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We continue our Motherboard Memory Lanes series today with a look at the Intel Z87 platform, a launch that coincided with a revised socket design and a brand new Haswell architecture processor lineup. We’ll focus in on the new technologies that the platform included, the motherboards and CPUs that were popular with overclockers at that time on HWBOT and of course, the records scores that were made in this particular era.
Officially launched in June 2013, the Intel Z87 platform continued the big cat codenames that were used with previous Cougar Point and Panther Point platforms. The new Lynx Point platform arrived with similar enterprise and budget offerings that included Intel H81, B85, Q85, Q87, H87 and Z87 PCH parts. As with previous Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge designs, integrated graphics, video outputs and memory controllers were all integrated into the CPU itself. As with Ivy Bridge, Haswell CPUs offered support for up to three displays (digital outputs direct from the CPU, VGA from the PCH itself). In terms of memory, the new platform supported dual channel DDR3 at default speeds of up to 1,600MHz and also supported low power DDR3L. Most enthusiast systems were capable of DDR3-2400 and above straight out of the box.
We return today with our Motherboard Memory Lane series here on HWBOT, this time with our sights clearly set on the Intel Z77 platform and the launch of the Intel Ivy Bridge series processor lineup. Let’s take a look at the new technologies that the platform brought to the world, the motherboards and CPUs that were most popular with overclockers at that time and the records that were broken in this particular era.
The Intel 7-series platform was launched in April of 2012, replacing the 6-series family of chipsets that had arrived almost a year earlier. In terms of platform codenames, Panther Point replaced Cougar Point. In reality however from the perspective of the two PCH chips they were actually pretty similar. Although Panther Point arrived with a new 2nd generation Ivy Bridge Core architecture processor line up, all 7-series boards used the same LGA 1155 socket and supported previous generation Sandy Bridge processors. Likewise, customers looking to try the Ivy Bridge silicon could stick with their old Z68 or even P67 board with just a simple BIOS update.
Today we continue with our Motherboard Memory Lane series, taking a look at older Intel chipsets and processor platforms, the motherboards and processors that were popular and the benchmark records broken in that era. Today we turn our attention to a chipset that could well be described as the strange uncle of the Intel chipset series. The Intel Z68 platform was a slightly unusual platform launch in that it didn't actually coincide with a new processor series launch. Let’s take a look in a little more detail:
The Intel Z68 Express Platform Hub Controller, to give it its full title, was launched on May 11th of 2011, just four months after its predecessor the Intel P67. It used the same LGA 1155 socket and supported the same 2nd Generation Intel Core Sandy Bridge architecture processors. To better understand the Z68 platform, let’s first examine its predecessor, the Intel P67.
If we look again at the Intel P67 and its more affordable alternative, the Intel H67, we can see that the P67 supported CPU overclocking, while the H67 did not. The only other difference is the fact the P67 could also split its PCIe lanes in two 8x lanes for more effective multi-GPU configurations. One area however where the H67 excelled however, was the fact that it also offered support for Intel’s integrated HD Graphics. No P67 motherboards featured video outputs on the back panel, a fact that denied enthusiast customers the option of accessing a GPU that was present on all Sandy Bridge processors. Intel’s logic was that P67 customers that are attracted to the idea of overclocking multi-GPU configurations, would not require integrated graphics.
Today we roll out the eighth edition in our Mother Memory Lane series, this time focusing on the Intel P67 platform. Dubbed the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor platform, the P67 chipset arrived alongside the new and shiny Sandy Bridge architecture CPUs, probably the biggest game change in processor design that Intel had experienced since the arrival of Conroe several years earlier. In terms of Overclocking, the P67 platform saw Intel offer ‘unlocked’ K-SKU processors for the first time, another major shift. Today we’re going to take a look at the P67 platform itself, the most popular motherboards and processors of that particular generation and the record scores that were made around that time.
The Intel P67 chipset was launched on January 2011 and was codenamed Cougar Point. Like its predecessor, the P55 chipset, it was a single chip solution technically referred to as a PCH, or Platform Controller Hub. Cougar Point included several PCH options of which the P67 variant was deemed the ‘Premium’ offering. Other 6-series PCH chips in the Cougar Point family included H61, B65, Q65 and H67. Being the premium PCH offering targeting enthusiasts, the P67 PCH was in fact the only variant that offered full CPU overclocking, provided you also had a K-SKU Core i7 or i5 processor. Indeed this was the first time that overclocking was embraced by Intel as an enthusiast feature, a feature used for the first time in both platform and CPU-level marketing.
Welcome to the ninth episode of our SkatterBencher series. This time we’re taking a look at the Ryzen 7 1700 processor, the most affordable member of the Ryzen 7 series which we first looked at in episode #8 with the Ryzen 7 1800X. The Ryzen 7 1700 retails for around $329 USD, an attractive price for an octa-core processor, especially one which can be overclocked. As always we’re going to show step-by-step how to configure the processor and the system memory to get that extra free performance. Then, we’ll run some benchmarks to see how much the performance has improved compared to stock settings.
As well as the AMD R7 1700 processor, in this guide we will also be using the ROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboard from ASUS and a G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 memory kit. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor is an octa-core chip that uses SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading) to deliver 16 threads. It has a base clock frequency of 3.0GHz which can boost as high as 3.7GHz.Unlike the Ryzen 7 1800X, the 1700 processor does not feature XFR (Extended Frequency Rate).