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Gigabyte Launches Flagship Z77X-UP7 Motherboard

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Gigabyte's latest motherboard features a robust 32+3+2 power design using Ultra Durable 5 high current capable components.

On Monday Gigabyte announced the release of its current flagship motherboard, the Z77X-UP7. It offers a robust 32+3+2 power design (32 CPU phases, 3 Intel HD Graphics, 2 VTT phases) using Ultra Durable 5 high current capable components including 60A rated IR3550 PowIRstages chips from IR. This high phase count allows the board to share the workload between 32 phases, ensuring lower working temperatures and maximum CPU power delivery.

"With the Z77X-UP7 and its 32+3+2 power phase design featuring Ultra Durable 5 technology, we have created the very best CPU power design of any motherboard available today,” commented HiCookie, Gigabyte In-house Overclocking Expert. "Not only does this help extreme overclockers to reach 7 GHz+ on their Intel Core i7-3770K CPUs and take down benchmark records, but it also provides System Integrators with a platform cool and stable enough to withstand the rigors of an always-on, overclocked water cooled system for their customers."

Featuring an LGA 1155 CPU socket and the Intel Z77 chipset, the motherboard supports Intel 22-nm 3rd and 2nd generation Core CPUs. It also has four slots for 2 channel DDR3 RAM sticks, ten USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, six SATA 3 connectors and four SATA 2 connectors. It also offers PCI Express 3.0 x8 connectivity on 4 slots, supporting both 4-way ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI configurations, or PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectivity using 2 slots.

"The Z77X-UP7 delivers ultra smooth 3D rendering, blazing-fast frame rates and enhanced graphics capabilities for users wanting to get the highest levels of graphics performance from their system, Gigabyte said on Monday. "The Single black PCI Express x16 slot provides a direct link to the CPU, enabling it to bypass the PLX chip. This provides the fastest possible connection for single graphics card benching."

The board also features an exclusive in-house designed UEFI BIOS sporting a GUI capable of 32-bit color imaging and user-friendly mouse navigation. The BIOS also provides two different levels of access, depending on the end-user: 3D mode for novice and casual users, and a more comprehensive Advanced Mode designed specifically for overclockers and power users. The 3D mode is a bit more simplistic so that it's easier to understand how the BIOS functions, and how each setting affects the motherboard.

"At the heart of this exciting 3D BIOS technology is a pair of physical BIOS ROMs containing Gigabyte’s exclusive in-house designed Dual UEFI BIOS technology, featuring the patented Gigabyte DualBIOS technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when main BIOS has crashed or failed," the company said.

For overclockers, the OC-Touch buttons allow overclockers to manually adjust the CPU ratio, BCLK settings as well as adjustments to the BCLK stepping ratio, to either 1 MHz or 0.3 MHz increments. These changes can be made in real-time, whether in BIOS, DOS, or Windows without the need for rebooting. Also included are onboard voltage measurement modules, and an onboard LN2 Mode switch for dropping the CPU frequency to x16 multiplier during extreme overclocking.

For more information about Gigabyte's new Z77X-UP7 Windows 8-ready motherboard, head here.

 

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    hellfire24 , August 28, 2012 12:38 AM
    expensive :( 
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    idroid , August 28, 2012 12:40 AM
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    "Not only does this help extreme overclockers to reach 7 GHz+ on their Intel Core i7-3770K CPUs"

    What?? THAT'S a kick-ass motherboard
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    zulutech , August 28, 2012 12:58 AM
    I use the previous version of this mother board to OC my 2600k to 5ghz stable, it's awesome. Gigabyte sells some really really nice products ^_^
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    tomfreak , August 28, 2012 1:00 AM
    Orange color = NO! :non: 
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    JOSHSKORN , August 28, 2012 1:12 AM
    TomfreakOrange color = NO!


    Ever heard of a case?
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    dudewitbow , August 28, 2012 1:23 AM
    JOSHSKORNEver heard of a case?

    It's look pretty nice in a high end orange cougar case with cougar fans(which are famous for generally being orange and of course black plastic)
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    master_chen , August 28, 2012 3:54 AM
    LOL, so much butthurt Gigabyte fanboys ITT. Delicious.
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    spectrewind , August 28, 2012 4:23 AM
    zulutechI use the previous version of this mother board to OC my 2600k to 5ghz stable, it's awesome. Gigabyte sells some really really nice products ^_^


    What board is this? Settings?
    I have a z68x-UD7-B3 and a 2600k. I'm no o/c wiz. I can get to about 4.2GHz running prime95 without a BSOD. Any higher, and a crash within seconds. I've run the vcore up to around 1.39v, but am fearful of going higher due to electron migration (processor damage) hazards.
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    techcurious , August 28, 2012 5:05 AM
    TomfreakOrange color = NO!

    There actually isn't that much Orange on the board! The image looks so orange cause of all the orange text.. The board itself has little more than 2 orange memory slots and 4 orange PCIE x16 slots. Most of these will be covered up once you have a couple of graphics cards and memory installed!
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    shimergloom2 , August 28, 2012 5:26 AM
    This looks to be one badass board from the few sources I've found.
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    freggo , August 28, 2012 5:34 AM
    hellfire24expensive


    Gigabyte makes some of the best Mobos out there. I do not recall ever having problems with one.

    Like Ferrari, Porsche or Mercedes.... Power and/or Quality come at a price.
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    amuffin , August 28, 2012 6:03 AM
    32+3+2 power design

    OH MAH GAWD


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    Swolern , August 28, 2012 7:00 AM
    Holy crap LOOK at all those VRMs. Damn!
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    Noworldorder , August 28, 2012 11:03 AM
    Hope it has Thunderbolt...
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    Dangi , August 28, 2012 11:31 AM
    freggoGigabyte makes some of the best Mobos out there. I do not recall ever having problems with one.Like Ferrari, Porsche or Mercedes.... Power and/or Quality come at a price.


    Yeah like the Ferrari 458 Italia, that burn itslef to the ground

    But yeah 32+3+2 is a bit crazy, and I would love to see that i7 reaching 7Ghz and being in the top of CPU-Z ranking
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    A Bad Day , August 28, 2012 11:56 AM
    DangiYeah like the Ferrari 458 Italia, that burn itslef to the groundBut yeah 32+3+2 is a bit crazy, and I would love to see that i7 reaching 7Ghz and being in the top of CPU-Z ranking


    Your first concern would be getting a liquid-nitrogen system...
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    Dangi , August 28, 2012 12:15 PM
    A Bad DayYour first concern would be getting a liquid-nitrogen system...


    That's what the article states 7+Ghz OC, though Crosshair V Formula is the mobo that holds the OC record as CPU-Z says http://valid.canardpc.com/records.php, while only having Extreme Engine Digi+ :- 8 + 2 phase power design, sure is different architecture, but if BD can reach 8.7Ghz with 8+2, what could achieve i7 with 32+3+2, more stability is a given but 8Ghz ?? I doubt that
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    xtwiinky , August 28, 2012 1:46 PM
    How good is this compared to the Z77X-UD3H and other z77?
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    tivatar , August 28, 2012 5:36 PM
    Glad to see more USB 3.0 ports than USB 2.0.
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