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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.

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. Note: the new version of WinRAR (4.20) is used for this benchmark with makes more effecient used of multiple cores, hence the significant speed bump compared to the older version run on other motherboards.

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

The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 performs competitively against other Z77 motherboards, with the overclocked results in line with expectations. The only real flaw with the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is its pricing, higher than the ASUS flagship Maximus V Extreme and double that of the MSI Z77 MPower, which itself is no slouch.

If it were more competitively priced, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 would have presented an excellent package that’s rather hard to beat by anyone in the market.

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