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Gigabyte z77x-ud3h

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #10 in Intel Motherboards

Posted

Pros: Good VRM, UEFI, voltage check points , price-perfomance

Cons: VIA Audio isn't compatible with OS X if you make a Hackintosh , USB 3.0 Marvell support spotty outside of Windows , missing 2nd heatsink, fan control

PROS

2 oz copper PCB (something missing on the Z77X-D3H, note lack of U) , Glass fabric PCB relevant for LN2 OCs

V_core adjustment in 0.005V increments

ATX4P1 for extra power to PCI-e slots

BIOS allows control of voltages and timings

BIOS / Software doesn't lie: I tested with a multimeter and the voltage is within 0.001 of what's on the BIOS screen

Best OC board under $150 : V-check points, POST code display, Power button, good VRM that doesn't use D-PAK mosfets , Dual BIOS
-> "The response of the Gigabyte board under load is fantastic. No ripple at all and a lower average voltage than the ASUS P8P77-V Pro." - Anandtech

dust covers for display outputs

SLI support

CONS

VIA audio is not fully supported for Hackintosh builds (http://www.tonymacx86.com/mountain-lion-desktop-guides/68018-gigabyte-ga-z77x-ud3h-i5-3570k-hd4000-works-except-via-sound.html , http://www.tonymacx86.com/desktop-compatibility/84621-ga-z77-ud3h-build.html), although in my testing it works fine on Linux variants (Debian based and Fedora)

The VIA VL800 controls four extra USB ports on the back of the board, and these don't work without drivers. This means it is spotty outside of Windows.

Fan control is rudimentary due to the SuperIO. Your 4th fan is full speed, fans 1-3 are all linked together in RPM ramp up. Unlike some ASUS boards you cannot run more than 1 fan on the CPU fan header without a splitter.

ASUS' Q-connector thing is gimmicky, but it would save time (about 5 minutes) if they included something similar.


Notes

If you use the mSATA port you lose a SATA port
people complain clear CMOS and reset are too close together but I don't have stubby fingers wink.gif

The 3D BIOs has one use for me, to adjust voltages and speeds quicker instead of using Page Up/Page down

A comparable board from Asus costs you $170+ (P8Z77-V Pro) and for that mone you could grab a GA-Z77X-UP4 TH or GA-Z77X-UP5 TH with Ultra Durable 5, which uses 60A capable IR3550 PowIR stage.

ASUS P8Z77-V LX/LK/LE (4+1 VRM of lower quality components) / AsRock Extreme 4 (D-Pak mosfets) are lame in comparison. It has equal or better performance than the P8Z77-V Pro from ASUS.

If they changed out the SuperIO to something that can control fans independently this would be fantastic (at least in Windows , go UD5H /UP5 TH for native OSX and Linux).

Posted

Pros: Dual BIOS, Supports Intel HD graphics, USB 3.0, 3D BIOS

Cons: No integrated Bluetooth or WiFi

This motherboard is great! It has plenty of USB 3.0 ports, supports Intel HD graphics, and is part of Gigabyte's "Durable" line of products.

My favorite feature (which I didn't expect to need), is DUAL BIOS. I installed a new graphics card, but it wasn't being detected by Windows. So I decided to disable my integrated graphics... Basically, after that I couldn't even get into BIOS at all because then I had no image on my monitor. So then I switched to my secondary BIOS and my monitor worked again. Then I turned the integrated GPU back on and was able to install my graphics card!

The only thing I don't like is no integrated WiFi or Bluetooth support. To get WiFi and Bluetooth, I had to buy a adapters - simultaneously blocking two USB ports.

Posted

Pros: Looks, Features, Quality

Cons: None

A great well featured board with an attractive pricetag. The BIOS is easy and intuitive to use and for those with a side window on their case the board is styled tastefully.

Things to beaware of

- The 1st slot for RAM is close to the CPU socket (slightly closer than on some other boards), this means that if you are using a large HSF you will need to use RAM with low profile or no heatsinks.

- The board has CMOS and RST switches on the board for OC'ers the RST and the CMOS switch are next to each other and identical so its easy to hit the wrong one if you don't look at what you are doing.

All in all if you are after a Z77 in this price bracket this is your baby. I can't stress enough how this board feels and behaves "solidly" unlike some others in this price bracket that throw features at you while skimping on quality (here's looking at you extreme 4).



Gigabyte z77x-ud3h
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GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards combine a host of new and exciting technologies with the latest Intel Z77 Express Chipset, creating a unique range of motherboard designs that harness the outstanding performance of the new 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors. With an exclusive 'Digital' VRM design, GIGABYTE 3D Power and GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI), GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards ensure exceptional power delivery and absolute control, with additional features that ensure an unrivalled experience on your next PC build.

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