Intel officially launched the Z77 platform earlier this week, and later this month we'll see the official launch of Ivy Bridge, Intel's 3rd generation Core processors. ASUS has agreed to cart nearly everything it makes (including a handful of unreleased products we saw at CES) over to me in NC for a hands on look on video. More importantly - we're going to be doing a Q&A with you all.

ASUS and I will both be answering your questions on camera. If you have any questions you'd like to see us answer or topics you'd like us to address, respond to the comments here or mention @anandtech with the hashtag #asusivy on Twitter along with your question/topic. We won't be able to get to all of them but we'll pick the most interesting/relevant questions and answer them on camera. The topic is obviously going to be Ivy Bridge and the 7-series platform. Simple questions are fine but what I'd really like to see are topics we can have a good discussion about.

When the video goes live, ASUS is also going to let us give away some new Z77 boards as well. We'll have more details on the giveaway closer to the Ivy Bridge launch.

Make the questions good and I look forward to answering them on camera.



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  • tkafafi - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - link

    I'm wondering why there are usb2 present in ASUS motherboards at all?

    I would have expected usb3 ports to replace them once native intel chipset support is available since that would eliminate the extra cost of an external usb3 controller.

    A. Is this just a transition phase, or are there still going to be usb2 host ports 3 years from now in new designs?

    B. Is there any advantage of usb2 over usb3 ? Maybe there are concerns usb3 host ports will not interoperate as well as usb2 host ports with legacy usb2/1 peripherals ?!

  • 1c3b0x - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - link

    I realize that Ivy Bridge should run cooler than Sandy Bridge, but in general aftermarket HSF solutions are getting larger and larger. 120mm fans are much quieter than smaller fans. Also modern memory sticks used for any kind of high end or OC system come standard with heatsinks, some of which are quite tall.

    When reading reviews of HSFs a majority of complaints are that the HSF extends over one of the Memory slots and prevents the use of that slot with any memory stick with a heatsink. I can only imagine that in the future this will be more a of problem and not less.

    Does ASUS (or for that matter Intel with their sample motherboard designs) have any plans to remedy this proximity situation. I realize that motherboard real estate is a premium and that at high frequencies even the smallest distances can create timing issues, but I don't believe that an additional half inch or so between CPU and Memory would hurt. And it would definitely make many if not most OCers very happy.

    And it might even encourage Intel to bundle real HSF solutions with their K series CPUs! ha!
  • MeanBruce - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - link

    This is an email I sent an enthusiast friend of mine after viewing the PCperspective ASUS video:

    In the video @00:45:45, JJ says "We will definitely also have another sku that will be coming to the market a little bit after that for both the channel side and the ROG side that will have native (on-board) thunderbolt connectivity."

    I think JJ means a super P8 board and a super ROG board, hoping the Maximus 5 Extreme, I watched the salients about 10 times, thanks for the link, the wait for the M5E will be hard if its more than a quarter, maybe Anand can dig deeper and get more out of the Asus rep, let's hope!
  • jah1subs - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - link

    IB has new IGP versions 2500, 4000.

    Are there graphics perfomance differences when pairing an IGP 2500 CPU with Z77, H77, Z68 or H67 chipsets?

    Also, please answer the same question for IGP 4000 paired with Z77, H77, Z68 or H67.
  • jah1subs - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - link

    What improvements are there in SRT between Z77, H77 vs Z68 chipsets?

    How does that translate to improved user experience?
  • pegounet - Sunday, April 22, 2012 - link

    It seems so: Have a look to:
    "ASUS P8C WS C216, Ivy Bridge, PCIe G3, USB3.0 / SATA 6G server motherboard "
  • NeBlackCat - Monday, April 23, 2012 - link

    IVB is the ideal HTPC platform, but it's about time that someone produced a digital amplifier card so that no separate receiver/amplifier/sound system is required - just wire the 5.1 or 7.1 speakers direct to the back of the HTPC.

    AMD did this a while ago with their Maui initiative (see but iirc only MSI ever produced a board - the MSI Diva, which was supplied with digital amplifier cards using D2Audio ICs.

    Will Asus please consider doing something similar? I just want one box under my TVs around the house. I'd bite their arms off for an IVB board that came with a similar card, or a standard PCIe sound card with built-in digital amplifier (thereby being suitable for any system).
  • johan851 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    I'm not trying to troll or anything, but I have a lot of trouble justifying the purchase of an Asus board, no matter how fancy, after reading this report:

    I've been a big Asus fan in the past - they've made some great boards - but if that's how they support their customers I'm not buying.
  • o1die2 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Will asus offer any B75 chipset boards by the time ivy bridge gets to the venders such as newegg? Reply
  • kungfuach0 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - link

    Wishin' and a hopin' Reply

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