Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Unleashed: See specs, Price and More
Published on August 28th, 2012
Gigabyte has recently unleashed their latest high-end motherboard built for extreme overclocking, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard. The new flagship features a 32+3+2 power design, high current capable components like the 60A rated PowIRstages chips from IR, Ultra Durable 5 technology and can deliver a whooping 2,000W of power. Gigabyte also claims that the new Z77X-UP7 was able to obtain a world record of 7102MHz using the latest Intel Core i7 3770K quad core processor.
Honestly when I first saw the gigabyte Z77X-UP7, I was thinking that the DFI’s Lanparty motherboards are revived. If you knew those Lanparty motherboards, you know what I am talking about. But when I saw the “Ultra Durable” label, it’s obvious that it’s a Gigabyte motherboard. But despite its high end classification, the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 lacks Thunderbolt ports, unlike its predecessor, the GA-Z77X-UP5 TH.
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Specifications
CPU Support: Intel Core Processors, 22nm 2nd generation and 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge)
CPU Socket: LGA 1155
Chipset: Intel Z77 chipset
Graphics Interface: 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot (or 4x PCI-E 3.0 x8) + 1x PCI-E 3.0 x16
Display Interface: HDMI, DVI, RGB, Display Port
Memory Type: 2 Channel DDR3
Memory DIMM: 4x DDR3
Expansion Slots: 2x PCI-E x 1
SATA connectors: 6x SATA 3 + 4x SATA 2
SATA RAID: RAID 0,1,5,10
USB: 10x USB3.0 + 4x USB2.0
Audio / LAN: 8-channel HD / GbE LAN*2
Form Factor: E-ATX 305mm x 264mm
Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 Features
The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 is built with lots of cutting-edge technology and features. I have outlined them below for easy reference.
- 32 + 3 + 2 Phase power design – this includes 32 CPU phases, 3 memory phases and 2 VTT phases
- Built with Three True Digital Engine (True Digital PWM), with Gigabyte 3D Power Ultility
- A total of 7 fan controllers
- Ultra Durable 5 Technology that uses a high current components like IR3550 PowIRstage, instead of a traditional MOSFET
- Supports 4-way graphics set up (SLI and CrossFireX) and a native PCIe Gen 3 at x16 that is direct link to CPU
- 3D BIOS utility and Dual UEFI BIOS
- Onboard OC buttons that includes buttons for adjusting CPU ratio, BCLK, LN2 mode; with onboard voltage measurement module, LN2 mode switch, Clear CMOS button and a power switch
- Uses one fuse per USB Port
- Onboard mSATA SSD Connector to take advantage of the technology like Intel Smart Response and Intel Rapid Start
Watch the video below for more features:
The Gigabyte Z77X-UP7 motherboard looks very interesting. It’s definitely a high end motherboard built for overclockers and PC Enthusiasts. I’m sure this motherboard won’t come cheap. As per press release, Gigabyte has not yet disclosed the Z77X-UP7 price. My guess is, this might be priced at around $400-$500 USD. Or I might be wrong and it will land at around $300+.