Gigabyte uses a pretty simple and overall very easy to understand model naming system for their mainboards, which allows to easily determine the feature of a specific product just from its model name alone. The abbreviation “Z77” in the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 name indicates that this mainboard is based on Intel Z77 Express chipset, which means that it is designed for LGA 1155 processors. the “UP” index will tell experienced users that the board is engineered using Ultra Durable 5 technology, and the last number “7” stands for the highest class of products with extensive functionality. However, you may be surprised to find out that this particular product is targeted for overclockers, although you may have actually guessed that it is so. Only the very first specific overclocker mainboard from Gigabyte had a distinctive model name – Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC, but the next model already boasted a model name, which didn’t really stand out and was very similar to what we have today – Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7. However, despite the simple and illustrative name, it doesn’t really reveal the complete functionality of the product. You can check out the mainboard technical specifications on the manufacturer’s web-site, but they will never mention any existing shortcomings or peculiarities of the board functioning, which could only be revealed during a meticulous test process. Our today’s review should provide the most detailed description of the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 mainboard, which could be only as good as your own personal experience with this product.
Packaging and Accessories
The top Gigabyte mainboards are always packed very thoroughly. Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 is also no exception. It comes in a box made of thick cardboard, with a front flip-cover and a large clear plastic window revealing the mainboard inside. The double-side spread and the back of the box contain a lot of information about numerous features of this mainboard model.
If you remove the colorful external packaging, you will see yet another box made of thick cardboard, but without any pictures – it is solid black. The mainboard itself is in separate packaging with a clear plastic cover. All included accessories are neatly arranged in a separate multi-section compartment:
- Six SATA cables with metal connector locks, half with L-shaped locks and another half with straight ones;
- A flexible bridge for 2-Way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
- A flexible bridge for 2-Way CrossFireX graphics configurations;
- A hard bridge for 3-Way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
- A hard bridge for 4-Way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
- W-Fi/Bluetooth kit;
- Gigabyte GC-WB300D PCI-E Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card;
- Two Wi-Fi antennas;
- USB 2.0 cable;
- Manual with assembly and installation instructions;
- DVD-disk with software and drivers;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- A kit including a bracket and cables for adding a pair of external Serial ATA devices to the system case back panel;
- A module with two USB 3.0 ports for the 3-inch bay of the system case;
- A set of adapter cables for manual voltage monitoring using a voltage meter;
- User manual;
- Brief installation guide in different languages;
- DVD disk with software and drivers;
- “Gigabyte” logo sticker for the system case.