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A Z77 MB with a SB CPU

So I thought that if you get a SB motherboard you only lose pcie3 but didn't realise that you lose the usb 3.0 ports too. My motherboard is asrock pro z77 extreme 4 and I'm wondering if the usb 3.0 slots will still work. I went with the 2500k since it overclocks better but it seems that perhaps I've made the wrong choice. Any suggestions?
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  1. How do u loose the USB3? U don't, its just not on the chip. CPU is fine.
  2. Whats your mobo?

    asrock pro z77 extreme 4 ? Its 2 different ones.

    I hope its the Extreme 4.
  3. U can definitely use this one -> ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 -> ... Latest Z77...

    Its better choice for OC, it has more powere phases, that helps the stability and the OC.

    I just build PC with this mobo and I like the BIOS, its looks like this.

    Works as expected @ 4.4GHz



    That is a great mobo choice for the CPU. It has good power design for OC.

    Read the Toms review Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed
    @ http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-express-ivy-bridge-benchmark,3254.html

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-intel-z77-s-1155-ddr3-sata-iii-6gb-s-sata-raid-pcie-30-(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-a
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0387554

  4. nikorr said:
    Whats your mobo?

    asrock pro z77 extreme 4 ? Its 2 different ones.

    I hope its the Extreme 4.

    Thank you for a quick reply. Yes it's a extreme 4 just like you suggested in the last thread. I am just wondering if I lose the usb 3.0 capabilities if I install the 2500k. I am kinda worried since I've just ordered my 2500k and discovered that it might take out the usb 3.0 features.
  5. Best answer
    NO, install this drivers and u are fine.

    3/8/2012 Windows® 7 64bit 4.53MB ASMedia USB 3.0 driver ver:1.10.1.0

    3/30/2012 Windows® 7 64bit 11.84MB Intel USB 3.0 driver ver:1.0.4.220

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Download&o=Win764


    USB 3.0 - 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Intel® Z77, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0

    - 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by ASMedia ASM1042, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0

    Plus headers for the front panel and such.
    - 1 x Front USB 3.0 header by Intel® Z77 (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports),

    supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0
  6. By installing the driver, u will be able to use it just fine.

    That's why the drivers are included.
  7. Best answer selected by badhomaks.
  8. nikorr said:
    NO, install this drivers and u are fine.

    3/8/2012 Windows® 7 64bit 4.53MB ASMedia USB 3.0 driver ver:1.10.1.0

    3/30/2012 Windows® 7 64bit 11.84MB Intel USB 3.0 driver ver:1.0.4.220

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Download&o=Win764


    USB 3.0 - 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Intel® Z77, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
    - 2 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by ASMedia ASM1042, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
    - 1 x Front USB 3.0 header by Intel® Z77 (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports), supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s

    Thank you! I had gotten really worried that I maybe made the wrong choice. Thanks for clearing that out.
  9. No problem : ) Good luck!
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