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Do I need to upgrade from z67 to z77 for Sandy to Ivy?

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April 25, 2012 11:41:07 PM

I have an Intel Core i5 2500k and a BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I plan on upgrading the CPU to the i7 3770K. Will my motherboard work, or do I need to upgrade to a Z77 board?
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April 25, 2012 11:42:41 PM

Nope. But why do you want to upgrade. The performance gain is very very minimal.
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April 25, 2012 11:49:56 PM

Ah, I see, well go ahead then. Only thing Z77 really brings to the table is PCIe 3.0. And official support for 1600mhz RAM.
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April 25, 2012 11:51:08 PM

What does PCIe 3.0 do? I was also thinking about getting the GTX 660 Ti when it comes out to upgrade my GTX 460 768mb
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April 25, 2012 11:52:29 PM

It theoretically expands the bandwidth of the PCIe slot to 32 gb/s from 16gb/s. But NO single card can use 16 gb/s yet. So don't even worry about it. Unless you're going tri SLI with 680's or something.
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April 25, 2012 11:53:19 PM

Okay, so I'm good to upg my cpu and gpu without changing boards for sure? Not even BIOS update? cause *** that I'm not doing a BIOS update.
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April 25, 2012 11:55:18 PM

You may have to do a BIOS update haha. Nobody knows yet since it hasn't come out yet.
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April 25, 2012 11:59:30 PM

Yep, but he used a Z77 board, guaranteed compatibility. Z68 support IVY, but some may need BIOS flashes.
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April 26, 2012 12:13:12 AM

I have no idea what a BIOS flash is or how to do it
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April 26, 2012 12:15:09 AM

Yeah, there's also a USB method, just read your manual and check the website for more details. (Don't know BIOSTAR)
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May 3, 2012 12:50:43 AM

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