Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Motherboard

Introduction

The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is a high-end socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors), with a 37-phase voltage regulator. Let’s see what this motherboard 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 Z77X-UP7 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.

Gigabyte has launched 21 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset; we list the differences between them in the tables below. We won’t describe the Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI and the Z77X-UD3H-WB WIFI models, as they are simply a version of the Z77X-UD5H and the Z77X-UD3H models bundled with a PCI Express x1 expansion card containing IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.0. This card is also included with the Z77X-UP7 and with the G1.Sniper 3 motherboards. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article.

Specification G1.Sniper 3 Z77X-UP7 Z77X-UD5H Z77X-UD4H Z77X-UD3H Z77X-D3H Z77-HD4
Form Factor E-ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
PCI Express x16 3.0 4 (x16/x0/x16/x0 or x16/x0/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8) 4 (x16/x0/x16/x0 or x16/x0/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8) + 1 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 1
PCI Express x16 2.0 0 0 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4)
PCI Express x1 2.0 2 2 3 3 3 3 2
Standard PCI 1 0 1 1 1 1 2
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 6 6 5 6 2 4 2
eSATA-300 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
eSATA-600 0 0 1 2 (shared) 2 0 0
mSATA 1 1 1 0 1 1 0
USB 2.0 4 4 6 6 6 6 8
USB 3.0 8* 10 8* 8 8 8 4
FireWire 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
BlueTooth Yes, 4.0 Yes, 4.0 No No No No No
Gigabit Ethernet 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Wi-Fi Yes, a/b/g/n Yes, dual-band 802.11b/g/n No No No No No
VGA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
DVI 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
DisplayPort 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Thunderbolt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Audio CA0132 ALC898 ALC898 ALC892 VT2021 VT2021 ALC887
Voltage Regulator 12+2+1 32+3+2 12+2+1 8+2+1 6+2+1 6+2+1 6+2+1
Price USD 280 USD 400 USD 190 NA USD 160 USD 145 NA

* The motherboard has only four “real” USB 3.0 ports that are expanded to eight using hub chips.

Specification Z77-HD3 Z77-D3H Z77-DS3H Z77P-D3 Z77X-UP4 TH Z77X-UP5 TH
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4 4
PCI Express x16 3.0 1 1 1 1 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 x16 2.0 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 0 0
PCI Express x1 2.0 2 3 2 2 3 3
Standard PCI 2 2 2 2 1 1
mSATA Yes Yes Yes Yes 1 1
CrossFireX No No No No Yes Yes
SLI 4 4 3 3 Yes Yes
SATA-300 2 2 2 2 4 4
SATA-600 0 0 0 0 2 3
eSATA-300 0 0 0 0 0 0
eSATA-600 0 0 1 1 0 1
USB 2.0 8 10 8 8 6 6
USB 3.0 4 6 4 4 8 10
FireWire 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bluetooth No No No No No Yes, 4.0
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 1 1 1 1
Wi-Fi No No No No No Yes, dual-band 802.11b/g/n
VGA 1 1 1 0 1 1
DVI-D 1 1 1 0 1 1
HDMI 1 1 1 1 1 1
DisplayPort 0 0 0 0 No* No*
Thunderbolt 0 0 0 0 Two ports Two ports
Audio ALC887 VT2021 ALC887 ALC887 ALC892 ALC898
Voltage Regulator 6+2+1 6+1+1 4+1+1 4+1+1 10 phases total 12 phases total
Price NA USD 120 USD 105 NA USD 185 USD 250
Specification G1.Sniper M3 X77MX-D3H X77MX-D3H TH Z77M-D3H Z77M-D3H-MVP Z77N-WiFi
Form Factor microATX microATX microATX microATX microATX Mini-ITX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4 2
PCI Express x16 3.0 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 1 1 1
PCI Express x16 2.0 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 0
PCI Express x1 2.0 1 1 1 1 1 0
Standard PCI 0 0 0 1 1 0
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SLI Yes Yes Yes No No No
SATA-300 3 4 4 4 4 2
SATA-600 2 2 2 2 2 2
eSATA-300 1 0 0 0 0 0
eSATA-600 0 0 0 0 0 0
mSATA 0 0 0 0 0 0
USB 2.0 10 10 10 10 10 6
USB 3.0 4 4 4 4 4 4
FireWire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bluetooth No No No No No Yes, 4.0
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 1 1 1 2
Wi-Fi No No No No No Yes, dual-band 802.11b/g/n
VGA 1 1 1 1 1 0
DVI 1 1 1 1 1 1
HDMI 1 1 1 1 1 2
DisplayPort 1 0 0 0 0 0
Thunderbolt 0 0 Two ports 0 0 0
Audio CA0132 VT2021 VT2021 VT2021 VT2021 ALC892
Voltage Regulator 6+2+1 4+1+1 4+1+1 4+1+1 4+1+1 4+1+1
Price USD 180 USD 135 NA USD 115 USD 110  USD 130

Figure 1 shows you the Z77X-UP7 motherboard.

Gigabyte Z77X-UP7Figure 1: Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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