Review: Intel DZ77GA-70K and Intel Core i7-3770k

It’s time for another review and thanks to Intel we have the lovely Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard and Intel i7-3770k processor to play around with and check out it’s performance. So let’s not mess around here and dive right into the specs of each piece of hardware.

Intel DZ77GA-70K Motherboard

  • Memory
  • Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
  • Support for DDR3 1600+ /1333 /1066 MHz DIMMs
  • Support for up to 32 GB of system memory
  • Chipset
  • Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
  • Graphics
  • Intel® HD Graphics, HDMI*
  • Two PCI Express* 3.0 x16 connectors (one x8 electrical)
  • Supports ATI CrossFireX* and NVIDIA SLI*
  • Audio
  • Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio) subsystem in the following configuration:
  • 10-channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem with six analog audio outputs w/optical S/PDIF out port
  • Supports Dolby* Home Theatre V4
  • LAN support
  • Dual Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN subsystems using the Intel® 82579V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Peripheral interfaces
  • Eight SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (4 external/4 header)
  • Ten USB 2.0 ports (4 external (2 Hi-Current/Fast Charging) / 6 internal)
  • Four Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s ports, one eSATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • Four Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
  • Two IEEE 1394a ports/headers (1 external/1 header)
  • Consumer infrared receiver and emitter
  • Expansion capabilities
  • Two PCI Express* 3.0 x16 connectors (one x8 electrical)
  • Two PCI Express 2.0 x 1 connectors
  • One PCI Express 2.0 x 4 connector
  • Two PCI Conventional* bus connectors

Intel Core i7-3770k

 of Cores
# of Threads
Clock Speed
3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
3.9 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache
8 MB
Bus/Core Ratio
5 GT/s
Instruction Set
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available
22 nm
77 W

Let’s also take a look at the difference between the SandyBridge/Extreme and IvyBridge

Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – Photos of Motherboard and processor
Page 3 – wPrime and ATTO Disk Bench
Page 4 – AIDA64
Page 5 – PC Mark Vantage and CineBench
Page 6 – Conclusion

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