Intel’s Tick Tock strategy is back at work. For those not familiar with Tick Tock, Intel initiated a development plan that generates a Tick; The development of a new silicon while increasing transistor density every other year and a Tock; Engineering new micro-architecture on the flip side. The two alternate every other year so Sandy Bridge brought the Tock and the soon to be released Ivy Bridge, keeps the clock ticking.
Speculation about the delay of Ivy Bridge continues throughout the industry but most believe due to the stale desktop market sector and Intel still holding the performance crown over AMD’s Bulldozer, the business decision makes a lot of sense keeping Intel’s partners somewhat happy with overstock levels. This slight flutter aside, it gives motherboard manufacturers breathing room to release the much anticipated Z77 chipset prior to Ivy Bridge.
These new Z77 motherboards support both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors which is a sigh of relief. Intel traditionally changes sockets with new processors, but Ivy Bridge is also compatible with Z68 Gen. 3 motherboards with a simple BIOS flash. However, the Z77 chipset has some new changes in store.
MSI as of late has been very proactive with manufacturing motherboards with great looks, quality and many innovative features unlike yesteryear. To sum it up, they have become a fan favorite throughout the industry so let’s get their newest release, the MSI Z77-GD65 motherboard to the lab and see what changes the Z77 chipset delivers for the upcoming generation Ivy Bridge processors.
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