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ASRock Extreme4 P67 vs Z77

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August 8, 2012 2:01:07 AM

Is there any reason to go for the Z77 Extreme4 over the P67? I will be using a 3570k and overclocking.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The P67 is $85 on Newegg and the Z77 is $135. Is the P67 chipset in any way inferior to the Z77?

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August 8, 2012 2:12:49 AM

What CPU? A 3570K or another Ivy Bridge CPU? If so, you HAVE to get the Z77 because the P67 will need a BIOS update before you can even use a 3570K (or any other Ivy CPU) with it (something that you can only do with a Sandy Bridge CPU).
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August 8, 2012 2:21:51 AM

DJDeCiBeL said:
What CPU? A 3570K or another Ivy Bridge CPU? If so, you HAVE to get the Z77 because the P67 will need a BIOS update before you can use a 3570K with it (something that you can only do with a Sandy Bridge CPU).
I have an i5 2400 that I could use to update the bios if necessary. Is there any other reason to go Z77?

I don't know much about the current chipsets but it looks like they both have 2 PCI-e 3.0 slots, USB 3 capability, SATA 6, etc. The only advantages I see for Z77 are it's newer, uses the latest Realtek audio chipset and can potentially use faster memory (2133 vs 2800). Will they both have similar performance and overclock the same? And will the P67 be able to use PCI-e 3.0 with an Ivy Bridge cpu? If so, I'd rather update the bios and save $50.
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August 8, 2012 2:23:40 AM

I would get the Z77 just because of the advantage of using integrated graphics. You wouldn't imagine how helpful it is if you have a GPU problem.
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August 8, 2012 2:32:12 AM

Ironslice said:
I would get the Z77 just because of the advantage of using integrated graphics. You wouldn't imagine how helpful it is if you have a GPU problem.


+1 And also the ability to use Virtu MVP with the Z77 board (mostly for Quick Sync if you want to do any video encoding, although Virtu MVP does also help out in gaming with V-Sync by smoothing out the game play (less tearing)).

But beyond that, since you have a 2400 to flash the BIOS of the P67, the decision is up to you.

And yes, with an Ivy CPU, the PCIe slots will become 3.0.
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August 8, 2012 2:39:07 AM

Wireless HDMI^ : )

But look at Z68 too, lot of them are on sale.
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December 9, 2012 1:40:50 AM

"And yes, with an Ivy CPU, the PCIe slots will become 3.0. "

will it really turn the PCIe to 3.0 if will be using a IVY procie like the 3570k on a P67 motherboard? because i was planning on buying the ASRock P67 Extreme4 because i have no plans in using the IGP of the Procie and also to save some extra $$$ for other parts.
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December 9, 2012 3:06:17 AM

Only if the motherboard already has 3.0 "Ready" slots. My Z68 board does, but p67 are a year older. Just a quick google of that Asrock seems to indicate that the slots are just vanilla 2.0.

Not a big worry, though, because 2.0 is fast enough for even the GTX690.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

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