|RAM||DDR3 2400;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-DS3H
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- CPU: Support for Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package. Chipset: Intel Z77 Express Chipset
- Memory: 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory. Dual channel memory architecture. Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules. Support for non-ECC memory modules. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
- Audio: Realtek ALC887 codec. LAN: Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit).
- Support for AMD CrossFireX technology. Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots. 2 x PCI slot.
- Storage Interface: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors. 3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors. 1 x mSATA connector. Support for RAID 0/1/5/10.
- USB: Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.
- Internal I/O Connectors: 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector; 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector; 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors; 3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors; 1 x mSATA connector; 1 x CPU fan header; 3 x system fan headers; 1 x front panel header; 1 x front panel audio header; 1 x S/PDIF Out header; 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers; 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header; 1 x Clear CMOS jumper; 1 x serial port header; 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
- Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/1 x DVI-D port/1 x HDMI port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks
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OF NOTE: there are only three system fan headers on this board, and the sysfan2 header runs at 5 volts. Any normal 12v fan will work, but it will only run ~500 RPM. It is really meant for a 4-pin power modulating fan. I'd recommend buying a couple molex-3pin adapters for other case fans.
The board does not have a speaker built into it - so if you need the tones to troubleshoot while you're building or booting, you'll want to buy one separately. Additionally, it does not come with a CMOS reset jumper. Simple enough to just disconnect power, take the CMOS battery out, and short the terminals of the CMOS jumper with a screwdriver or anything else that conducts.
I upgraded from a core2 system to a new Ivy Bridge Core i5 3570K with this motherboard. System components include two 4GB DDR3 sticks, three SATA hard drves (one of which is a SSD), and one SSD CD Drive. That's all I need because everything else is built into the motherboard (or CPU). The most difficult part about my upgrade is plugging in all the connectors for my case's front panel, a pain because many of them are broken out into single pins. Thankfully Gigabyte does a great job with the manual identifying everything so the hard part is getting my fingers into place. Everything worked the first time!
My only complaint has nothing to do with this motherboard: the heatsink mounts changed ever so slightly from LGA 775's. It seems completely unnecessary, they're only about 1/8" different spacing, just enough that I can't use my old heatsink/fan.
I guess I could complain about the graphical BIOS, it's a bit clunky and I'd prefer a text based interface over this one's GUI... but how often do you have to edit BIOS settings? No big deal.
Okay, to get the obvious out of the way first-- there is NO IDE (40 pin) drive compatibility with this board. I would think that this doesn't need to be said, but if you end up wanting to run an old-but-still-usefully-large IDE drive, you might have to fork out a few bucks for a controller card-- might as well get some use out of one of those 1x PCI-E slots, right?
Everything went off without a hitch on this build. This is definitely more than I can say for my last AMD build with an FX-8120 for a friend. The board wanted to overvolt it by default and it took a couple hours to figure out why it was constantly overheating! Not intended as FUD, just a recent experience to contrast this build with. I didn't *have* to do any special tweaking to the bios to get everything functioning correctly, but hitting ctrl+f1 reveals some settings that, well, you probably shouldn't be fiddling with if you're a novice. After reading about how this board wasn't "overclocking friendly" and, IIRC, didn't have settings for adjusting voltage, etc. I was a little worried. But there they are. The settings are there.
What I like about this board and what primarily attracted me to it are the two PCI slots. I have a lot of older sound gear around and, well, probably could have used 3 PCI slots now that I'm having headaches with the onboard audio (more on that in a bit). Something else to keep in mind is that any modern gaming video card that takes up two slots is going to also eat one of those PCI-E 1x slots and really crowd the 2nd.Read more ›
This Motherboard when coupled with the right hardware is a real screaming deal! Literaly such a good price and so much to offer.
Pros : Great compact size, not exactly MicroATX but very close it is atx but less width.
Has all the connections the average and some power users need!
Looks beautifull I LOVE BLUE!
The 3d bios is really too futureistic for some but i really love it, its like playing a video game. It is very informative and easy to use in my opinon.
Comes with 3 yr Warranty wich is as good as it gets with motherboards, that i know of.
Supports USB 3.0 really well, i can get 137 MBs to and from my rosewill enclosure.
Did i mention it makes coffee?????
Cons: If you even touch the thing without ESD wriststrap on good luck turning it on. Easy to damage in a sense, I had to RMA the first of 2 boards. I am very cautious when i set up systems and somehow wether my doing or not ended up with DOA board and my only conclusion was either ESD or came broken. AMAZON honered the RMA thhough.
For what you get compaired to other boards its a great buy but if broken down feature to feature it should be around 80 dollars. I know this wont change for awhile and it comes at a premium but common give the people what they want!
Other than that i cant think of any, know what you need and want before your purchase. This board has only one PCIe 16x slot and the other is x4 so beware. It is a budget board afterall.
That is all i have i will update as neccesarry. Thanks for reading. SPACESHIP Z77 BLUEBIRD AWAY!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here's the good news: Great performing board at a good price. The UEFI BIOS is easy to work with and stable. Excellent shipping from Amazon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by daniel s mcswain
great motherboard always was a fan of gigabyte though lol so far sice I got the up an running in October 2013 no problems what so ever an we nearing midway in the year 2015 with... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Castlesugar
I bought this board in 2012 for a modest gaming build. I5-3570, HD7870. It's never been an issue, and has held everything together for the last three years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dirk Diggler
works great. i use it to run mac osx. best osx86 machine I've build so farPublished 16 months ago by Airplay user
I got this mobo for an i7-2600 processor. It's hard to find an 1155 socket on an ATX form factor these days unless you're willing to buy asus or some off brand trash, which I was... Read morePublished 19 months ago by FoxThorn