Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H Review

By on April 30, 2012
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A budget Z77 board that brings all the basics.

Good: Competitive performance, decent number of features, low entry level price to get Z77 chipset.
Bad: Only one PCIe slot with x16 lanes.
Price: AED 500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


For testing the Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H the following testbed was used:


Unfortunately our tested Ivy Bridge i7-3770K was taken back, so we had to rely on our trusty old i7-2600K Sandy bridge CPU. Based on that I have tested the GA-Z77-D3H against the MSI Z77A-GD55 which was also tested on the same processor.


Starting the benchmarks are the two most popular data compression software: WinRAR and 7-zip. For both of these programs I have used the built-in benchmarking software. A higher score is better.

The next test is Cinebench R11.5 wherein a 3D image is rendered using the CPU. This test stresses all the CPU cores, maximizing the threads. Results are given in points, the higher the better. The second test x264 HD 4.0 is a video encoding test in which a small HD video file is encoded in x264 format. The results are measured in frames per second, in that the faster a processor, the higher the fps.

PCMark stress test all the resources of a system. Since almost all the components in our testbed are one of the best in the market right now, the entirety of the performance will depend on how good our test motherboard is. As usual, the higher the score, the better.

3DMark 11 is an industry standard graphical benchmark, and while it mostly stresses the graphics card, the CPU is also highly stressed for specific tests. The higher the score, the better.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • Sidney Outlaw

    Oh and all compatible memory sticks will boot up with 1600MHz, not forced down 1333MHz like with Sandy Bridge CPUs.

  • Guest

    hmm no powerconsumption test ? :(

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