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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

Motherboard Features Final Thoughts

I can only hope that the Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard represents a new push by Intel to make their motherboards more competitive. ASUS isn't trembling in their boots just yet, and there are still some rough edges in Intel's design and implementation. However, in my opinion this is the first Intel motherboard that represents a credible choice for an enthusiast looking to build a new rig.

Intel has done a really good job with the hardware feature set on this board. Users will appreciate the eight USB 3.0 ports, extra SATA 6G ports, dual Ethernet ports, and POST code display, POST sequence LEDs, and power phase LEDs. But the star of the show is the Intel Visual BIOS. It's aesthetically pleasing, well laid out, and very functional. Enthusiasts and overclockers will spend more time in the BIOS than other users, and using this one is a real pleasure. The more you use it, the more obvious it is that some very smart people really sweated the details. It makes every other BIOS I've used seem primitive by comparison.

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The only place this board comes up short is in its supporting Windows software...or lack thereof Admittedly this is hard to judge since there was no driver/utility CD provided with the motherboard, so it's not clear what the final retail version will offer. Aside from some drivers and very basic utilities, the only real Windows software Intel provided was its Extreme Tuning Utility, which merely offers manual settings of various parameters within Windows, without any automatic overclocking features. Using the slider-based overclocking in the BIOS will be easier for most people for whom the few hundred extra mHz possible with manual tweaking is too much trouble.

Still: a solid set of innovative features and a BIOS to die for. It might not be the ultimate Z77 board, but it's Intel's best effort to date, and I look forward to seeing what else they can come up with.

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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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