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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH Review

By on August 22, 2012
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Feature rich, with dual Thunderbolts.

Good: Contains all the features of regular Z77 motherboards i addition to dual Thunderbolt ports that allow for 12 devices to be daisy-chained, and an additional 3 monitors. Performance and overclocking on par with other mid to high-end boards.
Bad: Barely any bundled accessories.
Price: AED 800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Benchmarks

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, Performance Test  and Geekbench stress tests 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.

Conclusion

As you can see performance wise the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH is a close performer to the Z77X-UD5H, even when it comes to overclocked performance.

What’s interesting; however, are the dual Thunderbolt ports which ran both the Buffalo 500GB MiniStation and WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo perfectly fine. Of course, the high bandwidth capacity of Thunderbolt allows for up to 6 devices per port to be daisy-chained, allowing for up to 12 Thunderbolt devices to be connected to the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH and an additional 3 monitors (2x via Thunderbolt and another via HDMI or VGA).

The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH is a great board whose dual Thunderbolt ports allow for an incredible amount of expansion in the future. The motherboard itself has all the Z77 features you could ask for, and is also easy on the wallet.

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