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Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Intel Z77 Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

If you are in the market for a new system based on the Z77 platform then today’s review product will be of interest. The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard is a flagship product set to target the wealthy high end enthusiast audience who want to accept no compromises. Is this the ultimate Z77 motherboard?

We have reviewed many high end Z77 motherboards in recent months, but very few of these cost in excess of £300. Gigabyte are not holding anything back with this board – if you want the best Z77 motherboard then they want this to be your first choice. It incorporates an ‘industry leading’ 32+3+2 Phase CPU power design with a true ‘all digital’ PWM.

Overclockers will be wetting themselves to get their hands on this board, as it incorporates 32 CPU phases, plus 3 for Intel HD graphics and another 2 for VTT phases. Gigabyte claim the motherboard is able to deliver 2,000W of power which is an incredible statistic. The Z77X-UP7 uses an All Digital Engine to deliver the ultimate level of power to the 3rd generation Core processors.

The Z77X-UP7 also supports Quad Crossfire and Quad SLI. When four cards are in operation across the PCI Express 3.0 ports, they can run in an x8 configuration. We will obviously take a closer look at the motherboard later in the review.

CPU Support
Intel® 22nm 3rd and 2nd gen Core™ CPUs
CPU Socket
LGA 1155
Chipset
Intel Z77 chipset
Graphics Interface
2*PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (or 4*PCI-E 3.0 x8) + 1*PCI-E 3.0 x16
Display Interface
HDMI, DVI, RGB, Display Port
Memory Type
2 Channel DDR3
Memory DIMM
4*DDR3
Expansion Slots
2*PCI-E x 1
SATA connectors
6*SATA 3 + 4*SATA 2
SATA RAID
RAID 0,1,5,10
USB
10*USB3.0+4*USB2.0
Audio / LAN
8-channel HD / GbE LAN*2
Form Factor (mm)
E-ATX (305×264)

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