GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H LGA1155 Motherboard Review
With the Ivy Bridge launch almost eight months behind us, many of the first generation of Z77 LGA1155 specific motherboards have now come and gone. What we are left with is the second wave which is always a little more polished and bit more feature-rich. With this is mind, we are excited to get our hands on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H.
This new model has just about everything that you could want from a mainstream Z77 LGA1155 motherboard with a retail price of around $165. It features a digital 3D Power 8+2+1 phase power design, six USB 3.0 ports, an internal USB 3.0 header, four SATA 3Gb/s ports, four SATA 6Gb/s ports, two eSATA 6Gb/s ports, three PCI-E x16 slots (x16/x8/x4), 2-way SLI and 2-way CrossFireX, LucidLogix Virtu MVP virtualization support, a single gigabit LAN port, 8-channel HD audio codec, a dual-mode UEFI BIOS with two physical BIOS chips, and a revamped software package. That's all pretty standard stuff though.
The neat additions are the distinctive red onboard power button, voltage measurement points, POST code display, onboard BIOS switcher, ON/OFF Charge USB feature, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header, and full complement of VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs.
To keep the price reasonable, GIGABYTE have had to trim the fat in one area, and that's in the more niche connectivity features like Bluetooth, mSATA, Thunderbolt, and WiFi, which we haven't exactly seen a overabundance of enthusiasm for amongst the mainstream community. Having said that, with a Z77 LGA1155 motherboard roster that is an impressive, if not overzealous, twenty-one models deep, GIGABYTE definitely have those features available on other products.
For now though, the Z77X-UD4H is the center of our focus, so let's take a close look.
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