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Old 04-09-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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z77 or z78?

ive started planning my ivy bridge upgrade but information on z78 chipsets seems scarce unless im not looking at the right places. ive pretty much decided on the msi z77-g55, but then i seen something about z78, anyone know what the difference is? thanks
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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Was discussing this yesterday, if I am recalling right the z78 only works for 1555-E, but z77 will work with all 1155, and both should be forward compatible to IB,

but i admit my knowledge is very limited at this point, Im probably going to upgrade this summer or fall, so I haven't really started my research yet. take what I say with a grain of salt
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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This is the first I have heard of Z78 and I have been researching since December waiting for IB to come out. But the general consensus is that if there is a IB-E chip it would be 2011 Socket on X79 at least that's the rumor.
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I've seen mention of a Z78 but no details on it. I assume this is going to be a socket 2011 chipset.
Old 04-10-2012, 07:18 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by hostage67 View Post
I've seen mention of a Z78 but no details on it. I assume this is going to be a socket 2011 chipset.
Never heard of the Z78 before but I doubt it'll be a 2011 chipset as this is reserved for the flagship chipset which from Intel's recent history are prefixed 'X', eg: X48, X58, X79 etc.

IB-E will use socket 2011 and will be compatible with the X79 chipset.

So far I've found nothing to indicate that Intel are launching a newer 'X' chipset any time soon though I would love for them to replace the X79 in which case I would be going IB-E X88 2011 (for example) and not IB Z77 1155.

The more I think about it the more I am tempted to now stick with my 920 @ 4.2GHz and wait to see what Intel do with the IB-E's.
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