First we would like to thank Gigabyte for providing this interesting review sample that combines the features of more expensive boards with the price of a mid grade board. I would also like to dedicate all work and any awards to Drew Briggs our Managing Director @ TechReaction.
A motherboard is nothing without a CPU, memory, video, sound hard disk drive, keyboard, mouse, case, monitor, power supply… So it is a big party inside and outside the box (where a modern home computer is concerned) and every component plays a part, with the MB being the core component. Is the motherboard the most important? No it is not; though, it is necessary.
Being necessary means that, just like the CPU, your motherboard can make or break your build and yes there is a magic sauce put into many boards. The Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H has some of that sauce! It is not the best board in the world for the newer Intel processors but there is no best board. So if there is no best how can it have the sauce? Well a little thing called value added.
This board has many value added features that move it a step above other boards in the same price range. In our view the most useful features of this board are the integrated POST code reader, the BIOS reset button (much more convenient that the jumper), power on/off button mounted to the motherboard, and more. If this sounds interesting to you and this board falls into your price range it could be the board for you.
The packaging is well done without any graphics to distract from what is in the box. Though plain in appearance, the packaging reveals many aspects of the contents that are neglected by some manufacturers.
On the lower right are found many useful features which include a power switch, a reset button, a CMOS reset button and voltage test points for those moments when all else fails, you need to do advanced testing or you need to calibrate sensor software. Located in the left corner is the boot (POST) code reader which is an essential tool for many of us. This tool is the first step after K.I.S.S. (you know, is it plugged in, are the mouse batteries dead…). The POST codes for the GA-Z77X-UD3H are conveniently included in the back of the manual.