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Written by David Ramsey   
Friday, 04 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard Overview
Detailed Components
DZ77GA-70K BIOS Continued
Motherboard Features Final Thoughts


Intel calls their new UEFI BIOS implementation Intel Visual BIOS. I unapologetically begin with an image of the BIOS splash screen, and I'm not even going to criticize the cheesy skull image. What's impressive about this is that it comes onscreen almost instantly and stays there for a timed five seconds. If you've ever frantically stabbed at a key when the BIOS splash screen flickered onto your screen, only to disappear a second later, you'll appreciate this.


Next is the summary screen you see if you hit the F2 key to drop into the BIOS. At the left are your bootable devices, and you can drag them to rearrange the boot order or double-click on one to boot from it directly. To the right of that section is the Overclocking Assistant section, and all you have to do to overclock the CPU from this screen is drag the little slider to the right until the Turbo frequency shown is what you'd like. Note that the adjustments shown below the slider-- Processor Current Limit Override, Burst Mode Power Limit, Sustained Mode power, and so on, are all automatically adjusted on the fly to appropriate values as you move the slider. With my Core i7-3770K CPU, dragging the slider all the way to the right gave me an instant, stable 4.5GHz overclock, which exceeds the quick overclock provided by the ASUS and MSI motherboards I tested.

Clicking on the Graphics or Memory tabs takes you to overclocking sections for the iGPU and DRAM, and large legible buttons below this take you to a more detailed tuning section, a list of motherboard devices, the SATA section, and an area to store settings profiles. This is easily the simplest and most functional BIOS screen I have ever seen.


If you click the subtle arrow at the far right side of the screen, you'll see this screen. The left panel shows what devices you have plugged into your slots, the middle panel shows fan speed as well as board temperatures and voltages (in real time), and the right panel shows what devices you have plugged into your SATA ports...and as you hover over the devices, the specific SATA port associated with the device is outlined with a green rectangle. I should also mention that switching among BIOS pages is always accomplished with a smooth, animated transition.


Clicking the Advanced Setup button near the top of the screen brings you to this page, a jumping-off point for delving deeper into the system. It's mainly a status page.


The Devices and Peripherals screen has three sections: USB, SATA, and Video & Other Devices. The USB screen lets you enable or disable USB 3.0 and legacy USB device support, as well as enabled or disable any of the 14 USB ports on the board.


The SATA Drives section is where you configure IDE or AHCI mode, as well as enabling or disabling the secondary SATA controller. The Video & Other Devices page contains configuration options for the iGPU (memory, mainly), which graphics device (iGPU or discrete video) will be the primary device, and other devices that can be enabled and disabled, like consumer I/R, front panel audio, and so forth.


But there's even more...



# 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.
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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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