Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review

Conclusion

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Review

Conclusion

If you'll forgive us for slipping away from the more formal OC3D style for a moment and into the realms of the tabloid journalist, the only conclusion we can draw from our testing of the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is "Phew, what a scorcher".

The quality of recent Gigabyte motherboards has been variable to say the least. For every blinding Sniper 3 or D3H there is an equally shabby X79S. We heard talk for a long time that the Z77 series wouldn't be seeing a UD7 model, and although it hasn't there is no question that the Z77X-UP7 is their range-topping LGA1155 model. The fact they gave it the orange colour scheme we had only seen on the fabulous X58 OC at least gave us confidence that Gigabyte had faith in their product and that faith proved well justified. This thing is incredible.

Even if it was terrible, which it isn't, you know how much we'd love the looks, but it's not only the choice of orange that makes our mouth water. There are plenty of fan headers spread in useful places. The heatsinks are simple and sleek but with a huge surface area thanks to the high fin density. It's always worth remembering that the UP7 is designed for record breaking and so the heatsinks are both excellent for air cooling, and easy to remove if you're going sub-zero. Speaking of which the 32+3+2 Phase design most definitely has all the power you'd require to eliminate a lack of voltage from your list of why the overclock has failed. IR and their 60A PowIRstages supply the juice which, according to Gigabyte, can give 2000W of power delivery, its also worth noting the CPU area of the board alone costs the same to produce as the entire D3H! Certainly enough that if this passed 88 you'd be in Hill Valley without need of a lightning strike.

A 4.9GHz overclock from our retail CPU was stunning, and it was certainly the easiest board we've yet tested to give us the 5GHz CPUz. It wasn't a case of an overclock that was big on numbers and short on performance either. Nearly every test saw the UP7 give us the highest result we've seen on a Z77 motherboard. Indeed only in PC Mark was the UP7 anything other than the top of the graph. Thankfully we know the CPU is working hard, and when we look at the 3D Mark results we see that the 3D scores are awesome too, so the board covers every angle you could desire.

We haven't even begun to discuss how many connection options you have, the two Gigabit LANs, how useful the onboard OC buttons are, how the power phases are low profile to make applying putty around your pot easy, or how all the CMOS clear and voltage monitoring points are within easy reach. We haven't mentioned the PLX8747 which gives you 48 extra PCI Express lanes, or how the loadline calibration gave rock solid stability under even the highest loading.

The only slight thing anyone could quibble about is the price, around £310, but even that is right on a par with all the other high-end boards on the market and in case you haven't been paying attention this is the fastest motherboard we've tested. I personally would be perfectly happy to have it at the heart of my PC at home, and I can't think of a more ringing endorsement than that. So you're getting everything you could possibly desire with zero downside. A stunning performer, utterly worth of the OC3D Gold Award.

      

Thanks to Gigabyte for supplying the Z77X-UP7 for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.

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11-10-2012, 16:46:54

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...073512311l.jpg

Finally Gigabyte have reintroduced a "7 series" motherboard. Does the UP7 live up to its lofty predecessors...

Continue Reading

11-10-2012, 17:27:18

tezza192
Thanks Tom another great review ,, thoroughly enjoyed it.

11-10-2012, 17:54:21

Jeremy1998
Now if only they made it for X79... Like the X79-UD7, but with these new power stages. I would love it!

11-10-2012, 18:02:14

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by tezza192 View Post
Thanks Tom another great review ,, thoroughly enjoyed it.
VB did the review dude, he may of tested here but the words and thoughts are all his.

11-10-2012, 23:03:03

badtaylorx
songwriters all across the world put out genius works of art.....

but its the lead singer thats gett'n his duck sick!!!

12-10-2012, 14:51:37

toxic123
i am personally not a huge fan of the orange due to it not really matching any case other than the phantom nor any memory that i'm aware of other than black colored. but it still looks great and performs great.

12-10-2012, 17:48:57

Computer crazy
Great review as always, looks an amazing board, really like the aesthetics and the performance backs up its good looks.

13-10-2012, 01:34:40

StreekG
Nice review, beautiful board.

13-10-2012, 20:01:18

Maxx
Hi Tom,
I thought about what you said about leaving the cpu on auto ect, gave it some thought and i knew mine was on "offset" mode. i have the p67 sabertooth with a 2600k @ 4.5ghz .done via the "oc tuner" in bios. 103 frequency and 43 multiplyer i think. the voltage on cpuz shows it moves from 1.15 up to 1.36. is this okay? temps are 68 ish while running prime for 1hour with the h70.
Thanks

14-10-2012, 01:17:24

airdeano
maxx,
welcome to the forum.
great question, but you have it buried in a review that prolly wont get answered.
you get a better response making a new thread in the Mainboard & CPU discussion
group. or using the search function where you will find many other similar questions and
answers. there are many enthusiasts there that can give you a prompt response.
and when you make you question, you'll wanna include mobo make, chip, RAM
GPU and power supply.

airdeano

13-02-2013, 18:02:23

Arfur Schrunkunpecker
I'm looking to get this motherboard in my next build pretty soon.
I'm pleased to see that it got rave reviews here at
Overclock3D.
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