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Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H review

The best Gigabyte board we've seen in years, and possibly the best Z77 too.

Our Verdict

An excellent return to form for Gigabyte's motherboard division, and for a wallet-friendly price too.

For

  • Impressive feature set
  • Great CPU performance
  • Quality overclocking

Against

  • Few USB connectors on the backplate

The Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H marks a serious return to the world of high-end motherboards.

Gigabyte has, after all, had a hard time in recent years, being left behind by two of its biggest rivals, Asus and MSI, as they found new, profitable revenue streams.

Things were looking ropey for the Taiwanese motherboard company for a while there; the P67/Z68 debacle was very bad for business and Gigabyte had a host of problems with its X79 boards.

At the start of the year you could maybe find one X79 board from it out in the wild.

Business has picked up though, and more X79 boards have sprung out of the Taipei factory, including the excellent Gigabyte X79-UD3 and following those are a load more Z77 boards.

At last count there where twelve different designs in various form factors.

At the top-end are the two G1.Sniper 3 boards, in ATX and mATX form factors, but sitting just below them, in more sensible black and blue trim (no neon green in sight) is this Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H.

And it's a fantastic board.

Vital stats
Socket - Intel LGA 1155
Chipset - Intel Z77
Graphics support - 2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 2.0 x16, Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFireX
Memory - Dual channel DDR3
High speed interfaces - 10x USB 3.0, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

We tested all the motherboards here with the same Intel Core i7 3770K processor to test their relative performance across a range of tasks.

Despite running at the same multi-threading Turbo frequency of 3.9GHz (over the stock 3.5GHz) the Gigabyte board has the edge over the Asus P8Z77-V Pro mobo across our entire range of benchmarks; even in the gaming tests where Asus has traditionally held sway.

If you want top performance at the stock settings then you really cannot look past the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H.

CPU rendering performance

Gigabyte Z77X UD5H benchmarks

Gaming performance

Gigabyte Z77X UD5H benchmarks

Overclocking performance

Gigabyte Z77X UD5H benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron Dual-Core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces9
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
DisplayPortYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologySmart Response Technology
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product NameGA-Z77X-UUltra Durable 4 Classic D5H Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 4 Classic
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-Z77X-UD5H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Classic motherboards embrace a range of exclusive features that guarantee DIY PC builders the absolute best protection for their PC, with built-in features that prevent common malfunction threats users encounter on a day-to-day basis.