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Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 review

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Motherboard - The King of the Hill?

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Overall rating 8/10
Performance:
8
Features:
9
Value:
6.5
THE GOOD
Rich feature set
Highly overclockable
Support for 4-way GPU setup
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
THE BAD
Very expensive
No support for Thunderbolt
Disparate mix of supporting software utility
More Awards:
Most Overclockable Product


Temperature & Power Consumption

Temperature

The GA-Z77X-UP7 board's operating temperatures recorded at both points were above 40 degrees Celsius! This is despite the presence of its new "Thin Fin" heatsink design that makes up its cooling assembly that is linked up by heatpipes from the VRM heatsinks to that of the board's chipset.

 

Power Consumption

The board also tops the rest in terms of power consumption, but this is due to the presence of more voltage regulation components of Gigabyte's new UP7 standards, that include PowIRstage ICs and high-current 60A chokes. Even if you put that aside, the board does have more ICs onboard that provide for the board's full feature list. All this naturally add up to a slightly increased power draw.