Hardware Secrets
Home | Camera | Case | CE | Cooling | CPU | Input | Memory | Mobile | Motherboard | Networking | Power | Storage | Video | Other
Content
Articles
Editorial
First Look
Gabriel’s Blog
News
Reviews
Tutorials
Main Menu
About Us
Awarded Products
Datasheets
Dictionary
Download
Drivers
Facebook
Links
Manufacturer Finder
Newsletter
RSS Feed
Test Your Skills
Twitter
Newsletter
Subscribe today!
Search


Home » Motherboard
Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres 30,605 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: August 23, 2012
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

The Z77X-UP5 TH is a socket LGA1155 motherboard from Gigabyte targeted to the “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) loaded with a lot of extras, such as two Thunderbolt ports, one mSATA slot, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and more. Let’s see what the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH has to offer.

The Intel Z77 is an upgraded version of the Z68 chipset with the same basic features (Intel Smart Response Technology and Virtu video switching technology), plus native support to four USB 3.0 ports. It also includes the addition of two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times).

In addition, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

So far, Gigabyte has released only two motherboards with Thunderbolt ports, both based on the Intel Z77 chipset. In the table below, we compare their main specifications. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article. For further information on Thunderbolt, please read our “Everything You Need to Know About the Thunderbolt Connection” tutorial.  

Specification

Z77X-UP4 TH

Z77X-UP5 TH

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

PCI Express x16 3.0

3 (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)

3 (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)

PCI Express x1 2.0

3

3

Standard PCI

1

1

mSATA

1

1

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

SATA-600

2

3

eSATA-300

0

0

eSATA-600

0

1

USB 2.0

6

6

USB 3.0

8

10

FireWire

0

1

Bluetooth

No

Yes, 4.0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

Yes, dual-band 802.11b/g/n

VGA

1

1

DVI-D

1

1

HDMI

1

1

DisplayPort

No*

No*

Thunderbolt

Two ports

Two ports

Audio

ALC892

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

10 phases total

12 phases total

Price

USD 185

USD 250

* The Thunderbolt ports are available as mini DisplayPort connectors, so the motherboard has DisplayPort ports available as Thunderbolt connectors.

In Figure 1, you see the Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard.

Gigabyte Z77X-UP5TH
click to enlarge
Figure 1: Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard

Print Version | Send to Friend | Bookmark Article Page 1 of 9  | Next »

Related Content
  • ASRock Z77E-ITX Motherboard
  • ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Motherboard
  • Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH Motherboard
  • Biostar Hi-Fi Z77X Motherboard
  • ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard

  • RSSLatest Content
    ASUS ZenFone 5 Smartphone Review
    October 15, 2014 - 7:00 PM
    ASUS AM1M-A Motherboard
    October 15, 2014 - 4:30 AM
    ASRock X99 Extreme4 Motherboard
    October 14, 2014 - 4:10 AM
    Cooler Master Elite 130 Case Review
    October 9, 2014 - 2:46 AM
    ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME Motherboard
    October 7, 2014 - 2:50 AM
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Motherboard
    October 6, 2014 - 5:40 AM
    ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard
    September 30, 2014 - 1:07 AM
    MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro Laptop Review
    September 25, 2014 - 1:15 AM







    2004-14, Hardware Secrets, LLC. All rights reserved.
    Advertising | Legal Information | Privacy Policy
    All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT -08:00)