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Old December 12, 2012, 04:49 PM
jibz jibz is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
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Default Z77 and 2600k features.

Hey HWC,

I'm moving to a z77 maximus 5 extreme in my upcoming revision of my rig and taking advantage of trim passed in raid 0 and having alot of fun with asus' flagship board. But I'm still unsure about what processor to use. What features exactly would I be missing out on by stick with a 2nd gen i7 over selling it and going with a 3rd gen i7?

From my understanding I don't get PCI-E 3.0 which doesn't impact my build and I'm stuck with my disappointing 2nd gen memory controller.

Importantly I want to verify that the trim in raid will work using a 2nd generation i7 as long as the chipset is z77 and I have the latest chipset drivers installed on the OS.

My 2600k is near and dear to me as I have benched it at 5.3ghz(5c coolant) and I consider it a 'golden' chip. The downside is the memory controller really doesn't like going above 1600 c9.

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