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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Intel Z77 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard is a fully featured mainstream-gaming platform based around the Intel Z77 chipset and bundled with a Wireless 802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0 PCI Express x1 card, not to mention all the bells and whistles of a highly expandable workstation platform and a good set of overclocking tools.
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout

360-Degree Motherboard Gallery:

There's a lot to cover on the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard; in addition to the stock Intel Z77 feature set the manufacturer adds extra USB 3.0 controllers, extra SATA III controllers, extra overclocking tools and a whack of stuff only found on high end motherboards. First up are the PCI Express slots. The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB comes with three physical PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots that support single video cards in x16 mode, two-way ATI CrossfireX / nVidia SLI graphics cards in x8/x8 mode and three-way SLI/Crossfire rigs in x8/x4/x4 mode when an Ivy Bridge CPU is installed. All graphics card slots are PCI Express 3.0 compliant. Remaining expansion slots include three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and a legacy PCI slot.

To supply stable power to dual-graphics cards configurations Gigabyte have added a SATA power connector onto the motherboard right next to the memory DIMMs. Be sure to hook your power supply connector up to this port in addition to the main ATX 24-pin and auxiliary 8-pin board power connectors.

Spacing between the primary PCI Express 3.0 x16 graphics card slots is nice and wide. A pair of dual-slot-wide videocards will only block off the second PCIEx1 and PCI slots. If you opt for SLI/CrossFireX, at the very least you'll still have two PCIEx1 slots and a PCIEx4 available for the Gigabyte GC-WiFi card, or perhaps a discrete sound card. All three PCI Express x1 slots conform to the PCI-E 2.0 standard.

Along the bottom edge of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard are headers for; front panel audio, Firewire, a Trusted Platform Module, (2) USB 2.0 and (2) USB 3.0 headers, a switch to change between main and backup BIOS and a SATAIII port.

the Intel Z77 Express chipset only requires a simple passive aluminum heatsink for cooling, however this is connected to the other heatsinks with a single heat pipe for good measure. Next to the front panel IO header is a 6Gb/s SATA III Port from one of the two Marvell 88SE9172 controllers. The other SATA III port is placed at the rear I/O in the form of an eSATAIII jack for external storage devices.

Rounding out the storage options on the GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB board are (4) 3Gb/s SATA II ports (black) and (2) 6Gb/s SATA III ports (white) from the Intel Z77 chipset and (3) SATA III ports from a pair of Marvel 88SE9172 controllers (grey). The native Intel Z77 chipset SATA ports support RAID 0,1,5,10 while the Marvell controller SATA ports are limited to RAID 0,1. If an mSATA SSD card is installed into the mSATA slot by the LGA1155 CPU socket you'll loose one of the native SATA ports elsewhere on the board.

Install mSATA SSD here for Intel SRT

The mSATA slot is used with SSD cards only for configuring Intel Smart Response Technology. If you're unsure of what Intel SRT is, or what performance it can bring, read this in-depth PCSTATS article where we test and explain the technology.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Bundled in Wireless Networking
 Pg 3.  — 360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 5.  Overclocking Report and BIOS Walk through
 Pg 6.  Test System Hardware and Specs
 Pg 7.  Sysmark 2012 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 10.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 16.  Total System Power Draw and Conclusions

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