Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Review

By on November 29, 2012
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A Z77 motherboard feature filled to the brim.

Good: Very high quality components; Great performance; Loads of packed in extras; Easy and stable overclocking.
Bad: Overpriced compared to competition.
Price: AED 1,600
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Z77 platform has been out for the better part of 2012, but that doesn’t mean that high-end motherboards for the Ivy Bridge processors cannot come later in the lifecycle.

Focusing on delivering power to overclocked components as well as all the extra bells & whistles you could ask for in a modern motherboard, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is a complete package fulfilling all your necessities for a high-end daily gaming rig.

Packed inside are a ton of goodies, so let’s start with the most boring stuff first: instruction manuals and driver discs. More importantly, though, is the 3 year warranty card which comes on a small piece of cardboard.

There’s a PCIe WiFi & Bluetooth adapter with two extendable antennae.

For the 4-way SLI setup they very kindly provide a 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI bridge adapters, with a 2-way CrossFire bridge thrown in for good measure.

There is an extra front panel USB 3.0 header (with two ports) and a rear panel eSATA header with accompanying cables to connect to the motherboard.

There are 6x SATA cables and V-Check point cables and a back plate to finish things off.

Overall the black and orange color scheme looks pretty nice, plus the size is also adequate with the spacing between the CPU area and the PCIe slots for the graphics card, although the RAM area seems like a tight fit for bigger heatsinks.

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