Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard
Continuing the Z77 review round-up we have for this week, we got another motherboard from Gigabyte in their lower mid-range offering: the GA-Z77X-UD3H. Serving as the budget option in the UD product line, this motherboard gives us the bare necessities whilst still brandishing Gigabyte features and quality. We’ll see if this board can pack a [...]
Continuing the Z77 review round-up we have for this week, we got another motherboard from Gigabyte in their lower mid-range offering: the GA-Z77X-UD3H. Serving as the budget option in the UD product line, this motherboard gives us the bare necessities whilst still brandishing Gigabyte features and quality. We’ll see if this board can pack a punch and we’ll make it showy!
Gigabyte is part of what has come to be known as the “Big 3″ motherboard makers in the world and serves an integral part in the progression of technology in the motherboard market. Gigabyte also boasts an extensive product line featuring graphics cards, chassis, notebooks and peripherals as well as very memorable endeavors in the cooling market. As a company, their motherboard division is their core business and today we’ll be looking at one such product. As most will know, Intel earlier this year released the Ivy Bridge 3rd generation Core i-series processors along with its accompanying 7 series chipset. Without AMD in the picture, Intel is enjoying itself but motherboard makers are constantly duking it out to make themselves shine and sway possible consumers and as we all know, the motherboard segment is all about three things: feature, performance and price. Let’s see some specs and images and let’s get testing.
This list is quite long. If you want a clearer view and more information on Gigabyte features, see the product page here.
(Some Intel® Core™ processors require a graphic card, please refer “CPU support List” for more information.)
(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)
|Onboard Graphics||Integrated Graphics Processor:
Marvell 88SE9172 chip:
VIA VL800 chip:
|Internal I/O Connectors||
|Back Panel Connectors||
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|Processor||Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K 3.5Ghz (Turbo up to 3.9Ghz)|
|Motherboards||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB, ECS Z77H2-A2X Golden Board|
|Cooling||Corsair H80 (Maximum Fan Speed)|
|Power Supply||Silverstone Strider Plus ST65F-P 650W|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX T1 DDR3-2400|
|Video Cards||ASUS HD7870 DirectCUII|
|Hard Drive||Kingston HyperX SSD 120GB|
|Operating System||Windows 7 64-bit SP1|
*Sandy Bridge-E results for comparative purposes only.
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Our 3770K sample is an average overclocker and has yet to show us any record-breaking figures but still, it can do respectable overclocks with ease.
Overclocking with Gigabyte’s 3D BIOS is fairly easy. All the necessary options are laid out immediately for users to fiddle around. We feed 1.3v Vcore to our processor and try and find our most stable clocks.
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TEMPERATURE and POWER CONSUMPTION
We check to see how motherboard maker tune their default BIOS settings and see how it impacts temperatures and power consumption. The system is left to idle for 30 minutes before readings are taken and load data is taken 30 minutes while Prime95 blend test is running. Power readings are taken for the entire system from the socket.
Gigabyte’s GA-Z77X-UD3H manages to get the lowest idle wattage during our testing possibly due to the absence of extra features. All in all the board’s consumption is well-within our expected figures.
Even temps across the board for this one.
We’ll make this quick and go right down to business, the entry-level Z77 arena is a tough and crowded market where it’s hard to stand out especially when your target consumers are budget-conscious. With a local price of Php7,800 it goes up against ASUS and ASRock’s offerings that feature the same specs. Gigabyte however assures the potential consumers 3 things: 1) you’re getting a rock-stable motherboard, 2) it’s got 3 years of warranty backing it, and lastly you get more USB3.0 connections. Simple as that. You also get mSATA.
Although the benefits are not all tangible for the Gigabyte product, we feel that the board still deserves some love. We’ve seen this board used in some extreme overclocking runs and that should be enough testament to the build quality of this board. Unfortunately though not all it’s users are going to get vats of LN2 and will be OC’ing so we’ll just stick to the stability part which is a signature of Gigabyte and their dedication to product development.
In closing, if you’re looking for a solid Z77 motherboard ready for Intel Smart Response technology, some room for expansion and a pedigree of overclocking potential, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H is for your consideration. I personally like it and give it my Editor’s Choice.
- Good performance
- 3 year warranty
- Onboard voltage check points and buttons
- Matte finish board
- Lot of USB3.0 connections
- Triple PCI-e slot
- Not as stylish as competing board in price segment
- Bare package bundle