Conclusion: Speaking of price, the packaging is pretty sparse, but adequate for this level of motherboard. There are four SATA cables, an SLI bridge for Nvidia cards and a rear I/O panel shield. Apart from that you have the regular manuals, driver CD and the warranty card.
Conclusion: Before Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, overclocking your CPU involved changing half a dozen settings to try to obtain the highest clock speed. This was because there were so many different ways to obtain your maximum frequency; things were a bit complicated even if you are an experienced computer enthusiast.
Summary: A large market for any motherboard maker is the midrange and industrial sectors. These sectors concern themselves less with overclocking features and more about getting the best bang for their buck. This market is extremely fierce too with big money deals going to whoever can deliver with the best deal. Features like the onboard mSATA and a full array of USB 3.0 ports are great selling points in this space but matter little to overclockers and enthusiasts.
Pros: Dual Card SLI Support, Extra space between video card slots, Onboard TPM for Security, SATA 6, Onboard Video
Cons: VIA controller doesn't like BCLK, Onboard audio didn't test well
Summary: My experiences with the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H were good overall but there were a couple quirks. As mentioned earlier I had some trouble with the VIA USB 3.0 ports. After seeing what a driver update could do, I have no doubt that driver and firmware upgrades can resolve this issue. I think the VIA controller just isn’t as mature as some of the other solutions on the market are.
Summary: The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H represents a more budget oriented offering within Gigabyte’s lineup. "Budget" doesn’t necessarily mean bad, and "expensive" doesn’t necessarily mean good when it comes to motherboards. The question is, "How does Gigabyte’s Z77X-UD3H stack up against so many great budget boards already out there?
Conclusion: Being a mainstream board, the GIGABYTE Z77X-UD3H is packed with some neat features that we often find on more expensive boards. Features such as onboard Clear CMOS button, Power On/Off button, onboard LED debug code, voltage contact points, and Dual BIOS are very useful tools for an overclocker. Even if you do not overclock, the buttons are a handy tool to have when comes to troubleshooting or building a new system.
Summary: There's nothing finer than a new chipset to kick the summer off and this year it's the Intel Z77 Express. In this review PCSTATS will put the performance oriented Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, which is built on Intel's shiny new Z77 Express chipset, through its paces with the exceptionally popular 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processor.
Summary: The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard performed as expected. Some anomalies were found while overclocking and will be explained in the reviewer's opinion.
After an initial balk at going 100% Digital (Power VRM/PWM), Gigabyte has finally jumped on board full circle with their line up of Z77 chipset, 7-Series, and Intel 3rd Generation Core Series compatible motherboards.
Pros: Ultra Durable 4, Excellent Overclocking, 3D Dual BIOS, EZ Smart Response, Smart 6 Software, Lucid Virtu MVP, Intel Quicksync, 3 Year Warranty, DVI/VGA/HDMI on Rear I/O, mSATA Onboard
Cons: Immature BIOS, Not compatible with all USB Mice, Need for PS2 Keyboard for installation of OS, Some Software Not Bundled, Need for Extra Power Connector when using mSATA
Summary: GIGABYTE is going to have a very strong Intel Z77 product stack. If all of their motherboards perform like the Z77X-UD5H WiFi and the Z77X-UD3H did, they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with!