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July 24, 2012 11:08:51 AM

Dears,
Which Chipset is the best to go for X79 or Z77

and which Motherboard is the best to go for (Asus, MSI, Gigabyte...)

what is the upgrade option on both the chipsets..

Thanks in advance

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July 24, 2012 11:16:46 AM

Go for Z77 - it's the best thing out for gaming. It works with Ivy Bridge processors, unknown if it will work with Haswell (the next iteration - due next year).

X79/LGA2011 socket just gives you Sandy Bridge-e and maybe Ivy Bridge-e (if and when it's released), but unless you need more than 6 cores or quad-channel memory (both irrelevant for gaming), go for Z77/LGA1155.

I have had good luck with both Asus and Gigabyte. Asrock has been impressive as of late as well, esp for the price.
a c 717 V Motherboard
July 24, 2012 12:00:45 PM

I prefer ASUS and the LGA 2011 is great if you'll be doing any form of rendering. On the Gaming side the LGA 2011 is best suited for 3 or 4-WAY SLI/CF. However, the IB once combined with Z77 + PLX chipset also offers 3 or 4-WAY SLI/CF; ASUS examples: P8Z77-V PREMIUM, Maximus V EXTREME, P8Z77 WS.

Extreme Gamer's choose the SB-E/LGA 2011 in 3/4-WAY. The SB-E OC's to 4.6~5.0GHz+ and last I looked holds all of the Futuremark records. Clearly though, the i7-3770K doesn't suck by any stretch of the imagination. My solo issue with the IB CPU is it's temps - period.

As far as the future or IB-E I hate rumor mill guessing. What I've read is Q2 2013 with possibly an IB-E 8-core but the Haswell my further influence what's next, but I'm not a fanboy of the tri-gate transistors which is incorporated into both the Ivy Bridge, Ivy Bridge Extreme & Haswell CPU's.
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July 25, 2012 11:11:55 AM

Thanks for your comments,

i was just wondering if i spend on Z77 there will no upgrade option available
does X79 has good reviews as compare to Z77 and its respective CPU's
a c 328 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 12:33:46 PM

x79 beats Z77 CPU's by 10-15%, but not in everything.

It excels where is raw power needed.

Than it wins.
July 25, 2012 10:15:17 PM

nikorr said:
x79 beats Z77 CPU's by 10-15%, but not in everything.

It excels where is raw power needed.

Than it wins.


Right, so rendering and things like that - but it's of little help in gaming unless you're going with a quad-fire or quad-sli setup.
a c 717 V Motherboard
July 25, 2012 10:22:25 PM

inanition02 said:
Right, so rendering and things like that - but it's of little help in gaming unless you're going with a quad-fire or quad-sli setup.

The X79 is my pick period if you can afford it, every record in Futuremark is held by LGA 2011/SB-E 6-core last I looked.
August 2, 2012 12:49:53 PM

Dears,
it means if i go for Z77 chipset there is no upgrades available in future.
and if i go for the new chipset X79 then all the new future upgrades are open to me, for CPU for PCIe3 , etc...right..?
and if i go for X79 which CPU is the best to select.

Please remember that i'm looking for high end PC for graphics , gaming & development.

Thanks again all of you for your valuable comments
a c 717 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 1:30:39 PM

In either chipset if there's newer CPU's that are supported then there is an upgrade path and both support PCIe 3.0. The SB-E is the overall fastest CPU, but remember in most games there's often little to no benefits after 2-cores and in most games Hyper-Threading isn't supported i.e. no benefits.

The X79 has the edge for 3 to 4 GPU's with ultra high resolutions. The vast majority of Extreme Gamer's choose the X79/LGA 2011 platform and typically using the ASUS Rampage MOBO's with either an i7-3930K or i7-3960X. Personally I see only a tiny (L3 cache) benefit for the i7-3960X, but folks with big bucks still prefer the i7-3960X.
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a b V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 1:37:35 PM

bottom line is it depends on your budget. if you can afford $1500 or above then the X79 set up is worth considering. if it is around $1200 then the Z77 set up is your most cost efficient option.
a b V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 5:29:01 PM

If you are not interested in 3/4 way SLI/Crossfire, than z77 is enough with i7 cpu. Z77 can handle 2 gpu easily.

About upgrade path, i agree with jaquith. But personally i think there will be no upgrade path for both chip. DDR 4 memory module will coming soon. Then there will new type cpu with new mobo chip. Both x79 and z77 will be obsolete.
a c 717 V Motherboard
August 2, 2012 10:55:44 PM

Let me just put it this way, guessing what Intel will or won't do is a fools errand. Guessing if there will be an e.g. 8-core IB-E or a Haswell that 'can' work on that same X79/2011 is all rumor mill.

I've come to expect that Intel will 'screw their own mother' do almost anything to sell their stuff and convince you you needed it whether you need it or not.

There's NOTHING that's 'Future Proof.

Therefore, get what will do what you need it to do now and for whatever time you need it then like most ... the 'scrap heap.'
a b V Motherboard
August 3, 2012 10:17:32 AM

jaquith said:

I've come to expect that Intel will 'screw their own mother' do almost anything to sell their stuff and convince you you needed it whether you need it or not.


100% true.
August 7, 2012 12:00:26 PM

Dears,
Which one should be better option 1 or 2

Option 1. i7 3820 + Asus P9X79_PRO
(or)
Option 2. i7 3770k + Asus P8Z77V_DELUXE

Thanks you all in advance for your valuable advise.

August 7, 2012 1:33:09 PM

i honestly think the z77asus would perform better, only cause its the 3820cpu, however, dont take anything away form the x79chip either it will definately do the job.

Like jaquith advised, the IB chip to produce abit of heat, but that can be manageable if you want to spend a little extra on better cooling, then u really dont feel the effects.

what you need to consider are the feature sets on the boards you are choosing, and, in all honesty, weather you want/need the very best of everything.

Things unfortunately, will become obsolete, so if you are looking to hold a board for a couple of years then getting a new one, i wouldnt be going all out.

However, they are both fine boards, both will do what you want them to - but i will go back to the feature set you wont so you can find what you need and no pay for an overpriced board where you want use half the things it comes with.
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a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2012 9:19:48 PM

nadeemm said:
Dears,
Which one should be better option 1 or 2

Option 1. i7 3820 + Asus P9X79_PRO
(or)
Option 2. i7 3770k + Asus P8Z77V_DELUXE

Thanks you all in advance for your valuable advise.

my vote:
Option 2. i7 3770k + Asus P8Z77V_DELUXE

the 3770K gives the 3820 a run for its money at stock speed:
Ivy Bridge Debuts: Intel Core i7-3770K Review
(please read the full article)

you'll also get more features with the deluxe than the pro motherboard.
a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 10:44:25 PM

nadeemm said:
Dears,
Which one should be better option 1 or 2

Option 1. i7 3820 + Asus P9X79_PRO
(or)
Option 2. i7 3770k + Asus P8Z77V_DELUXE

Thanks you all in advance for your valuable advise.


I am also voting for option 2. You can save more money for SSD, SLI/Crossfire gpu and maybe 3D display. It can give you all you need.
August 9, 2012 10:47:49 PM

Option 2 is best as well.
a c 717 V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 11:08:33 PM

nadeemm said:
Dears,
Which one should be better option 1 or 2

Option 1. i7 3820 + Asus P9X79_PRO
(or)
Option 2. i7 3770k + Asus P8Z77V_DELUXE

Thanks you all in advance for your valuable advise.

My picks Option (2) or Option (3).

Option 3. i7-3930K + Asus P9X79 PRO
!