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Chipset Spec? Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB

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January 29, 2013 1:34:59 PM

Directly Below is the "Chipset Spec" from Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard. Can someone explain to this novice what this tech information means in english. My concern is to how many "working" USB 3.0 ports will my system have (see home build specs below).

Chipset:
1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
2. Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 VIA USB Hubs:
1. Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
* In Windows XP, the Intel USB 3.0 ports and VIA USB HUB can support up to USB 2.0 transfer speed.
* Due to a Windows 7 limitation, please connect your USB device(s) to the USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) before the Intel USB 3.0 controller driver is installed.

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a c 558 V Motherboard
January 29, 2013 2:05:32 PM

Check the back and internal I/O ports:
4 x USB 3.0 ports - back and
3 x USB 3.0 headers - internal that can be used for up to 6 USB ports.
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January 29, 2013 2:08:34 PM

Hello... You will have 4 physical USB3 connectors on the back panel... you will have 2 physical USB2 connectors on the back panel... and 4 more USB3/USB2 on your motherboard headers, for Case front panel connections, if your case includes the wiring and connectors.
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January 29, 2013 3:11:04 PM

UD5 said:
Directly Below is the "Chipset Spec" from Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB motherboard. Can someone explain to this novice what this tech information means in english. My concern is to how many "working" USB 3.0 ports will my system have (see home build specs below).

Chipset:
1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
2. Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 VIA USB Hubs:
1. Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
* In Windows XP, the Intel USB 3.0 ports and VIA USB HUB can support up to USB 2.0 transfer speed.
* Due to a Windows 7 limitation, please connect your USB device(s) to the USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) before the Intel USB 3.0 controller driver is installed.


Here's what they're saying there... your motherboard chipset is the Intel Z77 chip, that chip can support 2 each USB 3.0 ports. Also included on your motherboard are two VIA chips to control another 8 each USB 3.0 ports (two headers per chip). Some of those are unavailable in your current configuration (because you'll have no connectors to the USB_3.0_2 and USB_3.0_3 headers - that's 4 ports)
You will lose one port to run your Koutech Multifunction SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with eSATA/HD Audio Ports (5.25" ) so with the hardware you show you will have two USB 3.0 ports available on your front panel (coming out of header USB_3.0_1) and three available at the back for a total of 5 places to plug in USB 3.0 devices
I think that's what you are asking

PS I can't but help notice your CPU is sub-par for the parts around it (IMO)
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January 29, 2013 3:21:59 PM

C12Friedman said:
Here's what they're saying there... your motherboard chipset is the Intel Z77 chip, that chip can support 2 each USB 3.0 ports. Also included on your motherboard are two VIA chips to control another 8 each USB 3.0 ports (two headers per chip). Some of those are unavailable in your current configuration (because you'll have no connectors to the USB_3.0_2 and USB_3.0_3 headers - that's 4 ports)
You will lose one port to run your Koutech Multifunction SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Front Panel Multi-format Card Reader with eSATA/HD Audio Ports (5.25" ) so with the hardware you show you will have two USB 3.0 ports available on your front panel (coming out of header USB_3.0_1) and three available at the back for a total of 5 places to plug in USB 3.0 devices
I think that's what you are asking

PS I can't but help notice your CPU is sub-par for the parts around it (IMO)



Thank you, I appreciate it. I have a much better understanding now. As for the CPU, I disagree with the "sub-par", but if you will be more specific with how it may affect the OS and system components from running smoothly, I am all ears. I am new to building and the gaming thing, something I must try though, and I understand that this system will not run the highest levels games out there.
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January 29, 2013 3:22:26 PM

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a c 151 V Motherboard
January 29, 2013 3:30:35 PM

UD5 said:
Thank you, I appreciate it. I have a much better understanding now. As for the CPU, I disagree with the "sub-par", but if you will be more specific with how it may affect the OS and system components from running smoothly, I am all ears. I am new to building and the gaming thing, something I must try though, and I understand that this system will not run the highest levels games out there.

The system should in fact run very smoothly with that CPU, I say that only because all other parts are ready for overclocking but the CPU is locked and cannot be overclocked
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January 29, 2013 5:35:41 PM

C12Friedman said:
The system should in fact run very smoothly with that CPU, I say that only because all other parts are ready for overclocking but the CPU is locked and cannot be overclocked


Ah, thank you, good infor for this novice, what CPU do you recomend in the i5 ???
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a c 151 V Motherboard
January 29, 2013 10:05:28 PM

On the Intel CPU models, you'll want a CPU which has a 'k' at the end of the model name. The 'k' signifying the CPU is unlocked and the multiplier can be increased. For Ivy Bridge the two unlocked CPU models are the Core i5 3570k and the Core i7 3770k.
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