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Overclocking With Gigabyte Z77X Motherboards

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Unless you look closely, the UP5 TH looks almost exactly like the UD4H on the previous page. They share the same color scheme as well as most of the same physical buttons, switches, and voltage measurement points. The heatsinks look almost the same too, although the UP5 TH’s are notably larger, particularly on the IO hub and above the CPU socket.

In fact, the UP5 TH and UD4H share a number of features in common, including the same processor and memory support, 3D Power engine and digital PWM, and integrated graphics display support.

Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH
Specifications & Features








USB 3.0:

Form Factor: 
 Support for Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Pentium and Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package

Intel Z77 Express Chipset

4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2800(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Integrated Graphics Processor:
D-Sub, DVI-D (1920x1200), HDMI (1920x1200), DisplayPort (2560x1600)
Support for AMD CrossFireX / NVIDIA SLI technology

Realtek ALC898 codec, High Definition Audio, 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, S/PDIF In/Out

Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Supports 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR

3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (running at x16, x8, x4)
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
1 x PCI slot

2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1 x mSATA connector
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell 88SE9172 chip:
1 x SATA 6Gb/s connector
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector on the back panel
Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 VIA USB 3.0 Hubs:
Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

There are a few key differences, however, and it starts with their expansion capabilities. The UP5 TH also boasts seven expansion slots, but they consist of three PCI-E 3.0 slots (running at x16, x8, and x4), two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, and a PCI slot.


The UP5 TH has three total SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA 3Gbps, and an eSATA 6Gbps port. Like the UD4H, this mainboard has chipset support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 with a companion Marvell chip offering RAID 0 and 1, but the UP5 TH also offers an onboard mSATA connector. You’ll never occupy all of the USB ports on this board; it’s got sixteen of them. There are ten USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0 ports, although most of them are available via the internal headers; there are just four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports on the back panel.


That I/O panel, however, is otherwise occupied with dual Thunderbolt ports. It also has a LAN port, optical S/PDIF, and five audio jacks.

One other difference between the UD4H and the UP5 TH is that the latter has more goodies in the box. In addition to the standard driver disc, manual, I/O shield, SATA cables, and SLI bridge, Gigabyte threw in a USB 3.0 bracket and a WiFi/Bluetooth 4.0 expansion card. The card is accompanied by dual antennae, software, and manual.

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Seems like the UP5 board is the best for price/preformance unless you need the features that the UD7 board but for the extra $150 it may not be worth it. I would want to see what a H100i or Thermaltake 2.0 extreme cooler could do with the chip on those boards and what their temps were. I know the H55 is a good budget AiO cooler but I don't know many people that would use it when trying to do some big overclocks in the 4.7-4.8 range.

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Yeah Clixxer I agree but that typically seems to be the sweet spot in Gigabyte MB's. The 5's are awesome, the 7's are blown out , and any thing under 5 seems to be lacking to some degree to me. Just for reference here Gigabyte is and has been one of my favorite MB producers for 5+ years now so I have watched every series they put out. I also love there enhanced (double Copper) PCB's for added grounding, cooling, and resistance in construction.

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After ABIT bit the dust I started using Gigabyte boards and after much research my next PC will be a Gigabyte. And I agree with both of ya the 5's seem to have the most bang for the buck.

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I`ve been using gigabyte mobo`s for like 10 years and never had any mayor problems , so definitely they`ve got what it takes to stay on top , hopefully my new rig will also have some of their new and reliable board .

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This is a good replacement motherboard for a broken PC. Its worth the upgrade!!Smile

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I got a Gigabyte motherboard but is a motherboard really that important? I didnt spend much money on it because imo other things like CPU and GPU are way more important.

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Dude MoBo is one of the most important things depending on what you are trying to build. SATA ports, USB ports, Overclocking, RAM speed, ect are all dependent on how good the mobo is.

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Well i didn't overclock my PC at all yet.. Havent played any games i can run on 100% max and it has 2 usb 3.0 ports i think? But i dont have any USB 3.0 devices and also it costed me only 69 euro because it was in discount from 99 :)

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Heh i'm all about getting a deal. I wasn't saying its a bad choice just that a motherboard can be very important depending on the type of build you are doing. 

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A custom build i got Z68AP-D3 but when i overclock my stuff it stops working after a few days...

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