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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 3:36:07 PM

Z68 VS Z77

What's the difference ?

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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 5:17:36 PM

But i found out online z68 have all the feature that z77 have so why to buy z77 over z68 ?
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May 7, 2012 5:20:03 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
But i found out online z68 have all the feature that z77 have so why to buy z77 over z68 ?


The Z77 chipset allows native USB 3.0, and I believe (don't quote me on this) that it also allows for more PCIe 3.0 bandwidth in tandem with an Ivy Bridge CPU. Prices shouldn't vary much between Z77 and Z68, so choose which one fits your budget and preferences the best.

Hope this helped,
The newbie
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 5:20:37 PM

if you want native USB 3.0 or PCIe 3.0......

Also, while Z68's support Ivy Bridge through BIOS updates, the Z77 chipset was designed around Ivy Bridge. Basically, if you want Ivy Bridge and already have a Z68 system, you can just upgrade the CPU. If you don't have Z68 it is better to get the Z77 which is designed for the IB's
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May 7, 2012 5:22:20 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
But i found out online z68 have all the feature that z77 have so why to buy z77 over z68 ?


z77 have PCIe 3.0 wic is only usefull if your going for a 5760x 1080presolution since the 2560x1600 do not bottleneck the PCIe 2.0

Also the z77 have the lastest version of bios.

All in all for the average guy the z77 bring nothing over the z68. Go for the cheapest one if your not going for a 2000$+ system and even at that point the z68 might bring anything that you need.
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May 7, 2012 5:23:47 PM

Z77 also offers better Virtu MVP performance in tandem with Ivy Bridge.
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May 7, 2012 5:24:41 PM

I did a little bit of research and found out that I was wrong about increasing bandwidth on the PCIe slots. It does, however, give a lot more support for onboard graphics when using the Ivy Bridge CPU.

"Another aspect of the chipset that has been improved is the support for onboard graphics. Once the matching 3rd-generation processors are out, motherboards will be able to offer three simultaneous monitor outputs instead of just two. Onboard graphics will also be faster, but both of those are functions of the newer processors; when paired with older Sandy Bridge CPUs, the speed will be the same as Z68 and the number of monitors supported at a time will still be two."

http://www.pugetsystems.com/blog/2012/04/12/z68-z77-and...

If USB 3.0 isn't a big deal, the Z68 motherboard should fit your specs (assuming you're using a discreet GPU)
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May 7, 2012 5:26:21 PM

wubadee said:


If USB 3.0 isn't a big deal, the Z68 motherboard should fit your specs (assuming you're using a discreet GPU)


z68 have 3.0 USB.
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 5:27:39 PM

venur said:
z68 have 3.0 USB.


I believe it has been mentioned that Z77 is *Native* USB 3.0 support..
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May 7, 2012 5:29:18 PM

venur said:
z68 have 3.0 USB.


I know it does. I was trying to say that if you REALLY care about native USB 3.0 support, then Z68 won't fit the bill.
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May 7, 2012 5:45:25 PM

I almost forgot about the native memory controller as well (with Ivy Bridge.) Should support higher frequencies natively on most Z77 boards (again, with Ivy) now.
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May 7, 2012 5:52:31 PM

There's a great article on Tom's Hardware which addresses the original question.

Here's the summary link:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-virtu-m...

In a nutshell: There is very little difference between the two. Z77 has a few little things more than the Z68 so if you have a choice between the two and they are the same price point get a Z77.
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 5:55:23 PM

Im just asking why its better than z68 except flash bios :) 
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 5:57:19 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Im just asking why its better than z68 except flash bios :) 


Native USB 3.0
PCIe 3.0
Native 1600MHz RAM
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:18:42 PM

Ok i knew PCI 3.0 needs IB buddie :) 

But 1333mhz - 1600mhz not makes noticeable diffrence
[ In specification 1600mhz supported not by OC ]

and USB 3.0 is not native ok but controller that's already present onboard [ correct if im wrong ]

So?
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May 7, 2012 6:21:25 PM

Instead of deciphering what you mean, what system are you looking to throw together, THE UNKNOWN? If you post a CPU/RAM/HDD/etc list then we can find you a board that meets the specs, and other ones that exceed them if need be. Are you planning on upgrading? Do you just want general information? (Which has already been well-provided) Do you need a new one because one broke? Do you want to support a 600 series/ 7900 series GPU?
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:27:12 PM

Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:37:13 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?



You asked for the difference between the 2 platforms, which we have given over and over.

If you are going to buy one, buy whatever you want. We can't make up your mind for you...

But as far as the differences go, those have been explained many times so far.
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:38:33 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?



You asked for the difference between the platforms, which have been explained to you many times in this thread.

If you are looking to buy one, get whatever you want, we can't make up your mind for you. But the differences have been very clearly explained for you.
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a c 121 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:40:03 PM

You asked for the differences between the platforms. Which have been clearly explained multiple times.

If you are going to buy one, get whatever you want, we can't make up your mind for you. However the differences have been clearly explained.
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:47:26 PM

strictly for the "new car" smell.
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:47:36 PM

Dont go this :) 

im just asking you z68 vs z77
[ which you all gave correct ]

but what point is there if z68 gives all z77 feature ?

As you said take whatever you want
[ but i only asked you why z68 over z77 ] :) 
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a c 86 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 6:48:45 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?

There's no particular reason that'll always fit, because not all z77 motherboards will have the same features, and neither will all z68's. The minimum you'll always get with a z77 are a bit higher than with a z68 though - for example, all z77 boards will at least support memory up to 1600 MHz, while z68 guarantees only up to 1333 MHz. But the z68 board you linked supports way up to 2133 MHz, so obviously that's not really a factor in this case. The same goes with USB 3.0 - z68 boards aren't guaranteed to have it, but it's not like there's a law against supporting it, so high-end z68 boards usually have USB 3.0 too.

At the end of the day there's going to be a much bigger difference between z68 boards at different price levels than between high-end z68 and z77 boards.
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May 7, 2012 6:54:52 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?



Oooh ok... That's a tricky question. If you're planning on buying (or maybe already have) an Ivy Bridge processor, definitely go with the Z77. If you have a sandy bridge processor, the Z77 won't be any different than the Z68, other than if you eventually want to upgrade to Ivy.

I would say buy a Z77, you really can't go wrong having some extra features (even though you might not be able to use them yet) for virtually the same price. It will future-proof your computer a little bit more, and when you decide to go Ivy you can throw a PCIe 3.0 card, or some new memory, in there and it will have everything be natively supported instead of having controller workarounds.

Hope this answered the question :) 
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May 7, 2012 6:55:15 PM

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?



Oooh ok... That's a tricky question. If you're planning on buying (or maybe already have) an Ivy Bridge processor, definitely go with the Z77. If you have a sandy bridge processor, the Z77 won't be any different than the Z68, other than if you eventually want to upgrade to Ivy.

I would say buy a Z77, you really can't go wrong having some extra features (even though you might not be able to use them yet) for virtually the same price. It will future-proof your computer a little bit more, and when you decide to go Ivy you can throw a PCIe 3.0 card, or some new memory, in there and it will have everything be natively supported instead of having controller workarounds.

Hope this answered the question :) 
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May 7, 2012 6:58:09 PM

Okay... for some reason posting is giving me problems. I copy pasted what I wrote earlier, but it appears the post was deleted/not posted? Anyway, here.

THE UNKNOWN said:
Well i have info about z68 + z77
[ as you all given Thanks for it ] :) 

But just wanted to know why to buy z77 over z68 ?



Oooh ok... That's a tricky question. If you're planning on buying (or maybe already have) an Ivy Bridge processor, definitely go with the Z77. If you have a sandy bridge processor, the Z77 won't be any different than the Z68, other than if you eventually want to upgrade to Ivy.

I would say buy a Z77, you really can't go wrong having some extra features (even though you might not be able to use them yet) for virtually the same price. It will future-proof your computer a little bit more, and when you decide to go Ivy you can throw a PCIe 3.0 card, or some new memory, in there and it will have everything be natively supported instead of having controller workarounds.

Hope this answered the question :) 
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May 7, 2012 6:59:34 PM

I'm about to rip my hair out, lmao. I probably posted 3-4 times on accident......... I'll check back later.
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a c 444 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 7:12:45 PM

because the unknown reason we need the new technology.
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a c 444 V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 7:17:09 PM

because the unknown reason we need the new technology
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 7:42:26 PM

I got my answer thank you all for giving your time :) 
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 7:44:13 PM

Best answer selected by THE UNKNOWN.
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May 7, 2012 8:29:39 PM

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I do agree that he should have done some of his own research, but then again this forum WAS created to answer questions like this. Go easy on him, maybe one day you'll want to have a similar question answered, and not know how to summarize that massive amount of Google search result information.



Don't get me wrong I'm all for helping people out but it got ridiculous about halfway down the thread. I just almosted wanted to say "buy an alienware" and call it a day. I had the same question 4 months ago when I was planning on building this z77 rig I have now. The deciding factor for me was just going with the newer tech. Coming from a q6600 it was worth every penny for me even though the price difference between the z68 and z77 was small.
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 8:32:20 PM

And im not fan either two of them
im not gonna buy new mobo just had a question
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a b V Motherboard
May 7, 2012 9:18:26 PM

i dont understand ?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
May 8, 2012 4:40:50 AM

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