1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Intel Preview: Z77 Motherboards Run Well With Linux

Michael Larabel

Published on 15 April 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 2 - 18 Comments

Intel introduced their new Z77 "Panther Point" chipset earlier this month in advance of the Ivy Bridge processor launch. Questions have begun to pour in how the line-up of Z77 motherboards are working under Linux. Are there any Linux compatibility problems? Here is my brief statement on the matter for now after having already used two Z77 motherboards for a while under Linux.

The new 7-Series "Panther Point" chipsets succeed the 6-Series "Cougar Point" that was introduced with Sandy Bridge last year. Sandy Bridge CPUs are compatible with the 7-Series chipset and Ivy Bridge processors can be used on the older 6-Series motherboards. Panther Point is an evolution of Cougar Point while introducing PCI Express 3.0 support (first introduced on the X79 motherboards), support for Thunderbolt (when the motherboard integrates a proper controller), and USB 3.0 is now integrated into the chipset.

The chipset has also been bumped to handle DDR3 system memory up to 1600MHz speeds natively with an appropriate processor. Additionally, the Z77 motherboards can handle up to three independent displays when used with an Ivy Bridge processor, which is a feature already implemented under Linux. The Z77 chipset can provide up to 14 USB 3.0 ports, Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel ME 8.x Firmware and BIOS support, Intel HD audio, eight PCI Express 2.0, and six Serial ATA ports with various Intel technologies (Rapid Storage, Smart Response, Rapid Start, Smart Connect, and Extreme Tuning). The max TDP for this chipset is 6.7 Watts.


The Intel DZ77GA-70K and ECS Z77H2-A2X have been running fine so far with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86_64.

Proper Linux benchmarks of the first-run Z77 motherboards are forthcoming on Phoronix, but this article is just to report on the initial Linux compatibility support state, since reader questions have been quickly coming up. Simply put, the Z77 motherboards should work fine with either Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge CPUs. The Z77 motherboards I have been running so far this month have been the Intel DZ77GA-70K and ECS Golden Board Z77H2-A2X.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Intel Xeon E5-1680 v3 & E5-2687W v3 Compared To The Core i7 5960X On Linux
  2. Intel 120GB 530 Series SSD Linux Performance
  3. Btrfs/EXT4/XFS/F2FS RAID 0/1/5/6/10 Linux Benchmarks On Four SSDs
  4. AMD's Windows Catalyst Driver Remains Largely Faster Than Linux Drivers
Latest Linux Articles
  1. NVIDIA vs. Nouveau Drivers With Linux 3.18 + Mesa 10.4-devel
  2. Is The Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Fast Enough For Steam On Linux Gaming?
  3. Linux 3.18 File-System Performance Minimally Changed But Possible Regressions
  4. AMD Radeon Gallium3D Is Catching Up & Sometimes Beating Catalyst On Linux
Latest Linux News
  1. V2 Of KDBUS Published For Linux Kernel Review
  2. VirtualBox 4.3.20 Arrives, Still No Sign Of VirtualBox 4.4
  3. Scientific Linux 6.6 vs. Scientific Linux 7.0 Benchmarks
  4. Qualcomm Looks To Get Into The ARM Server Business
  5. HHVM 3.4 Adds New Features, Support
  6. More Radeon Driver Changes Queued For Linux 3.19
  7. Unigine 2.0 Alpha 2 Adds C# Support
  8. FFmpeg Is Returning To Ubuntu With 15.04 Release
  9. Linux Version Of Civilization: Beyond Earth Still Coming Along
  10. Yahoo To Become Default Search Provider For Firefox
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Roadmap to Catalyst 14.10 ?
  2. Debian Init System Coupling Vote Results
  3. The Slides Announcing The New "AMDGPU" Kernel Driver
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. Debian Developer Resigns From The Systemd Maintainership Team
  6. Ubuntu Developers Still Thinking What To Do About Adobe Flash Support
  7. How to get rid of Linux
  8. how to configure module phoromatic ?