Intel 7-Series Ivy Bridge Ready Chipset Family Reaches OEMs

April 11, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The endless wait for the power of the upcoming Ivy Bridge chip from Intel has reached closer to an endpoint with the chipzilla introducing its 7 series mainstream chipset family to market.

Intel says the 7 series chipset family is now available and shipping with major OEM companies who manufacture smartphones and desktop systems all over the world. Intel has also added new 7-series motherboards to its mobo line.

The chipsets in this family are presently being used with the second generation Core processors. However, the chipsets in the 7 series are actually aimed to sync with the upcoming Ivy Bridge chips.

Claims made by Intel point to the fact that the members of the 7 series chipset family- Z77 Express and Z75 Express will present optimal performance when coupled with Ivy Bridge chips.

These consumer level chips offer support to 4 USB 3.0 ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports and 8 PCIe 2.0 ports. Both Z77 Express and Z75 Express support 10/100/1000 Ethernet, SATA speeds up to 6Gbps, and eSATA up to 3Gbps. Moreover, both of them offer support to RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 and allows overclocking with unlocked Ivy Bridge chips.

Both the chipsets in the 7 series family differ in nothing except Z77 Express’s ability to support Intel’s Smart Response Technology. So systems with Z77 Express can make an SSD to act as a cache for a systems hard drive.

Intel has made the new chipset family clean and green with lead-free and halogen-free components and manufacturing process. Now let’s wait for the Ivy Bridge chips.

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