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Difference between Mobos? (Ex. - Z68 vs Z77)

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September 13, 2012 2:45:43 PM

Just a question I have had for quite some time now. Do the different Intel Mobo "versions" (?) provide any significant performance improvements, features, ect.?

September 14, 2012 12:06:31 AM

The Z68 is the chipset made to support the sandy bridge processors (2nd gen) while the Z77 is the newer chipset made to support the ivy bridge processors (3rd gen). I would like to think the Z77's are improvements on the Z68's but you'll have to list out what parts your thinking of buying before giving a answer.
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September 14, 2012 12:14:56 AM

^ While this is technically correct Ivy Bridge CPUs will work fine on most older P67 and Z68 boards with a BIOS update.

The real difference is the newer Z series adds PCI-E 3.0 and native USB 3.0 support.