|Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 07 May 2012|
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Intel DZ77GA-70K Conclusion
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After years of mediocre Extreme motherboards, Intel finally has a serious contender in the DZ77GA-70K. With a good array of features and excellent performance, the skull logos Intel likes to plaster all over this series of boards doesn't look quite as silly as it used to.
There are a few things I'd change: I see no reason for PCI slots on a modern enthusiast level motherboard, for example. And the power circuitry isn't quite up to the standard set by some of the high end third party boards Intel is competing against. Last, this board is very light on Windows-based utility software. But the incredible BIOS is so good that it almost completely makes up for that lack.
The Intel DZ77GA-70K sticks with Intel's standard white/black/gray color scheme. Some ports are accented in yellow and red plastic, which makes them very visible on the board if nor particularly aesthetic.
The build quality is excellent. There are many very small components on this board, but there's no over-soldering and the components all line up. Even the solder mask is placed with extreme precision.
The performance, overall, was about equal to the ASUS motherboard and slightly better than the MSI motherboard. This might not seem like much but is better than Intel has done in the past.
The value of this board is hard to judge in its current form. As usual with early Intel review boards, it's missing some accessories that I presume will be included with the retail board, like SATA cables and a manual. Still, I think I have enough here to make a stab at evaluating it. While not as feature-rich as some of the top-end third party Z77 motherboards, the DZ77GA-70K offers solid performance, some innovative features, and a truly excellent BIOS. Intel says this board will sell for between $224.00 and $240.00 At the high end of that range it's still $35.00 less than the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro, which is a reasonable tradeoff for the ASUS board's more elaborate features. If you don't need these extra features, this board represents a good value, certainly better than previous Intel boards, especially if you can find one at the lower end of this price range.
+ USB 3.0 hub design adds 3.0 ports without using PCI-E lanes
- Still not feature-competitive as it could be
Final Score: 8.70 out of 10.
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