Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Intel LGA 1155

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Intel LGA 1155

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Introduction


There is little doubt in my mind that Gigabyte has been making a big splash in the industry as of late and another box, ready to surprise me yet again, showed up on my doorstep just when I thought they were done. I've covered many Gigabyte products recently, ranging from the entry-level B75M-D3H to the X79S-UP5 WiFi, a workstation-oriented storage behemoth carrying 14 SATA ports; both show that Gigabyte has really focused their design philosophies. Their changes seem to be making an impact on the market as well, with news showing that they've been eating into the market share of other OEMs.

I have to be honest. This board landed on my doorstep many months ago. It sat on a shelf next to my desk, stoically waiting for its turn on my test bench. Not only that, the shipping box it came in held two boards, not one, and you will see the other board on these pages shortly. The Gigabyte team managed to secure a couple of HWBOT records by using yet another product I covered since the Z77-UP7 package arrived; you can find my other review here. So what about this one, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7?

If you take a look at any local retailer right now, you should find that Gigabyte's products, motherboards and VGAs alike, are all priced quite competitively and that each of their segments offers a little bit more than some other offerings by other OEMs. Gigabyte's success is, in a large way, simply due to this facet alone, but not everything they do is value-oriented. The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is Gigabyte's ultimate multi-GPU overclocking board. It is over-built in every way, and it includes a 32-phase CPU VRM design with a triple-phase memory VRM. A PLX PEX8747 PCIe 3.0 bridge chip also adds support for up to four discrete GPUs, and whether you prefer the Red or Green Team doesn't matter. It is ready for whatever beating you want to give it.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 32+3+2 Phases (CPU+iGPU+VTT)
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 3 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2400+
BIOS:Dual AMI EFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x0/x16/x0/x0/x0 or x16/x0/x0/x16/x0 or x8/x0/x8/x8/x8)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvell)
4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
NETWORKING:Intel GbE LAN
Atheros GbE LAN
PORTS:4 x USB 2.0 ports (at front panel)
10 x USB 3.0 ports (6 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
1 x Optical Digital Audio port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard.Mouse Port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x VGA Port
1 x DVI Port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC898 HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:7 (5x 4-pin PWM, 2x 3-pin)
FORM FACTOR:E-ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 264 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • 3D Power
  • Ultra Durable 5
  • OC Touch
  • @[USER=2828]bios[/USER]
  • EasyTune
  • Auto Green
  • Smart Recovery 2
  • Q-Share
  • Q-Flash
  • Xpress Install
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • 3TB+ Unlock
  • 333 Onboard Acceleration
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