Summary: It was time to build myself a new computer. I knew I wanted a MB that would be compatible with Ivy bridge processor, be USB3.0, Sata6GB/s and easy for overclocking. I had a very good prior experience with Gigabyte. I was previously using a E-58 Extreme. So I went with the GA-Z77X-UP4-TH. I had no idea what a thunderbolt port is for but I was pleased with all the USB ports on the board, the HDMI integrated video card. Anwyay...
Summary: I used this motherboard as part of a hackintosh build, and there are a few drawbacks. The USB 3 ports on the back are not compatible and while some can be salvaged to use as USB 2 ports, it is stil a drag to lose a few and their potential. Also, I have not been able to get the Thunderbolt running yet either, so I while it works, I would definitely recommend upgrading to the Z77X-UP5 because the ports are all compatible.
Could be a great motherboard, but first one only lasted 6 months!
2 October 2013
Summary: I invested in this motherboard after significant research into a high performance quality motherboard for a self Build high performance video editing/ gaming PC I was building. I needed a mother board that was suitable for an Intel i7 processor and had the capacity for a large amount of memory and numerous cards including a large Nvidia GTX 690 graphics card for video.