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Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

Granted, we love the UD3H and all its features but we would be a fool to pass up the chance to take a look at one of the higher models. The Z77X-UD5H comes in two different favors one being the ‘regular’ one and the other is a Wi-Fi models, we will be look at the ‘regular’ model. The UD5H is aimed at the enthusiast as well as the overclockers and offers a few more features than that of the UD3H. There are more SATA and USB ports, more cooling, firewire and a host of other features that we will get into as we review the motherboard more in detail.

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Granted, we love the UD3H and all its features but we would be a fool to pass up the chance to take a look at one of the higher models. The Z77X-UD5H comes in two different favors one being the ‘regular’ one and the other is a Wi-Fi models, we will be look at the ‘regular’ model. The UD5H is aimed at the enthusiast as well as the overclockers and offers a few more features than that of the UD3H. There are more SATA and USB ports, more cooling, firewire and a host of other features that we will get into as we review the motherboard more in detail.

Introduction to the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Socket 1155 Motherboard

When it comes to Gigabyte and their motherboards you can’t really say too many things bad about them. I have been around Gigabyte for a lot of years. The quality of their products has been top-notch, their reps have been great to work with and their overclocking events have been first class. And I am speaking first hand here. One philosophy that I love about Gigabyte is their willingness to give the overclockers all the tools needed to put on a good show, even if it is personal satisfaction and not trying to break a record. And you really don’t have to do this with their most expensive motherboard. We see how well the Z77X-UD3H did and it is one of their cheapest (price) boards.

Granted, we love the UD3H and all its features but we would be a fool to pass up the chance to take a look at one of the higher models. The Z77X-UD5H comes in two different favors one being the ‘regular’ one and the other is a Wi-Fi models, we will be look at the ‘regular’ model. The UD5H is aimed at the enthusiast as well as the overclockers and offers a few more features than that of the UD3H. There are more SATA and USB ports, more cooling, firewire and a host of other features that we will get into as we review the motherboard more in detail.

Gigabyte’s take on the Z77

GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards combine a host of new and exciting technologies with the latest Intel Z77 Express Chipset, creating a unique range of motherboard designs that harness the outstanding performance of the new 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors. With an exclusive ‘Digital’ VRM design, GIGABYTE 3D Power and GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI), GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards ensure exceptional power delivery and absolute control, with additional features that ensure an unrivalled experience on your next PC build.

Specifications

CPU
  1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU

(Some Intel® Core™ processors require a graphic card, please refer “CPU support List” for more information.)

Chipset
  1. Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
Memory
  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
    * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2400(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

Onboard GraphicsChipset:

  1. 1 x D-Sub port
  2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
    * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
  3. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  4. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600p
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC898 codec
  2. Support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® and EAX® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies
  3. High Definition Audio
  4. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. 1 x Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
  2. 1 x Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

 

  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    * The PCIEX4 slot is available only when an Intel 22nm (Ivy Bridge) CPU is installed.
    * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX8 and PCIEX16 slots. When the PCIEX4 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode and the PCIEX8 will operate at up to x4 mode.
    (The PCIEX16, PCIEX8 and PCIEX4 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
    * PCIE Gen.3 is dependent on CPU and expansion card compatibility.

 

  1. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    (All PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  1. 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for AMD CrossFireX™ / NVIDIA SLI technology
Storage InterfaceChipset:

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0/SATA3 1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2 2~5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. 1 x mSATA connector
    * The SATA2 5 connector will become unavailable when the mSATA connector is installed with a solid state drive.
  4. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected.

2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:

  1. 3 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6/7/8) supporting up to 3 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 6Gb/s device
  3. Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
USBChipset:

  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
  2. Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 VIA VL810 Hubs:

  1. Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
    * In Windows XP, the Intel USB 3.0 ports and VIA VL810 HUB can support up to USB 2.0 transfer speed.
    * Due to a Windows 7 limitation, please connect your USB device(s) to the USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) before the Intel USB 3.0 controller driver is installed.
IEEE 1394VIA VT6308 chip:

  1. Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x PCIe power connector
  4. 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  5. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x mSATA connector
  7. 1 x CPU fan header
  8. 4 x system fan headers
  9. 1 x front panel header
  10. 1 x front panel audio header
  11. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  12. 3 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  13. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  14. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  16. 1 x power button
  17. 1 x reset button
  18. 1 x Clear CMOS button
  19. 1 x heatsink LED power connector
  20. 1 x BIOS Switch
  21. Voltage Measurement Points
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x D-Sub port
  2. 1 x DVI-D port
  3. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  4. 1 x HDMI port
  5. 1 x DisplayPort
  6. 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
  7. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  8. 2 x USB 2.0/1.0 ports
  9. 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  10. 2 x RJ-45 ports
  11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System fan fail warning
  6. CPU/System fan speed control
    * Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.
BIOS
  1. 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress Install
  4. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  5. Support for EasyTune
    * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
  6. Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  7. Support for Auto Green
  8. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  9. Support for Q-Share
  10. Support for 3D Power
  11. Support for EZ Setup
  12. Support for LAN Optimizer (Intelligent optimization network management tool)
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  3. Intel® Smart Connect Technology
  4. Intel® Smart Response Technology
  5. LucidLogix Virtu MVP
    * Make sure the monitor cable has been connected to the integrated graphics port on the back panel.
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows 7/XP
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Remark
  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website.
  2. Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

Closer look

We begin this tale of the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H by stating the motherboard offers all the features that come within Intel’s Z77 chipset. That means that iGPU is there when used with the popular processor, support for up to four USB 3.0 ports, Rapid Storage and Smart Response are just a short list of what is new from Intel. But like a good motherboard manufacturer, Gigabyte did not leave it at that, they added several unique features that the end-user can employ at their leisure. These we will be taking a look as well as the review goes on.

The UD5H is a typical of what we have seen from Gigabyte over the past couple of years. A well thought out motherboard with all the components laid out on a black PCB. And from this angle everything attached to the black are black or blue. We have seen quite a few color combinations over the years. No longer are we seeing the tan/brown motherboards of yesteryear but black laced with blue, red, orange and even green. Just speaks wonders for the changes that have been made over the years.

Sounding the CPU socket is the usual medium height passive VRM heat sinks. Even with the heat sinks sitting on two sides of the socket, there is plenty of room to mount almost any cooler the user wants. The only reason we don’t see every cooler working is because of the memory the user decide to use. Also, surrounding the socket is a total of twelve digital phase power VRM that should be adequate enough for some really nice overclocks.

The UD5H has the same line-up when it comes to the PCIe slots. There are a total of three full length x16 slots, with three x1 slots and a single PCI slot. The two top PCIe can operate at PCIe 3.0 levels but only with an Ivy Bridge CPU with the last one being only PCIe 2.0. The bandwidth of the first slot is x16 when used alone. Of the top two slots become occupied then they both become x8/x8. The bottom slot is x4 regardless. The board has no problem supporting Crossfire of SLI technologies.

In the center of the board is an mSATA connector for using the some form factor drives. This allows the user to take advantage of Intel’s Smart Response Technology. If you haven’t experience this from Intel, it is a good way to not having to format your standard mechanical drive and get near SSD performance.

The UD3H only came with six SATA ports all controlled by the chipset which is its max. This board here has a total of eight using a Marvell 88SE9172 controller for the third and fourth SATA III ports. The same controller Marvell controller operates the rear eSATA port as well. The six Intel ports support RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.

The four DIMM support dual channel memory kits but quad kits can be used as well. The UD5H support up to 32 GB of DDR3 ram ranging from 1066 to 2400 MHz. Intel’s XMP 1.3 is supported as well.

Next to the ram slots are voltage reading points to get a more accurate reading of voltage input into the dedicate components of the motherboard like the CPU, memory and various PLL within the system.

With you plan to run multiple video cards and want a more stable power delivery then two SATA plugs needed to be connected into the OC-PEG ports.

Gigabyte decided to place the power/reset and CLR CMOS button near the DIMM slot rather than near the bottom of the motherboard. This could be to make them easily more accessible when using a lot of cards in the PCIe slots.

  • 1x Firewire (VIA VT6308)
  • 6x USB ports (4x USB3.0, Intel Z77)
  • 1x eSATA (Marvell 88SE9172)
  • 2x LAN port (Intel 82579V, Atheros AR8151)
  • 7.1 channel audio (Realtek ALC898)
  • 4x Graphic ports (DVI, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort)

Testing Setup

Test Hardware:

1. Gigabyte Z77X-UD3HMotherboard
Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Pro-M
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H

2. Intel Core i5 3570K Processor
Intel Core i7 3770K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 8GB (9-11-9)
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Test Software:

wPrime
FuturemarkPCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2011
Super PI Modded 1.5
Geekbench2.2.7
MaxxMEM 2
Futuremark 3DMark 11
Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
CPU-Z CPU and memory detection.

Overclocking Results

Here we have our 3570K overclocked to 4.8GHz without any stablity issues. This was at 1.4v.

At the same voltage as abover we netted 4.7GHz with the i7 3770K.

At 1.45v we were able to hit 4.8GHz with the i7.

Results

wPrime
wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method for estimating functions, with f(x)=x2-k, where k is the number we’re sqrting, until Sgn(f(x)/f'(x)) does not equal that of the previous iteration, starting with an estimation of k/2. It then uses an iterative calling of the estimation method a set amount of times to increase the accuracy of the results. It then confirms that n(k)2=k to ensure the calculation was correct. It repeats this for all numbers from 1 to the requested maximum.

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We’ve been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.

SiSoftware Sandra 2011
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware we strive to ensure that we give our users the best software experience. We observe the industry, try to predict where trends are going, but more than that: we also come up with new ideas on how to measure performance. SiSoftware works with all major hardware vendors to ensure we can accurately measure, report and present performance in the most accurate and informative way.
A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Super PI Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.

Geekbench 2.3.1
Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

MaxxMEM 2
“Is the *little brother of MaxxPI², it contains the same Memorybenchmark routine as MaxxPI² does. So your reaced results will be comparable to Memory / Latency benchmarks done by MaxxPI².”

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Your PC’s performance is determined by the interactions between different hardware components, the operating system and the type and amount of software running. A benchmark provides a set of performance tests that can be repeated with a high degree of accuracy on a wide range of computer hardware.
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs.
Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests that make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
After running the tests 3DMark gives your system a score with larger numbers indicating better performance. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing soa new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states,the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub;Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

Conclusion

Over the years I have went to a few Gigabyte overclocking events and tested many of their motherboards and I have yet to be disappointed with their overclocking ability. The Z77X-UD5H further demonstrates this sense of commitment to the world of overclocking. But getting a good motherboard is more than just overclocking as much as we would like to think that way.

It’s also about quality and features. We know that Gigabyte pours high-end components in their boards and the results of this are clean phase power and longevity when it comes to operate.

Features are one aspect of a motherboard which can make up a customer’s mind when buying one. Many more SATA ports than know what to do with, having an imbedded mSATA port for solid state drives and support for both SLI and Crossfire GPU platforms are a few reasons why one will place the UD5H into the highly recommended category.

The UD5H is about $30 more than the going price of $145 of the UD3H which is not a bad deal. One would have to research to find if the added features of the UD5H are worth it.

I mean do you need dual NICs, better audio (in our opinion) and additional USB ports than the UD5H is the better route to go. But one feature that definitely put the UD5H a better buy is the higher phase power. Result in better overclocks….well most of the time.

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