Ahhh Z77 board has arrived! And I don’t have Ivy Bridge processor yet. 🙂
The usual MSI styling – blue and black.
Notable changing in heatsink design. It’s rather bulky, and I find it’s could be an issue with large heatsinks. I even had to remove one of the screws for my casing fan (it was long) as the screw itself was hindering the placement of the motherboard.
The heatsink was well placed though, ample space around the CPU 12V socket.
Forward facing SATA slots. Love the heatsink there.
They were kind enough to attach a note. 🙂
4 DIMM and the ATX power connector.
3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot, the first 2 were well spaced but the last one is as always (typical of almost any other motherboard manufacturer) at the most bottom, blocking the usability of any other of the connection there. Good thing most people don’t actually use them.
6 USB ports, 3 choice of video output and a CMOS reset button. Nice!
More details at the Official Product Page
It’s a solid board, I must say the heatsink feels solid but I don’t have a gun to test out whether this Military Grade III component is bullet proof.
I managed to overclock my Core i5 2500K to 4.4Ghz, a speed I never manage to attain with my P67A-GD55. 🙂 The UEFI was interesting but being a BIOS guy, I really prefer everything in that good old form but nevertheless it’s a nice looking UEFI.
The only hitch I encountered was when I connected a discreet graphic card to the system. Despite how I set the BIOS to initiate the PCI-E card first, it still initiated the IGD. After browsing the UEFI settings for a bit, I found the PCI-E 3.0 option being disabled by default. Ahhhh and with that, the matter is solved.
Just remember to check that portion if you ever get this board and have problem initiating the card. I’ve tested resetting the CMOS, fortunately the setting doesn’t go back to disabled.
It’s a solid board, I must say the heatsink feels solid but I don’t have a gun to test out whether this Military Grade III component is bullet proof. That aside, I just wish that there’s a board speaker or POST LED indicator. It feels good (and more convenient) to hear the BEEP confirming POST.
The board is priced at about RM 480 with Intel Ivy Bridge support and PCI-E 3.0.