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Old June 1, 2012, 09:58 PM
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The overclocking performance of Intel HD Graphics 4000 is increased by 4~21%, which is determined by the characteristics of 3D software.
Compared with the last-generation HD Graphics 3000, the 3D performance is increased by over 60%, which is rather better.
Moreover, it catches up with the CPU of the highest 3D display performance currently, namely Radeon HD6550D of AMD A8-3850
Given that it started to improve the built-in GPU technology of CPU last year, and provided competitive 3D performance, sometimes it is even better than the basic-level VGA.
Certainly, the built-in GPU is difficult to work with middle and high-level 3D software, but the 3D performance keeps increase with each new generation platform.
In the future, the built-in CPU will be applied more widely, so it is a piece of good news to the consumers.

Temperature performance (Ambient temperature is 28 Celsius)
When system standby - 34~41

Running LinX, CPU at full speed - 74~84

Given the same frequency, the temperature of Ivy Bridge is higher than that of Sandy Bridge, which is a defect for this new platform.
The temperature performance of 3770K in 4.8GHz is similar to that of 2700K overclocking to 5GHz,
and the performance of these two CPUs at this frequency is almost the same too.
As the temperature is higher than the old platform, the CPU radiator will be one of the important factors in Ivy Bridge overclocking.

Power consumption test
When system standby - 67W

Running LinX, CPU at full speed - 175W

Compare the 103W / 239W of 2700K overclocking to 5GHz with 67W / 175W of 3770K overclocking to 4.8GHz.
With the C1E Power-Saving Function turned off, 3770K is 36W lower at system standby and 64W lower at full speed.
Intel adopts the latest 22nm processing in 3770K, it consumers less power than the last-generation Sandy Bridge when overclocking.

With the advanced radiator of CORSAIR Hydro Series H100, authenticate CPU-Z of5.1GHz / DDR3 2666 with voltage increased.

It can be seen currently that the Ivy Bridge with 4C8T running at full speed will get higher CPU temperature than before.
If using the top-level air cooler or water cooler together with the 3770K of good property, it is personally estimated that the frequency that can pass all software test is around 4.8~4.9GHz.
However, 3770K doesn’t have the limitation of 50 times for frequency multiplication like before, and the CPU can reach high frequency when it is not at full speed.
For the extreme-overclocking users, it is easier for 3770K to reach high frequency than 2700K.
For this part, it has both advantages and weaknesses. For most platforms, the maximum stable frequency reached by common radiation environment is very important.

1. The price is a little higher than the basic-level Z77, but the specification and material is similar to the middle-level Z77.
2. Japanese solid capacitor, built-in POWER/RESET buttons and simple debug LED.
3. Use UEFI interface with fast startup speed, rich options and large range of voltage, as well as excellent overclocking ability.
4. Provide two conventional PCIs, which is quite useful to the users with the related demands.
5. Built-in GPU has four types of export interfaces, MB power supply has 13 phases in total.

1. BIOSTAR has no distribution channel in Taiwan currently.
2. It is suggested using the advanced network card of Atheros or Intel.

Performance ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 86/100
Material ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 82/100
Specification ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 82/100
Appearance ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 77/100
Cost/Performance ratio ★★★★★★★★★☆ 86/100

Ivy Bridge’s structure firstly adopts the 3D transistor technology, so the temperature performance is not as good as that of the last generation.
Moreover, the CPU, 3D performance of built-in GPU, maximum frequency of DDR3 and power consumption all show improved performance to some extent.
Support native USB 3.0.Virtu Universal MVP, Intel Smart Connect / Rapid Start and other new technology specification.
The price of Z77 under many MS manufacturers is not much higher than the base price of the last-generation Z68, lending a more competitive price.

BIOSTAR TSERIES TZ77XE4 is sold at US$150(NT$4380) in U.S. market.
It is just US$ 10~20 higher than the basic-level Z177 of the common ATX size.
TZ77XE4, with its material, design and overclocking performance, gains quite good C/T performance.
TZ77XE3 is sold at US$120 in U.S. market. In spite of the price of the basic-level Z77, its material and specification are the middle-level Z77.
Besides pursuing overclocking performance, BIOSTAR often gets favorable balance in C/P value.
If there will be the more advanced Z77 version that enhances the network card or audio card, it should be the better Z77 option for the users :)

Windwithme will share the performance of Intel Core i5-3450 or 3570K later.
The newest iPad hasn’t been sold in Taiwan till now, so the author asked a friend in Singapore to buy one for me.
The author will share about the comparison between iPad 1 and iPad 3 in the future :)

This review is also in my blog WIND3C, Any comments are welcome.
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