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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: Continued

Gigabyte's GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard supports DDR3-1600/1333/1066 memory in a dual channel configuration, though DDR3-1600 memory is apparently only supported with a 22nm Ivy Bridge CPU in the drivers seat. The largest memory density for 64-bit operating systems is 32GB, for Windows 32-bit you're capped at 4GB max. The four 1.5v DIMMs support Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP).

In this corner by the memory we find a nice large red power switch. The power symbol is illuminated so it's easy to spot when the board is installed in dark case. Next to the power button are Reset and CMOS reset buttons, the latter being a little too close to the others for our liking. Enthusiast overclockers get a set of voltage read points for Vcore, CPUVtt, VSA, CPUPll, VDimm, DDRVtt and PCIIO.

Socket LGA1155 for Intel 2nd/3rd-Generation Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs.

Like all Intel Z77 platforms, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H supports both 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processors and 22nm 3rd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Ivy Bridge' socket LGA1155 processors.

Socket LGA1155

One other neat feature Gigabyte has added to its boards is called 3X USB Power. Briefly, while standard USB 2.0 ports are limited to 500mA power loads and USB 3.0 to 900mA, the motherboard is capable of delivering 1500mA per USB 2.0 socket and up to 2700mA per USB 3.0 port. On top of that, each USB port is individually fused.

The USB 3.0 header for front panel USB 3.0 ports. While USB 2.0's 480Mb/s maximum bandwidth is fine for smaller thumb drives, USB 3.0 expands that bandwidth to a massive 4.8Gb/s - much better for moving 8GB movie files around!

Next up, PCSTATS tries its hand overclocking a Core i5 2500K processor on the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, but first a quick look at the BIOS features and overclocking.

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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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