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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: There's nothing finer than a new chipset to kick the summer off and this year it's the Intel Z77 Express. In this review PCSTATS will put the performance oriented Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, which is built on Intel's shiny new Z77 Express chipset, through its paces with the exceptionally popular 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processor.
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Test System Hardware and Specs

PCSTATS has worked to keep its test hardware static so plenty of comparisons can be made between different chipsets and motherboards. The Intel Z77 platform demands a few critical changes though, so moving forward we've retired Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit in favour of Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit. For the most part, 32-bit benchmarks will see negligible change.

PCSTATS installed 4GB's of high end Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 memory into the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H test system. This is some good quick DDR3 RAM and it features thermal monitoring.

Storage devices have changed dramatically in recent years, you'll notice PCSTATS is using a quick OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (120GB, SATAII). The effect on system-wide benchmarks is dramatic compared to the old Western Digital Raptor HDD.

Thanks to Intel, Crucial Memory, OCZ Technology and Gigabyte for help outfitting this test platform.

Details on how the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard was configured for benchmarking - including specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - is listed in the Test System Spec chart below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs
TEST SYSTEM
Processor:

Intel Core i7 3820
(32nm)

Intel Core i5 2500K
(32nm)

AMD Fusion A8-3850
(32nm)

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
(45nm)

Intel Core i7 920
(45nm)
Clock Speed: 36 x 100MHz = 3.6 GHz 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz 29 x 100 MHz = 2.9 GHz 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA2011 Socket LGA1155 Socket FM1 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard: - Intel X79 -
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

- Intel Z77 -
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
ECS Z77H2-A2X

- Intel Z68 -
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

- Intel P67 -
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASUS P8P67 Pro
MSI P67A-GD65
ECS P67H2-A

- Intel H67 -
ASUS P8H67-M Evo
Biostar TH67XE
ECS H67H2-M
Intel DH67BL

- AMD A75 -
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
Biostar TA75M+

- AMD 990FX -
Biostar TA990FXE*
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7*
ASUS Crosshair V Formula*

- AMD 890FX -
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Biostar TA890FXE
MSI 890FXA-GD70
- AMD 790FX -
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

- AMD 785G -
MSI 785GM-E65

- Intel X58 -
Gigabyte G1.Assassin*
Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)

Memory: x32 - 4GB / x64 - 4x4GB Corsair CMZ16GX3M-4X1600C9 DDR3-1600 9.9.9.24

2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8.8.8.24

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1600 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066
*DDR3-1333
DDR3-1333
Hard Drive: 120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
Intel SRT Tests: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 & 20GB Intel Larson Creek 311 SSD

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply: NoFan P-400A (400W)

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1155 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1366 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 32-bit & 64-bit
Intel INF 9.2.3.1020
nVidia 285.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
Intel 9.2.0.1025
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
AMD Catalyst 8.86RC2
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.1.0.1012
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks: System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2012, SYSmark 2007, PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2011
Gaming B/M: 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking Tools and Tweaks
 Pg 3.  Introducing the Intel Z77 Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  Testing Lucidlogix VirtuMVP
 Pg 5.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 6.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 7.  Overclocking Report and BIOS Walkthrough
 Pg 8.  — Test System Hardware and Specs
 Pg 9.  Sysmark 2012 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 12.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 13.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR, Juarez
 Pg 16.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 17.  Transcoding and Power Draw

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