Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Review

By on September 19, 2012
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A budget board packed with features.

Good: Many USB 3.0 ports & on board video ports on the back; Easy expansion via multiple DIMM and PCIe slots; Easy overclocking via simple UEFI BIOS interface; mSATA port allows for quick hybrid drive setup.
Bad: Few basic items packed in; For little more, you can get Thunderbolt equipped boards.
Price: AED 650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Gigabyte usually has their motherboards pretty feature filled throughout their product range, and while very high-end boards do pack exceptional hardware, when it comes to their budget line, they certainly don’t skimp.

Today I’ll be looking at the GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard that comes in as one of Gigabyte’s entry level boards for Intel’s Ivy (and Sandy) Bridge processors. From the name you must have obviously derived that this model comes with the Z77 chipset, so all the bells & whistles like native USB 3.0 & SATA III support, plus Lucid Virtu MVP as well as Intel Rapid Start Technology.

Of course, there’s also an mSATA port that allows you to connect an mSATA SSD giving you access to a hybrid system whereby data is cached on the SSD from your primary (mechanical) hard drive, using Intel’s Smart Response Technology.

There’s no Thunderbolt port, but then again for the price you really shouldn’t expect one of the most sought after expansion port in the industry right now.

Speaking of price, the packaging is pretty sparse, but adequate for this level of motherboard. There are four SATA cables, an SLI bridge for Nvidia cards and a rear I/O panel shield. Apart from that you have the regular manuals, driver CD and the warranty card.

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