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Gigabyte Intel Z77 Dual Thunderbolt ATX Motherboard with BT4.0/Wi-Fi (GA-Z77X-UP5-TH)

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  • CPU: Intel LGA 1155 Core i7/i5/i3, Pentium and Celeron processor
  • Memory: 4 x 1.50-Volt DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory, Support for DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • LAN:1 x Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Expansion slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot running at x16, 1 x PCI Express x16 slot running at x4, 1 x PCI Express x1 slot, 1 x PCI slot
  • Support for AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI technology
  • Storage: 3 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s, 1 x mSATA connector
  • Back Panel: 1 x D-Sub port1 x DVI-D port1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector1 x HDMI port2 x Thunderbolt ports1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports2 x USB 2.0/1.0 ports1 x RJ-45 port5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
  • Internal I/O Connectors: 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector 1 x PCIe power connector 3 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors 1 x mSATA connector 1 x CPU fan header 4 x system fan headers 1 x front panel header 1 x front panel audio header 1 x S/PDIF Out header 1 x S/PDIF In header 3 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers 1 x IEEE 1394a port 1 x Clear CMOS jumper 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header 1 x power button 1 x reset button 1 x Clear CMOS button 1 x BIOS switch button Voltage Measurement Points

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Product Description

Gigabyte Ultra Durable 5 GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Desktop Motherboard - Intel Z77 Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 GA-Z77X-UP5 TH Desktop Motherboards

From the Manufacturer

GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards combine a host of new and exciting technologies with the latest Intel Z77 Express Chipset, creating a unique range of motherboard designs that harness the outstanding performance of the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors. With an exclusive 'All Digital' VRM design, GIGABYTE 3D Power and GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI), GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards ensure exceptional power delivery and absolute control, with additional features that ensure an unrivalled experience on your next PC build.

Key Feature

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  • Supports 3rd Gen. Intel 22nm CPUs and 2nd Gen. Intel Core CPUs (LGA1155 socket)
  • Dual Thunderbolt technology support
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Technology
  • GIGABYTE 3-way Digital Power Engine with GIGABYTE 3D Power
  • GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (Dual UEFI)
  • 8 Phase VRM Design
  • GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi Card
  • Onboard mSATA slot for mSATA SSDs
  • PCI Express Gen 3.0 support
  • SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU support
  • Lucid Virtu Universal MVP GPU virtualization support
  • Realtek ALC898 with High Quality 110dB SNR HD audio
  • GIGABYTE On/Off Charge with 3X USB Power

Overview

GIGABYTE Motherboards Now Windows 8 Ready
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Includes All Current Models

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 -- The Industry's Highest Quality CPU Power Design
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IR3550 PowIRstage

Highest rated and most awarded Power Stage in the industry.

  • Providing power delivery rated up to 60A, while maintaining cool operating temperatures.
  • Providing Perfect Match: GIGABYTE Ultra Durabl 5 motherboards use both IR digital PWM controllers and IR PowIRstage ICs, for a uniquely seamless power delivery system.
  • Industry Leading Peak Efficiency up to 95%.

2X Copper PCB

Providing sufficient power trace paths between components to handle exceptional power loads associated with overclocking and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area.

High Capacity Ferrite Core Chokes

Rated up to 60A to provide the most stable power delivery.

GIGABYTE 3D BIOS(patent pending)
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UEFI DualBIOS Technology

At the heart of this exciting 3D BIOS technology is a pair of 8MB physical BIOS ROMs containing GIGABYTE's exclusive in-house designed UEFI BIOS technology. With a superior graphical interface capable of 32-bit color imaging and fluid user-friendly mouse navigation, UEFI DualBIOS> makes BIOS configuration a new and exciting experience for novice and experienced users alike. UEFI BIOS also brings native support for large hard drives on 64-bit operating systems.

Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards
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GIGABYTE motherboards, the very first to offer fully certified dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Capable of connecting up to 12 devices plus 3 digital displays simultaneously, with breathtaking data transfer speeds that can transfer 1TB of data in only five minutes, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards offer the fastest connection interface ever on the desktop PC.

Daisy Chain Technology - Up to 12 devices + 2 Display monitors
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GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.

Dual Thunderbolt - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your Motherboard
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GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards are the first to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports directly on the motherboard back panel I/O, with each Thunderbolt port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.

GIGABYTE's dual port Thunderbolt implementation ensures the absolute maximum potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.


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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 32 GB DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Brand Name Gigabyte
Item model number GA-Z77X-UP5-TH
Item Weight 3.6 pounds
Product Dimensions 13 x 11 x 3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 13 x 11 x 3 inches
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Voltage 1.5 volts

Additional Information

ASIN B008LTB3QW
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,460 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Shipping Weight 4.3 pounds
Date First Available July 31, 2012

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A lot of people are interested in this board to build a Hackintosh, so I just wanted to say it works great and share some tips. Most importantly, you do not need a DSDT for this board, which removes a lot of potential for headaches. I built my Hackintosh using MultiBeast and it was a breeze. I have not tried using the include WiFi/Bluetooth as I have no need, but I believe those won't work.

To find a great guide on how to get running with this board, Google for "hacks by alfa GA-Z77x-UP5".

I have both the HD4000 and GTX 660 Ti working simultaneously using the device ID injection Alfa describes. My 660 had some quirks with Chimera (via MultiBeast), and installing the latest Chameleon (r2064) seems to have rectified the issues (downloaded from osx86.net). The Thunderbolt ports will work but are not hot-swappable at the moment, i.e. you need to have any devices plugged in when you boot.

The "3D" BIOS is a bit gimmicky but being able to use your mouse to navigate can be quite nice. My only annoyance with this board so far is the lack of a rear FireWire port (my old GA-X58A-UD5 had one). But, it's probably time to upgrade from my old iSight camera anyway. So, no loss of stars there.

Highly recommended for a Hackintosh build.
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I chose this model specifically for building a Hackintosh as it has plenty of USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt and room to grow with all the PCIe slots. I had to pick this item up from somewhere other than trusty ol' Amazon as they were sold out at the time.

What works:

-My Noctua 6 Dual Heatpipe with 140mm/120mm Dual SSO Bearing Fans CPU Cooler NH-D14 - Retail fits (it can interfere with many motherboards due to its size).
-Mac OS 10.8.3 works perfectly using the standard Hackintosh installation methods.
-I updated my BIOS to F11. It works without issue in Mac OS.
-PCIe. I have a GTX 650 in a 16x slot and it works perfectly. (see note below about the 1x slots)
-All the SATA connectors (7 if I recall) seem to function normally. Some are 3 Gbit/s and some are 6 Gbit/s.
-All the USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports are working for me including all the 20-pin USB 3.0 headers (although the 20-pin headers and any ports controlled by the VIA chipset seem to be stuck on USB 2.0 - Ahh, well. That's what USB 3.0 hubs are for!).
-Audio (although I've done minimal testing).
-Gigabit Ethernet. I found this to cause lockups when the internet connection went out. I switched to an Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter - no more freezes.
-Onboard Intel HD4000 video (using my i7)
-Firewire.

Not working:

-The wi-fi/Bluetooth card. I've read it might be possible to get the Bluetooth card partially working. My recommendation is to skip it and get a compatible PCIe wi-fi card and a USB Bluetooth board.
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I'm running a Hackintosh build with this board, and it overall works fantastic. There are a few things that you should be aware of about this board, though, both in general and Hackintosh specific.

One of the most important things to know, both for Windows and Mac, is that this board is picky about what power supply it's paired with due to its "all digital" power management. A lot of folks dismiss this issue assuming everything that meets the ATX standard will work, but that's simply not the case. My Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-850 SS-850KM would only sometimes work with this board - When I try to power it on, one of the case fans often spins up a tiny bit, then nothing. I've triple checked all the connections and there are no shorts or anything, and have verified both that the PSU works with other boards and that another PSU works with this one. Others have experienced this issue, too, search Google and Youtube for details. I'm hoping that Gigabyte can address this with a future BIOS revision, version F11 and the F12 beta do not fix it.

According to my research, the following PSUs have had at least one owner encountering this issue:
-Corsair CX750 (Forum post on tonymacx86)
-Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850M (YouTube comment)
-Corsair AX860i (YouTube video by babak91)
-EVGA NEX650G Gold (Amazon Comment by Thoraya Binzagr, thanks!
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This board has EVERYTHING going for it. mSATA with intel hybrid drive configuration (takes an SSD and a mechanical drive, and pairs them as a "super" hybrid drive), dual thunderbolt ports, plenty of I/O and PCIe and USB 3, and so on... It's even GREAT for running as a Hackintosh...

So why the low score?

This motherboard is PLAGUED by a power supply incompatibility that appears to be related to it's PowIR regulation technology. It appears that cheaper, single rail PSUs (under 700 watts) tend to work well with this board, but when you get into multiple rail PSUs of higher wattages, people are running into absolutely INSANE incompatibilities!

The motherboard often does not even complete the POST before powering down, whenever you try and power it up on an incompatible PSU. IF you can get it to stay on long enough, sometimes you can run the board flawlessly then!. On my current 950 W PSU, It can take over 100 pushes of the power button before it "sticks". Then I'll get MONTHS of up time! Suffered a power outage last month... a FEW HUNDRED power cycle attempts before it stayed on... It took OVER AND HOUR to power up, pressing power repeatedly, every time it shut itself down!

If you run the PSU under a tester , or another mobo, it's PERFECTLY FINE!!! If you run the Z77X-UP5 TH on a lower power, cheaper PSU, it starts first try! It's absolutely insane, and there are people who STILL don't believe it!

The general consensus seems to be that it has to do with power rail loading balance. Gigabyte used PowIR chips to regulate the power to the CPU, vs the traditional discrete Power MOSFETs controlled externally. Modern motherboards get 12 volts DC from the PSU, then use MOSFETs to regulate that power down to lower voltages for the CPU.
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