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Intel BOXDQ77KB LGA 1155 Intel Q77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Q77
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Brian R.
  • 3/25/2014 10:59:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board for SFF HTPC

Pros: This board has been running 24x7 in my system with an Intel i5-3475S CPU for several months. No problems. Great little board for a SFF HTPC.

I'm running Windows 7 Pro x64 with Windows Media Center, and I didn't see a need to update the BIOS. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... especially with BIOS. If a new version of BIOS actually fixes a problem that you are experiencing, then this is the ONLY reason to update BIOS. Otherwise, leave it alone. Same goes for drivers... especially for an HTPC.

My system has a 4TB HDD, a 120GB mSATA SSD, a slim slot-load BD/DVD-RW combo drive, and 8GB of RAM, which is plenty for a dedicated HTPC. With all software installed and running, the system idles at 25 watts! Prior to installing the software (antivirus, Media Center plugins, etc), it idled at 18 watts. Without the software, HDD and ODD, it idled at 11 watts.

I have no need for the extra Ethernet port, and have never tried to use it.

This isn't mentioned in the specs nor the manual, but the analog audio output jack doubles as a mini-TOSLINK (optical audio) jack. Very nice.

Cons: It's frequently out of stock on NewEgg. I had to buy it at an auction site.

Other Thoughts: I installed this in a Morex 887 case. It's perfect for my needs, but unfortunately this case isn't carried by NewEgg. I had to buy it from a small online retailer in California. That retailer only lists the case as a barebone (with motherboard, PSU, etc). I contacted them to buy the case by itself, and they were happy to sell it to me.

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  • Wayne S.
  • 9/10/2013 7:05:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEthernet Fixed!

Pros: Several other reviews outline the excellent pros.
The biggest pro for me: This was the only mini-ITX with dual ethernet at the time I purchased. Makes a great shorewall router.

Cons: The second ethernet - 82579LM - on linux hangs except for the latest BIOS (52). UEFI bios for linux can be tricky. You have to install to /EFI/BOOT and then the bios will recognize a bootable disk..

Newegg no longer stocks this board, but should now that the issues have been fixed.

Other Thoughts: This is an Update of my previous reviews, Intel has finally fixed the ethernet with bios 52. The 82579LM ethernet in linux will hang on all but the latest bios.

The bios updater also works on later version of the bios. Be careful if you have to use the recovery mode (removing the internal jumper) or you can brick the board. Allow at least 10 minutes once you start the bios update via recovery mode, even if you don't think the board is doing anything.

Running Arch Linux with shorewall as a router.

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  • Brian R.
  • 7/30/2013 4:09:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice - but buy 90 degree SATA cables separately

Pros: +Thin.

+mSATA.

+USB 3.0 on the rear panel - for those of you who want to use a fast external drive.

+SATA 6Gb/s - for those of you who want to use a fast internal drive.

+mini Toslink output from the analog stereo audio output on the back panel. This is mentioned nowhere in the manual or the tech specs located on Intel's website.

+Includes both I/O shields.

+Includes SATA power cable, and two SATA data cables (see more in Cons about the lack of a 90 degree connector on the data cables).

+HTPC (Custom Solutions) header with HDMI-CEC support for the Pulse-Eight HDMI-CEC adapter (they are the ONLY company who makes a CEC adapter for this motherboard).

+Amazingly fast boot time. BIOS takes almost no time at all to do its thing before the O/S starts to load. My total time from pushing the power button until Win7 is ready to roll (using an mSATA SSD) is less than 15 seconds! My last HTPC takes longer than that just to go through the BIOS (with the "fast boot" option turned ON).

+Internal RS-232 serial header for those of us who want to use "LEDs Driver" (free from Slick Solutions) to drive (up to) three LED's to indicate recording status, etc.

+The "Custom Solutions Header" (aka HTPC header) also has a recording LED output, and Intel provides software to drive it. But, I like LEDs Driver (see Pro above) because I like to use three LED's to indicate several different things.

+CPU/system fan control works really well. This makes for a nice quiet system.

+Installation of Windows 7 was a breeze. The included motherboard drivers CD was the easiest motherboard driver software install I've ever done. There is a very nice automated installation program that does everything for you. Just beware that, by default, it also installs some bloatware. So you have to un-check the apps that you do not want installed.

+Booted from a USB flash drive with no problem. I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about. Maybe I got a newer BIOS than he/she did?

Cons: -The included SATA data cables do not have a 90 degree connector at one end. When installing in a "thin" case, this is a necessity. Intel should include them with their "thin" mini-ITX boards.

-No Consumer IR (CIR) header, like the DH61AG motherboard.

-No 7.1 analog audio outputs like the DH61AG motherboard (not that I would ever use them anyway).

Other Thoughts: Newegg, if you're reading... please contact Morex and start carrying the Morex 887 thin mini-ITX case (just Google it). I'm sure that you can sell it at a better price than I got from the guy at the other retailer, and your shipping will be faster and cheaper too. I love Newegg!

I originally purchased the Silverstone PT12B case from Newegg, but then I found the Morex 887 case, which can be purchased elsewhere as a barebone system. I contacted the other retailer directly, and he was willing to sell me the case by itself. The Morex 887 is a MUCH nicer case, so I RMA'd the Silverstone case. I would like to see Newegg start carrying the Morex 887. I'm sure many HTPC builders would agree that it's the best thin mini-ITX HTPC case for the money. The Morex case has room for a slim optical drive and one 3.5" HDD (or two 3.5" HDD's if you don't want an optical drive), plus it has a built-in case cooling solution that works very well.

Regarding the lack of the CIR header and the 7.1 analog audio header on the DQ77KB motherboard:

The Morex case has a CIR sensor at the front that plugs right into the DH61AG motherboard (according to the retailer, the CIR sensor, when plugged into the DH61AG motherboard, works with Windows Media Center). The Morex case also has 7.1 analog audio jacks at the back which plug directly into the DH61AG. I have no need for these, but some people might find them handy. It also comes with a Media Center remote with a green button... it looks exactly like the remote that comes with the Linksys DMA-2100 extender.

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  • Johannes S.
  • 6/24/2013 8:59:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood board for ubuntu 12.04

Pros: Everything seems to work great out of the box:
* BIOS allows control of processor speed step
* Both NICs work out of the box in Ubuntu 12.04 (we've seen no issues similar to what another reviewer complained about)
* low profile ram configuration is great for fitting into a small case
* mini PCI slot works, has panel cut out to run cables out of.

Cons: Mostly minor issues:
* would be nice to get a full length x16 PCI slot on the board.
* SATA connectors are surprisingly hard to get cables out of (good or bad depending on if you need to swap cables or not)
* mini-PCI panel cutout has very sharp edges, cuts into cables

Other Thoughts: We've ordered 15 of these boards, so far no RMAs!

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  • David J.
  • 6/18/2013 6:59:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: 2x GB NICs
small form factor
DC power connector

Cons: Price is a little high for what I am using it for.
the DC power connector (I should have researched more before purchasing)

Other Thoughts: Using this board with a G630T (35W) in a Habey case as a pfSense firewall. I absolutely love this setup. Only complaint was with myself and my lack of research on the power connector. I got luck and had a Dell power brick from a docking station that worked perfectly. Anyone having issues with this board and the Intel NICs on Linux, this is a known bug with an easy fix, search for "e1000e source code" and you will find it, after which the board works flawlessly.

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  • Yiheng N.
  • 6/17/2013 4:23:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for pfsense

Pros: I'm using this for a IDS/Firewall/router pfsense box. I really like the low profile board, fits into just about any case.

Cons: Not sure why they have an internel 2-pin atx power connector since there are no power suppy out there for it.

I'm using a 160 watt ac/dc (laptop) power supply for it.

Other Thoughts: Pfsense with 16gb of ram + Intel i3-2100 = overkill

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  • Dave C.
  • 5/30/2013 7:38:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFollow-up from Feb

Pros: form factor, low power use and great feature set for home use

Cons: None, yet

Other Thoughts: I now use 2 of the boards couple with 3225 proc at home and have now built 3 more similar rigs for neighbors. All love the smaller size and lower power usage. Will probably be doing more before yearend

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  • Wayne S.
  • 4/16/2013 6:45:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLinux users beware

Pros: low power, low profile, and looks really cool in a Lian Li PC-Q05B with custom heatsink.
This is an update to a previous review. Bios update latest is 51, and will flash from 49 using recovery mode.
Supposedly two ethernet ports, but see next, they don't work in Linux.

Cons: The ethernet chipsets are a disaster for Linux. Note several other MB's have same 82579LM and 82574L Intel chips. The ethernet EEPROM data needs to be fixed, or can hang the system for up to two minutes. Both my ethernet ports have the same mac address, a real pain to deal with. Have no fix for 82579LM yet.

Other Thoughts: UEFI booting is also a pain as the bios will not recognize a disk as bootable unless you put a loader in the boot partition at /EFI/boot/. Once a bootloader is there, it will then recognize NVRAM boot entries. In linux I tried efibootmgr and also ran shellx64 bcfg command to set the boot config, but only when a loader was put in /EFI/boot/ did the bios recognize the disk as bootable, then it would honor the actual NVRAM settings. Bios is still evolving.

The ethernet hangs make this MB useless for Linux unless there is a fix down the road to the ethernet chip or work around. Also random dropped packets. The Intel support forums response is "Intel motherboards do not support Linux."

If you want to run Linux on this board, it is not well supported and will be problematic. Just search "e1000e Linux detect hardware unit hang". Caution on other MB's that use this chipset like the Supermicro X8SIL-F.

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  • Wayne S.
  • 3/5/2013 6:01:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbios update madness

Pros: Lian Li PC-Q05B compatible for small size, but needs custom heat sink.
Dual ethernet. Compatible with many HP laptop PSUs which one can get from "auction site" for cheap.

Cons: Bios Update is full of problems. You can brick the device if not done properly. You have to downgrade the bios to the first version before you can upgrade to the latest, otherwise you get: DQ77KB - Bios update fails - error: FwUpdateFullBuffer. Seems the bios versions past he first, 38, does not leave enough room to properly update later bios versions > 14m. And you can only reliably update the bios using the "bios recovery mode", no F7 or IFLASH2 bootable media. Definitely search the Intel community for FwUpdateFullBuffer discussions to get the right procedure.

Other Thoughts: My system includes i3-3225 cpu and CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8G) memory. Neither the processor or the memory have a problem with this MB.

My initial Newegg board arrived but when powered on, did absolutely nothing, no post, only the cpu fan would spin on and off. I highly suspect Newegg probably shipped me a returned bricked MB, which is easy to do. Because I delayed 30 day I had to RMA with Intel. I received a new board from Intel and it was bios version 43. I had to down grade the bios to 38 before I could upgrade to latest version 49, which I require for a Linux UEFI boot capable board. Check the intel forums, only use the bios recovery mode, and disconnect the CMOS battery for 10-15min between updates.

Compatible with many 90W HP laptop PSUs which one can get from "auction" for cheap. Just make sure the connector is 7.4mm outer and 5-5.1mm inner, and the 90W (4.74A) is probably sufficient. The board provides power for sata drives, etc, so if you think you need more, I suggest the HP TouchSmart 310 135W AC Power Adapter.

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  • Dave C.
  • 2/9/2013 9:01:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDQ77KB

Pros: Everything. Thin mini to fit in In-Win K-1. Glad that I DID MY research before planning these builds. Did 3 identical for wife, workmate and a neighbor. All identical with i3-3225, 16gb Gskill 1600 RAM and Samsung 830 SSD with 180 watt bricks for power and Intel Wi-Fi 6225 cards

Cons: None except for the negatives from people who don't research

Other Thoughts: Never have had issues with Intel boards. Have tried Giga, ASUS and ASRock-they are okay, but Intel last.

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