Biostar Launches TZ77XE4 Motherboard for Ivy Bridge

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RiderofDark

"If that's more than you nead,"

Should be need, not nead. ;)

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irishsj

The Socket 2011 x79 mobos are compatible with the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors like the 3770k right?

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diedrichg

Ivy Bridge is socket 1155 only, just like the Sandy Bridge-E is socket 2011 only, neither are interchangeable with each other's socket.

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Peanut Fox

What he said. Just wanted to add that Socket 2011 should be seeing Ivy Bridge E processors later this year that will probably be compatible with current Sandy Bridge E motherboards.

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irishsj

Ok so they wont work with the Ivy Bridge cpus but they will work with the Ivy Bridge E later this year. Got it. What do you guys think about the 3820 cpu Vs the 3770K cpu?

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Peanut Fox

3820 is a bad chip. The 2700k is running at a slower clock and beats it in a lot of benchmarks. The 3820 is not an unlocked part. You can still squeeze plenty of overclock out of it without much issue but for a high end platform this is disconcerting. Performance wise the 3820 is about a 3% performance improvement over the 2600k, and most of that I think is just the chip running 400MHz faster than the 2600k. Worse still from a day to day user experience you'd never see the improvements. 3770k isn't out yet and so we've only got preview samples and speculation to work from. I expect it to easily outperform the 3820 and probably trade spots with the 3930k.

x79 isn't a great product. The hexacore CPUs are worth the investment, but with x79 you loose a number of features that are present on z68/z77/p68. Things like SSD caching, GPU switching, poor motherboard layout with memory slots on both sides of the CPU socket, no Quicksync, no onboard GPU, and absolutely no increase in the number of SATA 6.0 and USB slots over it's z68 brother. True none of these are deal breakers, but the loss of options for what you gain: 48 PCI lanes that are useful for tri and quad SLI/XFire applications (Still doable on the current z68 platform) and quad channel memory which shows little performance improvement.

I want to add that Ivy Bridge E working on current 2011 boards while likely hasn't happened yet. It could end working on all boards, some boards or no boards. It's likely to work just fine, but we won't know until the parts are released and in current motherboards.

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alex_dh9

So the only new thing your going to get with these upcoming boards for ivy bridge is PCIe 3.0 . I hope Ivy bridge's heat and power consumption are amazing or I just won't understand.

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Peanut Fox

77 watt TDP vs 90+ on SB. Great for the desktop market, but the big advantage will be for mobile units.

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I Jedi

Finally, now the meat of the systems are starting to come out.

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