-Threading, and the C states as well as VDROOP and sustained and burst mode power overrides.

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The Power screen has controls for processor and subsystem power usage. Intel Smart Connect Technology will wake a sleeping computer at defined intervals so that programs such as Microsoft Outlook can update themselves without the computer having to be on for the entire time.

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One of my favorite features in the BIOS is the Search input. At the bottom right of every BIOS screen is a little Search input area. Click in it and start typing to bring up every place in the BIOS the search term occurs. In the image below I've typed "boot", and the results consolidate everything the BIOS knows about "boot" into a little custom panel with active controls. This is great for finding your way around a complex BIOS, although frankly Intel's Visual BIOS is so well-designed and intuitive that this feature almost isn't needed except as a short cut.

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In the next section I'll give my final thoughs on the Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard's feature set.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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