Wibtek first to show off alleged Z77 motherboard

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Intel's partners aren't meant to be showing off any 7-series motherboards for a few days yet, but Chinese Wibtek apparently doesn't care much for Intel's restrictions and has shown off its first Z77 based motherboard. For something from a smaller Chinese motherboard maker it's actually not a half bad board, but it's not up there with the Taiwanese board makers in some areas.

Intel's partners aren't meant to be showing off any 7-series motherboards for a few days yet, but Chinese Wibtek apparently doesn't care much for Intel's restrictions and has shown off its first Z77 based motherboard. For something from a smaller Chinese motherboard maker it's actually not a half bad board, but it's not up there with the Taiwanese board makers in some areas.

The pictures got posted on Expreview and they're not exactly high-resolution, but plenty of details can be seen nonetheless. The board is called the Hacker Z77 and apparently Wibtek has jumped on-board the whole gun heatsink theme, albeit in a little bit more discrete way. The heatsink is meant to be of a “desert eagle” design, although it looks more like some ray gun from a Sci-Fi movie to us. Heatsink design apart, Wibtek has gone for a black on dark brown PCB in terms of slot and PCB colours and everything looks quite well polished.

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The board has 16 power phases for the CPU, although the CPU socket area is quite crowded due in part to the large heatsink. The slot configuration consists of a pair of x16 slots where the second slot operates in x8 mode, a pair of x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. There's also a half-size mini PCI Express slot located at the rear of the board which will accept a Wi-Fi card or similar. There are no less than 10 SATA ports in total, six of them SATA 6Gbps (four via two Marvell controllers) and four are thus SATA 3Gbps.

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Around the back of the board we find six USB 3.0 ports of which four should be native ports to the Z77 chipset, a FireWire port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, an HDMI, DVI and D-sub connector and something else that we didn't manage to identify above the first pair of USB 3.0 ports. The additional USB 3.0 ports appear to be courtesy of a VLI host controller and there are pin headers for what appears to be four front USB 3.0 ports as well as four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port. The board also has power, reset and clear CMOS button located at the front.

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There are markings on the board suggesting SLI and CoressFireX support and with the right CPU the board should support PCI Express 3.0. We should be seeing more 7-series motherboards at CES next week and hopefully we'll see something a bit more exciting than the Hacker 77, even though on a whole it's not a terrible board. Hit up the source for a few additional pictures.

Source: Expreview

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