Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Intel LGA 1155

Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Intel LGA 1155

Intel Z77 Express Chipset »

Introduction


It has been several months now since the launch of Intel's Z77 Express desktop platform, yet, in a big way, not all touted features of the platform are readily available. We've seen many CPU-on-board products emerge over the Spring/Summer timeframe, as well as many new VGAs that support Intel's new PCIe 3.0 support and extra device support. Yet, at the chipset level, one big hole remains and that's Thunderbolt support.

Apple products have long supported Thunderbolt with, under others, many external devices, but the Windows-OS platform has missed this new feature and that's about to change. There are a few different Thunderbolt controllers out there that board makers can use and, over the coming months, I'll be covering many different solutions – the first in my hands is the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 10+2 Phase
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000+
BIOS:Dual AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
1 x PCI slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
1 x mSATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA port 5 disabled when in use)
1 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvel 88SE9172)
1 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvel 88SE9172)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel GbE LAN
PORTS:1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x HDMI port
2 x Thunderbolt ports
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
5 x audio jacks
AUDIO:Realtek ALC898 HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 240 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • 3D Power
  • 3D BIOS
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi card
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Ultra Durable 5
  • Q-Share
  • eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  • EZ Setup
  • Xpress Recovery2
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