Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 (Z77) Motherboard Review

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Contrary to what we normally find on a Gigabyte motherboard box, the UP7 has a rather modest front to it with a few mentions of the boards features, a couple of its claims to fame, namely its award for best of Computex 2012 and its world record breaking overclock with an Intel i7 3770k.

Opening up the front cover, we find on the inside a whole heap of information on the boards Ultra Durable design and ‘The Industry’s Quality CPU Power Design’.

To the right, we have a window through which we can drool over the main attraction that is inside, just to tease us before we dive inside the box.

Turning the box right over, it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of information about each and every aspect of the board inside, touching on the cooling, graphics layout, overclocking features, power phases, BIOS and so forth.

Opening the box up, we get the usual array of manuals and paperwork along with a pair of CDs, with drivers & utilities and an I/O plate.

To get connected we find a number of black SATA III 6Gb/s cables, and surprisingly an odd number rather than pairs of cables, with two cables having a right angled connector on one end.

Multi GPU setups are what this motherboard is built for and so we find an array of two, three and four way SLI bridges and a single CrossFire bridge.

As we have seen a lot more just recently, Gigabyte are now including full WiFi and Bluetooth support out of the box with with an onboard option or, like we have here, a PCIe x1 expansion card and antenna.

Another regular to the Gigabyte package is a 3.5″ USB 3.0 front panel for those cases that don’t have native USB 3.0 support.

On top of the USB3.0 panel is a new accessory that we have yet to see – an expansion bay mounted eSATA dock with molex power in between the two ports. Alongside the bracket we have two eSATA cables and a molex to SATA power cable.

The last piece of Gigabyte’s impressive accessory pack is a small bag containing a number of cables for connecting a multimeter to the board for those inevitable overclocking sessions that will occur.

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3 Responses to “Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 (Z77) Motherboard Review”
  1. Wayne says:

    Gigabyte has always been my favourite brand of mobo. now if only they would jack up their software suite to Asus standards. What puzzles me is the inclusion of the eSata plugin board. Who the hell uses eSata? I’ve yet to meet anybody who does. If they removed that superfluous thing they could drop the boards price by a few bob.

  2. Gigabyte is all i use in my builds.They look so damn good and the quality is superb.I agree with wayne to a point,I have never used esata,But hey nothing wrong with having extra features available just incase.;)

  3. There are pro’s and con’s of eSATA, mainly it is one of those interfaces that generally doesn’t get used by the vast majority of people, but there are a number that can see a benefit. Take myself for example, I build and fix PCs as well as writing reviews on here and to save having an open system on my desk, I use the eSATA interface to conenct up hard drives to my system for testing and/or data backup.

    Think of it a little like FireWire 400/800 that interface again is another that many didn’t see the need for but some did use, for the likes of hard drives and video cameras (pre USB 3.0) due to its slightly faster data transfer speed.

    On the bright side, you could say that at least Gigabyte didn’t put the eSATA on the rear I/O, leaving space for more USB 3.0 and the display outputs.

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