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We have a look at the great looking GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 and kiểm tra out the performance of the new Z77 model.

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I always found myself disappointed that I never got a chance to thử nghiệm out the GIGABYTE X79-UD7 when it launched. I always loved the black and orange màu sắc scheme that it had. Since that opportunity never arose it was time for the waiting game to see the next board that came out following the same màu sắc scheme.


Jump forward and today we"re checking out the Z77X-UP7. As soon as I heard of the UP7 tag I found myself instantly hoping that it would follow that same black và orange màu sắc scheme - as you can see in our introduction photo above, it does.

Like most companies we"re seeing GIGABYTE offer some updated motherboard versions of the Z77 chipset and this is of course the latest one khổng lồ hit our labs. Carrying the UP7 name of course means it"s a higher kết thúc offering & sits above the other Z77 boards we"ve looked at from GIGABYTE.

Before we take a closer look at the board itself, though, there are a few things that we need to do. We"ll be starting off by checking out the box and the contents of the package, which is quite large.


Once we"ve gone through the package we"ll move onto the board itself and cover all the main features before we move onto the BIOS side of things, cover overclocking, kiểm tra out the other boards that will be included in our graphs today before we finally get into the performance.

Package




Straight away we"ve got a sweet looking box which isn"t too busy on the front and just instead mentions some of the main highlights that are on offer. Opening up the box we can see that the left side focus on the Ultra Durable aspect of the board which includes higher quality components throughout the board.



Moving over to lớn the other side of the box we get a good look at the board so we know just what we"re dealing with. Turning over we"ve got a picture of the board & an absolute wealth of information.


You can see some of the main features lượt thích 32+3+2 Phase CPU nguồn Design, true all Digital PWM design, OC Touch, Thin Fin Cooling along with a run down on the I/O side of things. We won"t go into too much detail, though, as we"ll cover this all on the next page when we take a closer look at the board.


Moving inside the box you can see the normal line up of paperwork along with the I/O shield and three SLI bridges ranging from two cards setups to lớn four way ones. Also included although not pictured is an extended CrossFire bridge.


Moving on you can see we"ve got six SATA cables và two antennas for the wireless card that is included in the bundle, which can also be seen above.


Finally we finish the bundle with an eSATA header which has some cables included with it and a front panel dual port USB 3.0 header.

GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard


Looking at the board straight away I"m a huge fan hâm mộ of the black & orange màu sắc scheme. Of course màu sắc scheme are always going lớn be something personal, but what"s nice about the GIGABYTE thiết đặt is that it"s unique and is something that we don"t really see from other makers. Let"s move in a bit closer, though, khổng lồ see just what exactly is going on with the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7.


Moving in a bit closer you can see we"ve got five PCIe x16 slots which support up lớn four way SLI & CrossFireX. Along with the PCIe x16 slots you can see we"ve got two PCIe x1 slots khổng lồ round off the connectivity


Moving across to the bottom of the board we can see the normal line up of connectors including audio, com, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Front Panel and fan hâm mộ headers. Along with all this you can also see the LED Debug reader towards the right side.


Turning the corner you can see we"ve got a total of 10 SATA ports present. We"ve got two SATA II ports & four SATA III ports that all run off the hãng sản xuất intel chipset while four more SATA III ports are present which run off the Marvell 88SE9172 controller. You can also see behind we"ve got an mSATA connector, a SATA nguồn connector for extra power và down the bottom a reset button.


Heading to lớn the đứng top half of the board you can see we"ve got a lot going on. As usual we"ve got our four DIMM slots & below that we"ve got the main 24-pin ATX nguồn connector. Between that we"ve also got another USB 3.0 header. On the right side we"ve got a bunch of buttons that help increase both the multiplier và the BCLK while the OC Gear button does BCLK stepping.


Also present is a power nguồn button và next to lớn that we have a switch for LN2 mode & a button that will reset the CMOS button. Finally we finish off with a bunch of little connectors which are used to lớn get the voltage of certain areas with the help of the included voltage connectors in the bundle.


Moving khổng lồ the other kết thúc of the board you can see we"ve got two 8-pin CPU nguồn connectors for people who need an extreme amount of clean power. You can also see we"ve got another fan hâm mộ header here. Moving back a little we get an idea of what"s going on with the heatsink and CPU area. Lượt thích most motherboards these days it"s super clean around here và looks great with the black and orange color scheme.


Finally we finish with the I/O side of things và you can see we"ve got a total of six USB 3.0 ports và the full bộ PS2 connector. Display options are on offer via D-SUB, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort while an optical audio port is also present. We"ve got two Gigabit networking ports with one running off the hãng intel controller & the other off an Atheros controller. Finally we finish up with six auxiliary ports which run off the Realtek ALC898 codec.


Looking at the GIGABYTE BIOS there"s nothing that you wouldn"t have really seen before. If you"re going to vì any overclocking you"ll find yourself mainly hanging out in the M.I.T. Area of the board where all our overclocking options are available.


Outside of the M.I.T. Section everything is fairly self-explanatory and like we"ve seen since GIGABYTE went for the graphical UEFI kiến thiết you can jump over khổng lồ "3D Mode". For the most part, though, you"ll probably more than likely find yourself sticking with the more traditional BIOS kiến thiết which most people will find easier lớn use.

Benchmarks - chạy thử System setup and Overclocking


We would lượt thích to thank the following companies for supplying & supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, MSI, Western Digital, MemoRight and Corsair.


On the testbed side of things you"re not going khổng lồ find anything new going on with the typical motherboard kiểm tra line up present. Before we go into the overclocking side of things, though, we"ll just quickly cover the other motherboards that will be seen in our graphs today.

Outside of the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 we"ve also got Z77 representation coming from the ASRock Z77 OC Formula và MSI Z77 MPOWER which are both the latest offerings from each company. Also included are the hãng asus Maximus V GENE & the ASRock X79 Extreme4 khổng lồ round things off.

Moving onto the overclocking side of things we headed into the BIOS và started to adjust the CPU multiplier after we increased voltages. The first thing we bởi is move the multiplier up khổng lồ 47x as this tends khổng lồ be a good starting point for us. We booted up into Windows no problem & started running MediaEspresso.


Unfortunately when we hit 21% of that demo it froze up. So we headed back khổng lồ the BIOS and adjusted the voltage a little bit with no more luck. We then moved down lớn a 46x multiplier where everything was running fine in Windows. With that working fine we headed back into the BIOS và adjusted the BCLK.


We ended up with a BCLK of 100.7 as you can see above và combined with the 46x multiplier we"ve got a clock tốc độ of 4631MHz or 4.63GHz as illustrated in our graphs today. This is a good overclock for us as we see most of the time our i7 CPU sits only around the 4.6 - 4.7GHz mark.

Let"s get started!


CPU Benchmarks

HyperPi 0.99

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99

Developer Homepage: www.virgilioborges.com.br

Product Homepage: www.virgilioborges.com.br


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HyperPi is a front kết thúc for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi lớn be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to lớn memory to lớn HDD speed. The faster these components, the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length.

For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical & four logical cores for the i7 & the four physical cores of the i5 is trying lớn calculate the number Pi out lớn 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative khổng lồ ensure accuracy và any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.


AIDA64

Version & / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA

Developer Homepage: http://www.aida64.com

Product Homepage: http://www.AIDA64.com


Buy It Here

Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the bộ vi xử lý core development team from Lavalys and continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better tư vấn for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to demo memory and HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to lớn other areas of the motherboard.

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Starting off with Hyper Pi we can see that our out of the box performance is strong coming out a little stronger than our other Z77 options. AIDA64 numbers are also slightly up. When we get into the overclocking side of things we see a nice boost in performance with a decent reduction in the HyperPi time.


System Benchmarks

PCMark 7

Version và / or Patch Used: 1.04

Developer Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com


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PCMark 7 includes a range of tests that give different views of your system"s performance. In the Advanced Edition you can choose which tests to lớn run. The common use & hardware component tests are unavailable in the Basic Edition.

Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. This is the only test that returns an official PCMark score. The Lightweight chạy thử measures the system capabilities of entry-level systems & mobility platforms unable to run the PCMark test, but it does not generate a PCMark score. Common use performance is measured by the scenario tests - Entertainment, Creativity & Production - each of which results in a scenario score. Hardware component performance is measured by the hardware tests - Computation và Storage - each of which results in a hardware score.


MediaEspresso

Version and / or Patch Used: 6.5

Developer Homepage: http://www.cyberlink.com/

Product Homepage: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/mediaespresso/overview_en_AU.html?fileName=overview&r=1


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MediaEspresso is a blazingly fast media universal converter that can transcode your videos, photos and music files và out put them to a huge range of portable devices including điện thoại phones, portable truyền thông players và even trò chơi consoles. With technologies lượt thích Smart Detect, Direct Sync & CyberLink"s TrueTheater video clip enhancements, you can not only forget about complicated format, resolution and output settings, but your converted file will come out the other side looking better than when it went in!


PCMark performance is also strong out the box sitting between the other Z77 offerings while MediaEspresso is strong lượt thích we saw on the MSI Z77 MPOWER which was roughly 50 seconds quicker.


Again when we ramp up the CPU speed we get strong improvements in both areas. The MediaEspresso kiểm tra is always a nice one as we see real-world improvements from the overclock.

USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks

AIDA64

Version & / or Patch Used: 1.70.1400

Developer Homepage: http://www.aida64.com


Product Homepage: http://www.AIDA64.com

Buy It Here

Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the bộ vi xử lý core development team from Lavalys và continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better tư vấn for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to thử nghiệm memory and HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to lớn other areas of the motherboard.


Looking at USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 performance we don"t have any real surprises with numbers that line up as you"d expect.

SSD Benchmarks

AIDA64

Version & / or Patch Used: 1.70.1400

Developer Homepage: http://www.aida64.com


Product Homepage: http://www.AIDA64.com

Buy It Here

Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the vi xử lý core development team from Lavalys & continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better tư vấn for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to kiểm tra memory và HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to other areas of the motherboard.


HD Tune Pro

Version và / or Patch Used: 4.61

Developer Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com

Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com


Buy It Here

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write & access time results & for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.


Looking at SSD performance under AIDA64 we"ve got some very strong numbers for our SSD here. HD Tune Pro also shows good numbers overall, but not quite as strong as we saw under AIDA64. Overall, though, SSD performance is just very strong on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7.


mSATA Benchmarks

HD Tune Pro

Version and / or Patch Used: 4.61

Developer Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com

Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com


mSATA numbers really don"t show any real surprise with them lining up like you"d expect.

Memory Benchmarks

AIDA64

Version & / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA


Replacing Everest in our labs is AIDA64. This new testing suite is from the core development team from Lavalys & continues that tradition. The guys have thrown in better support for multithreaded CPUs as well as full 64 bit support. We use this to demo memory và HDDs for now, but may find ourselves opening this up to lớn other areas of the motherboard.


RAM performance out of the box lines up with the other Z77 motherboards for the most part while the overclocking side of things of course sees a boost thanks to lớn the extra memory bandwidth offered by the increased CPU speed.

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark 11

Version và / or Patch Used: 1.0


Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/

Buy It Here


3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world"s most popular benchmark. Designed lớn measure your PC"s gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide lớn give accurate và unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to lớn consistently & reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.


Metro 2033

Version & / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

Timedemo or màn chơi Used: Built in Benchmark


Developer Homepage: http://www.4a-games.com//

Product Homepage: http://www.thqnordic.com/

Metro 2033 is an action-oriented đoạn clip game with a combination of survival horror and first-person shooter elements. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine và released in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows và Xbox 360.<3> In March 2006, 4A Games announced a partnership with Glukhovsky khổng lồ collaborate on the game.<4> The game was announced at the 2009 Games Convention in Leipzig;<5> a first trailer came along with the announcement.<6> A sequel was announced, currently titled Metro: Last Light.


As usual when we look at the gaming side of things we don"t see any real surprise. We see a little bit of movement when we overclock, but really for the most part very little separates each system.

Temperature & Power

Power Consumption


Looking at power draw numbers we can see that the idle is slightly elevated on this GIGABYTE offering and load is also up slightly. Overall, though, the number still look good và you can see overclocked we remain under 400 watt at load.

Core Temperature


Looking at temperature numbers the GIGABYTE sits a little lower out of the box. Overclocked idle also looks great. It"s only when we are under load that we see it skyrocket to the mid 90c mark. This isn"t the biggest surprise, though, as over 90c is quite common for the 3770k.


Final Thoughts

GIGABYTE has put together a really nice motherboard in the Z77X-UP7 & the first thing we have to mention is that the màu sắc design looks great. It"s nice lớn see something a little different than the đen on black or đen on red which are probably the two most common color schemes when it comes to lớn higher over motherboards. Instead we"ve seen GIGABYTE go for the black and orange going on here, và we saw ASRock go for a black and yellow màu sắc scheme.

Looking at the price side of things the $399.99 price tag that is associated with the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 brings it in as the second most expensive Z77 motherboard on offer over at Newegg with the asus P8Z77-V Premium being $50 more expensive. Justifying the price isn"t too hard, though. You only have lớn look at the package that"s on offer.

Along with all the normal stuff we"re used lớn seeing the addition of the USB 3.0 front panel header và the wireless thẻ with multiple antennas help the bundle stand out. Then you"ve got the board features which really stand out - everything from the onboard overclocking, voltage monitoring feature & extra SATA ports. Finally the other big feature for performance users is the ability to lớn go down the four-way video clip card path for massive performance.


While for some users the board will be overkill, the feature set and bundle is really strong that even if you"re not a big overclocker or power nguồn user that will make use of every feature that"s available, there"s enough extras that still make the board worthwhile at the price.

At $399.99 the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 is just going khổng lồ be out of budget for some people. However, if you have the money, và if you"re after a high-end, high quality motherboard that carries a large feature set và runs extremely well, this is a fantastic option.


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Shawn Baker

Shawn takes care of all of our clip card reviews. From 2009, Shawn is also taking care of our memory reviews, và from May 2011, Shawn also takes care of our CPU, chipset and motherboard reviews. As of December 2011, Shawn is based out of Taipei, Taiwan.


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