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Old December 18, 2012, 09:17 AM
windwithme windwithme is offline
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3D Performance - PowerColor AX7970 3GBD5-2DHV3
3DMark Vantage => P33910

StreetFighter IV Benchmark
1920 X 1080 => 383.69 FPS

Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
1920 X 1080 => 100.7 FPS

When running with VGA - AMD Redaon 7970, the 3D performance is very high. Unfortunately, I only got one7970 card.
As single card performance, Z77X-UP7 is above standard. You can see 3~5% difference in 3D performance.
It may be caused by Windows8 or latest AMD driver.
If there is any opportunity in the future, I will test 3DMark Vantage to see the detail 3D performance.

Power Consumption Test
Enter to OS Desktop - 103W

CPU full speed by running LinX - 246W

FurMark Test - 430W

i7-3770K disable C1E, OC to 4.8GHz and combo with AMD HD7970 VGA.
The platform uses none 80Plus 600W Power Supply to compare the power consumption status.
When entering to OS desktop, you can see the power consumption is very low.
When CPU or GPU full speed, the power consumption increases a lot.
You can see even Z77X-UP7 is 32-phase CPU PWM, it doesn?t cause any extra loading.

Temperature Test (Room is 26˚C)
Enter to OS Desktop - 33~38˚C

CPU full speed by running LinX - 80~86˚C

When i7-3770K OC to 4.8GHz, I suggest you to use high end fan or water cooler.
During test, the room is 6˚C cooler than summer. CPU full speed is around 80~86˚C
If it?s winter, the temperature will be a little bit lower.
Under this temperature condition, if you are installing in chassis, the inner air flow will be very important.

At same room temperature, I test the MOSFET temperature.
GIGABYTE launched IR3550 PowlRstage in Computex 2012 as own high end MB new PWM design.
When disabling C1E and entering to OS desktop, it?s about 35.7. When burning system, the max is around 46.7.
The temperature is very low. I will compare it with other Z77 MOSFET in the future.

1.UP7 owns more OC designs and better hardware specs, comparing to UD7.
2.UEFI BIOS has two interfaces for users to choose.
3.Exclusive OC-Touch design and 32-phase CPU digital PWM enhance the OC capability.
4.Using IR3550 PowlRstage latest PWM design to lower the MOSFET temperature.
5.Unique BT4.0 / Wi ? Fi card to connect your all mobile devices.
6.Supporting max 4-Way AMD CrossFireX/nVIDIA SLI technology.

1.CPU voltage in full speed or standby is not stable in default setting.
2.DDR3 bandwidth can be improved.
3.Should use better audio chip.

Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 89/100
Components ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Specifications ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100
Appearance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 88/100
C/P Value ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 69/100

Z77X-UP7 is improved a lot in both hardware and software comparing to Z68X-UD7.
For example, new IR3550 PowlRstage PWMa and 32-phase digital CPU PWM.
It supports max to 4-Way AMD CrossFireX/nVIDIA SLI and exclusive BT4.0 / Wi-Fi card.
OC-Touch OC design is for users to OC in bare system and extreme OC.
The color changes to black with orange which is more eye catching.

Z77X-UP7 is one of GIGABYTE most high end model in Z77. It uses own most high end components and specs in 2012.
As it?s a top model, the price is also high in Z77 MB.
As the top MB product, C/P value is always low. It?s suitable for higher budget and top specs demanders.
Recently, windwithme shared GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 and ASUS Maximus V Extreme, top 2 brands high end Z77.
Mainly, I only do air cooling OC or some performance tuning. I hope itís useful for your reference. :)

This is also post in my blog - WIND3C, All comments are welcome.
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