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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.

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

Performance for all three motherboards is pretty much the same, with the overclocked GA-Z77X-UD3H showing the expected performance gains from the Core i7-3770K CPU running at 4.6GHz.

Given the ease of running things in the UEFI BIOS, loads of USB 3.0 ports as well as the option to fully utilize every aspect of the Z77 chipset, Lucid Virtu and the mSATA (for hybrid hard drive solution) in particular, there’s no reason not to go with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H if you’re building a mid-range PC. The only thing you have to decide is whether you’ll be using Thunderbolt devices in the next 2 years; if not, the GA-Z77X-UD3H will serve your everyday needs perfectly.

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