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  • mike_b - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Interesting article, but I have to ask why would someone spend more for a Z77 chipset when using 'just' an i3? Surely a much cheaper H61 chipset could do the job admirably, and at much lower cost.

    Z77 makes sense if you're overclocking, which is excluded from this test...
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  • IanCutress - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    H61 has no chipset USB 3.0, no chipset SATA 6 Gbps, and you are limited to PCIe 2.0. H61 is also technically limited to one single sided DIMM per channel, and no SATA RAID. There's also SRT to consider, that would be advantageous with the ASRock and the mSATA on the rear.

    Ian
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  • mike_b - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    It might make an interesting comparison to see what net advantage is gained with the added features of the Z77 chipset compared with the H61. If budgets are limited the ~100 dollar cost difference between the Z77 and H61 mainboards makes a big difference; that money saved could be put into something which makes more of a performance difference (SSD rather than HDD for example).

    Anandtech is one of the best tech sites around, you guys do a great job. I do sometimes see though an emphasis on more expensive products when in terms of real-world performance you could get almost the same thing at a much cheaper price. Might be worth mentioning somewhere.

    Not least because with yet another new socket coming with Haswell all these 1155 boards will be seen as out of date soon anyway.
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  • IanCutress - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Once we get into the swing with Haswell, we will hopefully covering the whole spectrum. Though it is worth noting that motherboard manufacturers, want to put their best foot forward, and would prefer their halo/channel boards get covered before their OEM / low end offerings. Hence this is why you rarely see many mainstream reviews that are not from forums dedicated to the market segment and users testing their own equipment. We are hoping to rectify the balance in due course. If there are any specific products you might want us to test or examine, drop me an email and I'll see what I can put in my schedule (as full as it is[!]) :)

    Ian
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  • StormyParis - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    This is a major issue, not limited to motherboards: whenever I'm looking for something middle of the road or outright cheap, I can't find reviews.

    These Z77 MBs are a nice example: even though I'm recommending/building PCs regularly, most of them mini-ITX, I never came across a use case for Z77. Nobody apart from teens that still have something to prove overclocks anymore. People who want to do multi-GPU get a big case, and a big board. Are we supposed the extrapolate that the makers of good Z77 boards also make good H77 and H61 boards ?

    I understand you've got to make do with what you're given by the OEMs. And that reviews was very good, as usual. Pity it is irrelevant ?
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  • Tech-Curious - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    That's an interesting observation. I have to say, I never noticed a significant lack of coverage for low-to-mid-range components (either in general or on Anandtech in particular), until this Fall, when I was in the market for a lower end motherboard.

    I guess I just always gravitated to higher end mobos before. Or maybe the coverage for such products was more comprehensive years ago. My memory's foggy, so it's hard to say.

    In any case, motherboards appear to be the exception. If anything, I think the internet has generally grown more bullish on low-to-mid-range CPUs and GPUs in recent years (probably, in part, as a result of the stagnating console situation, which results in stagnating system requirements for games).

    But all of that rambling aside, yeah. It'd be nice to see more diverse motherboard analysis. When I bought a b75 a couple of months ago, I literally couldn't find a review for that chipset. It wasn't a big deal; it's not like b75's features are any great mystery, after all -- but it is a little nettlesome to trip over sixty bajillion z77 reviews when there's nary peep about any other chipset.

    In other news, Ian's review is a good one -- and given that I've been a faithful user of Asus motherboards for the last 15 years, it's nice to see them take home the prize. :)
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  • Etern205 - Saturday, January 05, 2013 - link

    My guess would be, why review a cheap board when majority of the readers here won't even bother buying it?
    And as for Asus boards, I've heard, they do something called based-line features. This means all boards from the bottom of the range to the top (Intel B75-Z77) will have the same base-line features, other features are just added like BT, WiFi, extra lan, etc.
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  • Tech-Curious - Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - link

    Yes, I think the issue is that (at least with respect to Intel chipsets) low-end motherboards don't support overclocking. So they're both less interesting to review (fewer measurable differences in performance among different models), and they're less appealing to the presumed audience of sites like Anandtech.

    Still, the B75 is a perfectly good chipset. If you aren't heavily invested in overclocking, z77's advantages are likely wasted on you. Personally, I'm well beyond my overclocking days; I just don't have the time or the patience to go through the almost endless tuning process anymore. (Even if you find a stable OC at the outset, it can become unstable later, and/or a given application might expose instability that stress testing didn't, weeks or even months down the road).
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  • jonjonjonj - Friday, January 04, 2013 - link

    just cause you don't overclock doesn't mean other people don't. why wouldn't you? because you want to get the fastest cpu that you can afford means you have something to prove? some people are just idiots. Reply
  • Zap - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    But there isn't a $100 difference between H61 and Z77. There is a cheaper Gigabyte Z77 ITX board that's only around $60 more than the cheapest H61 ITX board, and it was even on sale recently for another $13 off making it less than $50 difference.

    Alternately one can go the H77 ITX route and get all the Z77 goodies except for overclocking, for around $30 less than the cheapest Z77 ITX. I think $30 more than H61 is reasonable for those extra features, plus guaranteed out-of-the-box BIOS support for Ivy Bridge.

    I do agree with your (mike_b) first post regarding the choice of CPU used. Ian Cutress, didn't you have a spare K CPU laying around? There are so many people building overclocked ITX rigs these days. I did in a Silverstone SG05 with low profile air cooler to hit 4.2GHz. Plenty of others use the Bitfenix Prodigy and liquid cooling to hit clocks normally reserved for ATX rigs. Another review site (Tweaktown) tested overclocking on Z77 ITX boards and the ASRock hit near 4.8GHz. THAT'S what I want to see.

    Of course this AnandTech roundup has some very useful information too, such as DPC latency tests and POST times. Keep up the good work there! But please, know your audience. Next time if the board is supposed to be overclockable, test that feature.

    Maybe there can be a companion article about overclocking and heatsink clearance? Would be a shame to not overclock this nice collection of Z77 ITX boards.
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  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Hey yeah, Ian haz a good point

    That Crappy Gigabyte H61n-USB3 doesn't have Chipset USB3

    But it does however boot just fine to a USB3 Windows to go drive at USB3 speeds

    It also boots to Linux and XP due to the Non-Locked down Bios so we wouldn't want that either would we

    and it takes a full 9 seconds to boot XP compared to the super de duper fast 7 second Windows 8

    So we should spend more money and get locked into a closed system

    After all, that is the future!

    Limitations are fun so be happy as we lock down the Internet as well

    After all, there are scarey Monsters out there

    A man has to know his limitations
    Clint Eastwood
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  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Ian haz a good point about the memory too

    That Gigabyte H61 board only takes up to 16GB of RAM

    How much do these Z77 boards take by the way?

    Was it this site or Maximum PC where the reviewers stated that in everyday use, you will notice no difference in speed between Sata 2 & 3 when you are using the latest and greatest SSD so I probably don't need the RAID capability on my H61 either

    Keep up the good work Ian
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  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    It seems that someone just discovered sarcasm. Good for you! Reply
  • mczak - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    H61 is not limited to one single sided DIMM per channel, double sided are just fine. It only accepts one per channel (at least it's specced that way) but since none of these mini-ITX boards have more than two memory slots this wouldn't matter at all here (max memory is still 2x8GB regardless).
    Frankly I'm not sure losing PCIe 3.0 is a big deal with mini-itx boards in any case but either way it isn't exactly true there are h61 boards supposedly supporting this (as it's got nothing to do with the chipset anyway all the pcie 3.0 signals coming directly from the cpu, though it would require bios support).
    This leaves us with losing SATA 6 Gbps - this might indeed make some minimal difference in real world, provided you use a SSD and not a HD.
    The major point imho (aside from overclocking) would be missing USB 3.0, which obviously makes a big difference when using external harddisks etc. Granted that could be done with separate usb controller but probably not a good idea since space is limited.
    H61 IIRC also will lose the possibility of using 3 display outputs simultaneously. Maybe something like H77 would make more sense for mini-ITX as it pretty much only loses overclocking (plus the ability to split the 16 x pcie 3.0 lanes into 2x8 though I guess this has nothing to do with the chipset itself really, but in any case it won't be missed on mini-itx). So if you don't want to overclock, you wouldn't miss anything at all with H77 on a mini-itx board.
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  • Etern205 - Saturday, January 05, 2013 - link

    I also notice that as well, most sites will only review Z77 mITX boards instead of H61 or H77. Not all will need a Z77, Z77 is mostly for enthusiast or for those who are into the technical stuffs. For the average Joe or Jane any mITX board will do. If you tell them it's H61 or Z77, they probably won't care too much on the difference. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    You can't easily upgrade the chipset later. With a small up-front investment, you get the full feature set, and why not? Reply
  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    Oh Boo Hoo, I can't easily upgrade to an overclocking chipset or void the warranties of my hardware components

    I am just stuck with a totally stable system

    Boo Hoo

    How can I possibly break this ?

    What has the World become ?

    Poor me
    Boo Hoo
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  • Bullwinkle J Moose - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    Why not?

    Because the H61 is exactly what I wanted

    and anything else is NOT !

    can you hear me now?
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  • sherlockwing - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Where is the Gigabyte? Reply
  • IanCutress - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Gigabyte wanted their H77 reviewed instead, which we reviewed recently: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6427 Reply
  • Athelstan - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Thanks for the review. I'm curious why you mention the audio chip on all of these board. For the intended purpose, wouldn't the audio be over HDMI, making the onboard audio unused in most cases? Even then, all of the boards have optical out, making the audio chip to have very little to do other than to pass along the bitstream from the media thought the optical connection. Reply
  • IanCutress - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    The audio chip also controls the front panel audio, and even if the audio was going through the HDMI, external speakers for a HTPC may be used via the audio jacks. In my personal usage scenario, my video out is via DVI-D to a 2560x1440 Korean panel via a dGPU, meaning all my audio still goes through the normal audio jacks. The other reason is that if I did not mention it, someone in the comments would ask why wasn't the audio chip mentioned. There is a price difference between the ALC889, ALC892 and ALC898, though manufacturers obviously get these on bulk deals (or at a discount when bought with the Realtek 8111E/F) and I am not privy to that information.

    Ian
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  • Taft12 - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Speaking of audio, could you let us know the differences between those 3 Realtek audio chipsets? Is there any sound quality difference, or is it only features? Reply
  • mczak - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    The 892 has somewhat crappy ADC/DACs quality-wise (that said most likely signal routing etc. on the board will have a much bigger effect on sound quality than the quality of the DACs, so using a higher quality chip can still easily result in worse quality than using a cheap chip with more care taken). The 889 and 898 seem quite similar there on paper.
    I think just about the only thing you'd really miss is the dolby digital live / dts connect features (encode multichannel audio to digital if you're using the digital outputs). But these are pure software features, so you can get them with the 892 as well - I believe though the board manufacturers are more likely to license them with the more expensive chips (I don't know if you could "upgrade" your chip with unofficial means there...). Realtek actually seems to list different ordering numbers depending on these features - interestingly there while all 3 of these chips are listed as a version without any of DDL/DTS Connect, only the 889 has a version with both of them, while the 892 only has a version with DTS Connect, and the 898 only has the version without them - the datasheet still lists those features as optional however.so maybe they just stopped using different ordering numbers (the 889 clearly is the oldest of the 3).
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  • Athelstan - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    *grins* Good point. If you don't mention it someone else would be asking for it. Reply
  • Stacey Melissa - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    I'm running the ASUS board, and installed the AI Suite for a different ASUS Z77 board in order to get access to Fan Expert 2, which has far better fan control than v.1. Wish I could remember which Z77 board it was, but all I did was check the download pages for various Z77 boards to find one that included AI Suite with Fan Expert 2. Reply
  • IanCutress - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    MSI include a program as part of the package to update the software, making sure you have the latest available. ASUS and Gigabyte need to do this ASAP, so people can take advantage of things like Fan Expert 2 without having to visit the website. System integrators often just install the drivers and software on the CD when selling a system, and then the user never updates it unless told to by either (a) friends or (b) the software itself.

    Ian
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  • mfenn - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Am I the only one who is getting tired of the liberal copy-pasting of content between motherboard (and SSD) reviews on this site? I don't need to waste my time reading about the MSI design competition in every single review.

    I understand the need to provide background information to readers who may not peruse every single review, but that's why Tim invented the hyperlink. Link to the old review or to a purpose-built "company profile" page.
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  • Sabresiberian - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    Adding info some may be familiar with is preferable to leaving it out. If you don't want to read it, then I suggest you just skim or skip it entirely. :) Reply
  • ryedizzel - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Thank you so much for this Z77 roundup as I'm currently shopping for a new mobo and have been piecing together reviews from various sites. But as usual I always check here first, then Tom's, then Hardocp (in that order). Keep up the great work in 2013! Reply
  • Aikouka - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Ah, if only I held off on building my silent HTPC for a little bit longer. The hardest part about working with a Streacom case (other than building it) is finding a good motherboard that doesn't put too much in the way of the heat pipes. That's one reason why I was considering going with a board with mSATA, and I'm pretty certain that I stumbled across that ASRock board. Unfortunately, I looked at the photos, and didn't see a mSATA port, so I passed on it. Who would have thought to look at the back? Boy, do I feel like a bit of a dummy now! =$

    Although, speaking of the back mSATA connector, I recall seeing you touch on it on the recommendation page, but do you think it would work well on most cases? If I remember correctly, mSATA drives are fairly thin, so it might be fine. Going back to the Streacom, it does look like the ASRock offering would work well in regard to clearance even disregarding the mSATA port as the light gray SATA ports should clear the heat pipes. The USB3 port won't though.
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  • philipma1957 - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    I built 2 asrock builds with the msata as the only drive. btw this z77 review with no regard to oc is pretty weird.

    I have a 3770k with a hd7970 gpu and an msata in a small case the cooler master elite it is a very fast powerful machine. I use the asrock and love it. it does have a flaw the msata slot is sata II
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  • Ananke - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    I have i3-3225 (the same as in the article). In my opinion, for the money, the best is ASUS P8H77-I.
    It does have 6 SATA ports - a must for a file server. So, basically install Windows 8 on a SSD, add HDDs and create Storage Space - 5 SATA will allow you to create software RAID 5, without the need of SATA extension controller. BIOS is nice and stable. The board is $100 on Newegg.

    The ASUS Z77 Deluxe is nice, if anybody needs all the additional functionality in a small form factor. However, only 4 SATA - means no good for video, file, backup server. You get the "overclocking" ability though. I doubt how practical is overclocking into so small space, probably to a handful of people. Teh board costs $185.

    So, I would say $100 is better than $185, plus you get all the 6 SATA ports - priceless.
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  • DarkStryke - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Not everyone who games wants to have a huge tower. I've built more then one system based around the silverstone FT03-mini that runs a 3750k / Z77 deluxe-i and a GTX 670.

    I bring mine to lan parties and people are amazed at the power in such a small box, and it's just as fast as any desktop single GPU alternative.
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  • Ananke - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    ASUS P8H77-I is a mini ITX board - the cheaper variant of the reviewed deluxe board. It costs $100. Reply
  • ggathagan - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    I agree; the H77 makes much more sense for most ITX builds.
    I built a system with the P8H77-I, a GTX670 and the FT03-MINI.

    I don't think the daughter card of the Z77 Deluxe would have fit in the case.
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  • tramways - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    I registered here because the reviewer is lamenting that some boards use the ALC889 instead of the ALC892 codecs.
    The 889 like the 882 before it and the 898 after it is a much better codec than the 892.
    The 883,888,892 codecs are the cheaper low performance DAC/ADC chips.
    I would buy a board with the ALC889 or preferably the ALC898,but not with the ALC892.
    all the best in 2013
    Paul
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  • limki - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    too bad I already ordered mine last week ... MSI Z77IA
    to tell the truth, i don't really mind [ at 136€ its a bit pricier than asrock with my supplier]
    the conclusion for this board seems a bit biased to me
    but hey, if you're not looking for a tiny powerhouse, you don't need z77
    - in SUGO 05(and most small cases), MB is horizontally and PSU is above it, so cables and airflow will always be nasty
    - using a discrete GPU, you don't care about not having DVI or DP
    - no additional controller (USB/SATA) -> I don't plan on using more than 2(won't fit into case), so why bother?
    //btw is the SATA 6/3/m correct 2+2? shouldn't be also 2+2+1?
    - and if I'm to take the "military grade" stuff at least half seriously, ...
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  • EnzoFX - Monday, December 31, 2012 - link

    Do the post times include those pesky AHCI driver loading screen? I hate that it adds so much more to the boot process. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    Thanks for the great comparison review!

    It looks like there is a little mistake in the spec list for the Asus board, which shows it having a mini-PCIe connector. I would love it if it did, but I didn't see it on the board and it isn't mentioned in other spec lists.

    It is important to me because I would ideally need connection for both a graphics card and a sound card (which I believe I could do through a mini-PCIe to PCIe x1 adapter if needed). This makes the EVGA Stinger the choice for me here, though the Asus board is the one I would prefer to buy.

    I am truthfully a little disappointed in the EVGA board, which seems all too common with EVGA products in general these days. Great support is still there, but I'd rather they build bleeding edge components and not have to find out whether or not their support is as good as people say it is. The Stinger is a good board to be sure, and the Intel LAN alone puts it in the category of "will buy" for me, but I was hoping it would be something that would match or beat the Asus P877-I, and it just doesn't.
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  • Foeketijn - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    When you take overclocking out of the equation, B75 has it all, for the price just a tiny bit north of the old H61 chipset. Support for IB features (1600Mhz DDR3, PCI-e 3.0), Native Sata III, USB 3.0.
    It wasn't intended for the DIY market but fits the bill perfectly in my opinion. Only the very very few who need to OC, +16Gb ram or multiple SSD's @ full 6 Gb/s need the Z77 chipset.

    The only thing is, that us mere mortals can't predict is, if a much cheaper chipset is used, did the OEM also cheapskate on the critical parts to? I would love to see some in-depth component analysis which I see for example, when a PSU is taken apart.
    Which components are used? how well is the soldering done, does it still work at a sauna lanparty, etc.
    I might be alone in this, but I would find that much more valuable information than all the performance benchmarks together (race to the bottom, be dammed!).
    Including the northbridge in the CPU made motherboard and CPU reviews so predictible (or borring).Since then, I'm only interested in stability, ease of installation (nicely covered) and practical use (fan controll, MEM compatibility ect).
    <offtopic> Oh I loved the XP-m 2500+ siverpainting 2001 era where you actually could get a noticeable improvement of performance and not necessarily have to sacrifice stability or risk bankruptcy</offtopic>
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  • vanwazltoff - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    i picked up an asus p8z77-i deluxe/wd before christmas and made a beast gaming computer out of it with an i5-3750k OCed to 4.5ghz and a gtx670 =] Reply
  • vanwazltoff - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    *3570k Reply
  • Beaver M. - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    Loved the POST screen measurements and the DPC latency testing. Something you dont see every day. Actually Ive never seen it, and yet I always wanted to know those.

    However I am not really interested in the Z77s, since they have a horrible layout for my needs. Only the Asus one comes close to what I need, but I just dont buy Asus anymore because of several very bas experiences.

    So, I wish you would also test the B75 and H77s.
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  • paksoy - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    I love the features of this Asus mobo, but i want to use it in a really small form factor case like the Antec ISK 110 VESA Case.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6192/antec-isk-110-v...

    I'm just worried that the height of the VRAM board would prevent it from using it with this case.
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  • mi1stormilst - Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - link

    I still opted for the Gigabyte Z77N and love it... Reply
  • Sivar - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    Does this refer to the ALC889 playing an audio file encoded at 192KHz?
    If so, does it really matter? Failing a test is never a good thing, but I know of no widely available 192KHz audio source, and such a source would have no benefit, nor would a 96KHz source.
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  • cjs150 - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    I am a happy user of the AS Rock board in a silent HTPC. It works exceptionally well. However it is clear that some work still needs to be done on motherboard design.

    MSata on back is excellent - now can we have it as SATA 3 because the better MSata SSDs are all Sata 3.

    Placement of Sata connectors is often awkward on these boards. On edge and at right angles please.

    Similarly I would love it if someone either did the 24 pin ATX power connector at right angles or someone manufactured a right angled converter that did not require de soldering the motherboard connector. Cable management in Mini-OTX is very hard and that would really help.

    Finally, careful choice of RAM can eliminate issues Ian had about the closeness of the CPU socket preventing the use of many after market coolers. I use the Samsung green low profie memory, which is so low that any after market cooler can be used (and runs at 1.35v, is an unbelievably good overclocker and reasonably priced!)
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  • romrunning - Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - link

    As has been mentioned previously, the H77 chipset is great for those who do not need overclocking. I've used the Intel DH77DF, and I heartily recommend it. Since the DH77DF has an eSATA port (not too common), I've even been able to keep an eSATA dock that I used before USB 3.0 was more readily available. If you install this board into a Fractal Design Node 304 case, you can use all of the SATA ports as well. I've used it with a Silverstone SG05 case, and the loudest part of my setup is the fan on the graphics card (Radeon 7850).

    One thing I've noticed, though, is the relatively low mic input from the front audio. Not sure if this is common to the Realtek ALC8xx chip series, but even after boosting the gain in Win7 to +30db, it still isn't quite as loud as an older AMD board I previously had (which didn't need a boost at all).
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  • Etern205 - Saturday, January 05, 2013 - link

    Here is another model, that supports WiDi
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155...
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  • zilexa - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Will the upcoming Intel CPUs with integrated GTe graphics chip fit on these mobo's? If so these mITX mobos are VERY futureproof and ideal for an HTPC. Reply
  • doubledd - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - link

    I recently built a mini itx with the MSI Z77IA-53, Cooler Master Elite 120, Antec Kuhler 620, 16gb 1.35V ballistic memory, a 690GTX, a 3570k, default timings and a msata plextor SSD. Except the video card, the system was dirt cheap. With the card, 3D Mark 11 score of X6037.

    Removal of the HDD cage was all that was required to make room for the radiator to mount to the existing front fan on this $45 case. Folding 100% load processor is 64 degrees....not great, but manageable for this BEAST.

    While I consider Anandtech to be one of my trusted sources in reviews, I find it disappointing that they could be reviewing mini itx systems and yet be so out of touch with what people actually use these for. These are lan boxes or HTPCs and are supposed to be small and quiet. Why anyone would want a 8" tall by 8" diameter fan is beyond me. These boards are hardly bigger than a post card. Things are gonna be tight. Think out of the box a bit huh? There are quite a few mini-itx cases that can run or be modded with little effort to run, quiet liquid cooling.

    It reminds me of the Consumer reports worst cars of 2013. Half of them are off road vehicles. The complaints are about suspension, shifting and road noise......no kidding?
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  • castl3bravo - Sunday, June 23, 2013 - link

    I have found the Asus BIOS for my P8Z77-I Deluxe to be an abysmal mess. My CPU ratio is permanently stuck at 42. During some change of a setting or an upgrade to the latest BIOS, ASUS shoved a "hidden" ME upgrade as well. This process somehow corrupted my BIOS so now I can't overclock beyond ratio of 42.

    There are other ASUS P8Z77 based m/b's having the same issue. I would suggest Anand have his team research the forums first before writing such glowing reviews of the BIOS for a vendor. I bought this board based on, what appears to be, an inexperienced review last year. Reading this followup on the BIOS is laughable--perhaps even negligent.

    Here is but one example of the drama people are going through with this messed up BIOS.:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=23143...
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