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GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Overclocking Results

GIGABYTE EasyTuner 6

Amazingly enough, the EasyTuner 6 applet resulted in a higher stable overclock than via manual means. After clicking the Level 3 button from within the Tuner tab and a reboot, the system booted into Windows at a 4.58GHz CPU speed and a 2080MHz memory speed with a 104MHz base clock. This configuration remained stable for over 14 hrs while running a combination of LinX and FurMark over with LinX running for 500 loops with Memory set to All and FurMark running at 1280x1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode.

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Manual Overclocking

Using manual settings in the GIGABYTE UEFI BIOS via the M.I.T. page, I was able stabilize the system at a 103MHz base clock with a 4.4GHz CPU speed and memory running at a fast 2200MHz clip. System stability was tested over a 10 hour period with LinX running for 500 loops with Memory set to All and FurMark running at 1280x1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode.

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Advanced Frequency Settings page

  • CPU/PCIe Base Clock - 103.00MHz
  • CPU Clock Ratio - 43
  • System Memory Multiplier - 21.33
  • Internal CPU PLL Overvoltage - Enabled
  • Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology – Disabled
  • CPU Enhanced Halt(C1E) - Enabled
  • CPU EIST Function - Enabled

Advanced Voltage Settings page

  • PWM Phase Control - eXm Perf
  • Vcore Loadline Calibration - Extreme
  • CPU Vtt Loadline Calibration - Extreme
  • Vcore Current Protection - Extreme
  • CPU Core Voltage - 1.2750
  • CPU Vtt - 1.150
  • CPU PLL Voltage - 1.7500
  • IMC - 1.080
  • DRAM Voltage - 1.625
  • PCHIO - 1.125

Memory Timing settings

  • CAS Latency - 11
  • tRCD - 11
  • tRP - 11
  • tRAS - 30
  • Command Rate - Auto

January 29, 2013 | 01:04 PM - Posted by KngtRider

" Note that the card requires a USB 2.0 header connection for enhanced functionality unlocked via its Windows app."


Contrary to popular beleif, Mini PCI-E cards are dual mode and support PCI AND USB

On combo WiFi/BT Cards such as this Atheros and Intel Centrino, Bluetooth is routed to the USB pins of the mini PCIE (the small end)as Bluetooth is designed for USB drivers/software only.

Inserting a combo card into a slot wired for PCI only will simply just not enable the Bluetooth.

Some Mini to full Carrier cards such as the one included with this board have a USB port to fully enable the Mini PCIE slot.

Some carrier cards such as generics or Intel's 6205 Desktop card do not pass USB through and as such cannnot use Bluetooth or 3G cards.

Mini PCIE WWAN/3G are also USB only due to the driver/softwre stack.

Getting mSATA to work in a Mini PCIE slot is anothr matter, and some new laptops have a fully universal slot, some motherboards dont. One can see a Marvel IC in the periphery of this boards mSATA.

January 29, 2013 | 08:46 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

KngtRider - thank you for the clarification on the functioning of the Atheros card.  The review information has been updated for accuracy...

January 29, 2013 | 01:50 PM - Posted by Laurențiu Roman (not verified)

Color scheme makes it look like an old DFI Lanparty.

January 30, 2013 | 09:05 AM - Posted by Leo (not verified)

Why does every motherboard bundled software have glossy, flashy and badly skinned UI? Can't anyone make clean, readable and aesthetically pleasing UI? Is it just me?

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