Everything considered, we are very impressed with the Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH as it offers pretty much everything we could ask for from a mid-range motherboard. It boasts an impressive feature set which includes dual thunderbolt connectors … something we’ve yet to see on a mid-range motherboard.
Without doubt the most interesting feature of this motherboard for us is the overclocking capability. We managed to overclock our i7-3770K to 4.8 GHz using a voltage of 1.36V which was very easily attainable.
We would recommend a good cooler if you plan to overclock a system to this level, though, as most budget models just wont cut it.
Gigabyte have given the motherboard a neutral colour scheme which will make it very easy for you to colour code with other components. There are also six USB3.0 connectors on the rear I/O panel with a further two available through the internal header.
If you’re looking for a motherboard with very good connectivity, then the Z77X-UP4 TH doesn’t disappoint.
The Z77X-UP4 TH can be yours for a shade under £160 from Overclockers UK. At this price it’s a little more expensive than other mid-range motherboards out there but then we have to consider that it offers more than most. The overclocking performance is very good and it also features dual thunderbolt connectors which will help future-proof the system.
- Decent overclocking performance.
- Attractive design.
- Dual thunderbolt connectors.
- Good BIOS.
- Asus BIOS is easier to navigate.
KitGuru says: An impressive offering from Gigabyte that’s great for overclocking.