Combining the newest features with moderate expandability, Intel’s mainstream platforms provide high value to most gaming and overclocking enthusiasts. We compare six examples with Z77 Express to find the best features, overclocking, and efficiency.
The TZ77XE4 pushed this article’s Core i7-3770K to 4.74 GHz at 1.30 V, using a 100.9 MHz base clock and 47x multiplier.
Power limit and memory controls are farther down Biostar’s O.N.E. menu. Setting XMP Profile 1 allowed us to reach DDR3-2692 on a pair of G.Skill’s DDR3-2666, though four-module tests were less impressive.
More remarkable are primary and secondary memory timing controls on the TZ77XE4’s main O.N.E. overclocking menu. Most competitors move these settings to a separate submenu to reduce menu length and complexity.
Voltage controls are all the way at the bottom of the O.N.E. menu
- Z77 Express: The Perfect Replacement For Older Machines
- ASRock Z77 Extreme6
- Z77 Extreme6 Firmware
- Asus P8Z77-V Pro
- P8Z77-V Pro Firmware
- Biostar TZ77XE4
- TZ77XE4 Firmware
- ECS Golden Z77H2-A2X
- Z77H2-A2X Firmware
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
- Z77X-UD3H Firmware
- MSI Z77A-GD65
- Z77A-GD65 Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which Mid-Range Z77 Board Should You Buy?