EVGA Z77 FTW Intel Z77 Motherboard Review


EVGA Z77 FTW Mainboard

EVGA Z77 FTW 151-IB-E699-KR Motherboard Layout

In the grand scale of things, EVGA has actually been around for a relatively short time compared to some of the other major players in the PC market. That by no means, is an indication of EVGA’s success. This year they are celebrating their 13th anniversary, founded 13 years ago today to be more exact. According to EVGA, they have built their reputation “Based on the philosophy of Intelligent innovation, market knowledge, and the real time operation, EVGA continues to identify the need in the market place and providing the solution to that need. By offering product differentiation, 24/7 tech support, a 90 day Step-Up program, and other customer focused programs, EVGA is a clear leader in all categories!” Personally I have purchased several EVGA products for personal use in recent years and they have never let me down, my first experience with EVGA was with the EVGA X58 Tri SLI motherboard that I still have floating around here. It may no longer be in use, but I have no doubt that I could fire it up without and issue.

Since the days of my dated EVGA X58 Tri SLI motherboard, there have been some very significant improvements in the chipset, processors, and the integrated peripherals. For starters, the EVGA Z77 FTW is built around the Intel Z77 chipset using the Intel LGA1155 (H2) socket. The Intel Z77 chipset is meant to be used with the latest 3rd generation 22nm ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor from Intel. Not to worry though, it will still happily support the 2nd generation ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors if you are looking to upgrade in pieces from a Sandy Bridge system.

The video above is from EVGA and covers the unboxing and some of the features of the EVGA Z77 FTW Intel Z77 motherboard. It’s a short video only ~5 minutes so they don’t have a lot of time to go into great detail, but it is a good general overview of the Z77 FTW. As we go through our tour of EVGA’s entrance into the Z77 race we will take a closer look at some of the key components.

The EVGA Z77 FTW has a very comprehensive list of key features, only a couple of them were mentioned in the above video. The few mentioned include the triple BIOS Support, 4-way SLI support, and 300% more gold inside the LGA1155 CPU socket. That barely scratches the surface though. Check out the bullet lists below of the key features and specifications and then join us on the next page where we will take a look at the retail package and bundle of the EVGA Z77 FTW (151-IB-E699-KR)!

  • 300% more gold content in the CPU socket
  • 4-Way SLI Support
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • SATA 6G Support
  • Supports Intel Core i5 and i7 Socket 1155 Processors
  • 8 Channel High Definition Audio
  • 100% Solid State Capacitors
  • EVGA Vdroop Control
  • EVGA Dummy OC
  • EVGA E-LEET Tuning Support
  • EVGA EZ Voltage read points
  • Onboard Clear CMOS, Power and Reset Buttons
  • Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor
  • Triple BIOS Support
  • PCI Express 3.0 Support

EVGA Z77 FTW (For The Win) 151-IB-E699-KR Intel Z77 Spceifications

  • Performance
    • Based on Intel Z77 chipset
    • Supports Intel Socket 1155 Processors
    • 100MHz+ BCLK
  • Memory
    • 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
    • Dual Channel DDR3
    • Maximum of 32GB of DDR3 2133MHz+
  • Expansion Slot
    • 5 x PCIe x16/x8
    • 1 x PCIe x1
  • Storage I/O
    • 6 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec (4x Internal + 2x E-SATA) with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, RAID10 and JBOD
    • 4 x Serial ATA 600MB/sec (4 Internal) with support for RAID 0 and RAID1
  • Integrated Peripherals
    • 8 Channel High Definition
    • 2 x 10/100/1000
  • Multi I/O
    • 10 x USB2.0 ports (6 external + 4 internal headers)
    • 6 x USB3.0 ports (4 external + 2 internal headers)
    • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
    • FireWire 1394A (1 external)
  • Form Factor
    • EATX Form Factor
    • Length: 12in – 304.8mm
    • Width: 10.375in – 263.5mm

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