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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
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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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout

360-Degree Motherboard Gallery:

The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard comes equipped with two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots that supports single graphics cards in x16 mode and two-way ATI CrossfireX / nVidia SLI set ups in x8/x8 mode. The third videocard slot runs at PCI Express x4. All graphics slots are PCI Express 3.0 compliant. Remaining expansion slots include three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and a legacy PCI slot.

The small white connector to the right of the first PCI Express x16 slot is an mSATA slot for SSD cards used with Intel Smart Response Technology.

(Install mSATA SSD here)

Spacing between the two videocard PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots is very wide. A dual-slot videocard will only block the second PCIEx1 slot. If you opt for SLI or CrossFireX, it will cost you the lone PCI slot.

Along the bottom edge of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard are headers for; front panel audio, Trusted Platform Module, (3) USB 2.0 and a BIOS switch (to change between primary and backup BIOS).

Next to the front panel IO headers is the Port80 diagnostic read out, (2) 6Gb/s SATA III ports (white) and (4) 3Gb/s SATA II jacks (black) via the Intel Z77 chipset which support RAID 0/1/5/10. In the upper right corner is the lone USB 3.0 header, unfortunately no USB 3.0 bracket is supplied.

To help ensure the stability of multiple videocards, Gigabyte has added one SATA power connector to the motherboard so additional power from the PSU to be directed to the PCI Express x16 slots. Here we find the Intel Z77 Express chipset which only requires a simple passive heatsink for cooling. Since all the duties of the Northbridge (memory controller, integrated graphics, PCI Express lanes) has been off loaded to the processor, the Z77 chipset is basically a glorified Southbridge.

More motherboard goodness to follow after the jump...

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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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