On paper, the Z77X-UD5H sounds like a great board with a ton of features.  It is hard not to notice the dual network ports (one Intel), the mSATA, the extra SATA ports, a total of 10 USB 3.0 ports available (if you have enough USB 3.0 panels), a full compliment of PCIe 3.0 GPU lanes for tri-GPU, a Trusted Platform Module, Firewire/IEEE1394 and a full set of video outputs.  All of this for $180 seems a bargain, especially considering the rest of the motherboards in this price bracket.

Gigabyte has also been improving its BIOS functionality, and is now giving us something that is quick to respond and a little easier to navigate.  We have suggested several features that would be beneficial to non-technical users and enthusiasts alike, and we hope that Gigabyte take them on-board.

Unfortunately, the buck sort of stops there - talking about the software and performance from here on out does not bring gold medals.  Starting with the software, I am sad to say that it is looking very outdated and needs a swift kick in the correct direction.  It has not changed in any way since I first started reviewing for AnandTech 18 months ago.  Some items do not need changing, like @BIOS, but EasyTune6 is still rough around the edges.  It would be nice for Gigabyte to also consolidate all their software into a single clean interface for a user. 

Performance on the Z77X-UD5H ends with mixed results - the motherboard benefits from MultiCore Enhancement, which gives the full turbo-mode of the CPU no matter the CPU loading.  On the i7-3770K this means an extra couple of hundred MHz on standard - this helps the Z77X-UD5H reach the top (or near top) results in our CPU testing. 

The UD5H comes more often than not in the middle in terms of peak and real-world IO performance, but drags behind when it comes to DPC Latency.  In the gaming tests, the UD5H has some preferential tests but others are not so great, even though the board comes top in all the boards we have tested with three AMD GPUs due to the x8/x4/x4 PCIe 3.0 configuration.

The reality of it comes down to the fact that Gigabyte has encrusted this motherboard with many features for a low price.  This is hard to ignore.  Performance is always there or there about, and if you end up not too bothered about fans (or have your own controller), the Z77X-UD5H represents a good buy at a good price point.  Users who want a WiFi controller can also invest an extra $30 to purchase the Z77X-UD5H-WB-WiFi version, at the expense of a PCIe x1 slot.

For offering so many features on a Z77 motherboard for $180, I would like to give the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H an AnandTech Editors' Choice Bronze Award.  It represents good value in a motherboard market that is blurring the lines between mid-range and high-end products.

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  • Dustin Sklavos - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Derp. Well, color me stupid.

    Nice one, though. ;)
  • Belard - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - link

    Okay, you are stupid.

    Well, for another reason. Nobody makes a keyboard worthwhile to replace the one I use today... 1996 era. This keyboard *IS SO OLD*, its not even a PS/2! Its an AT-connector, plugged into a PS/2 3" Adapter into an extended PS/2 cable. A USB convert doesn't work.

    But gigabyte makes many boards with ps/2 ports.

    VGA is not needed on a high end board (lower end $60~120 boards have VGA).

    And actually, a floppy connector *IS NOT* needed of modern boards. When a modern board like Gigabyte doesn't include a floppy connector, they can update the BIOS from within the OS or with a flash drive.... far easier than a stupid old-school floppy drive (I keep one just in case).
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Did you test the VIA USB 3 chip performance, or only the Intel PCH controller?
  • Mustang66 - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Are the two red USB ports on the back 2.0 or 3.0? The paragraph says they're 3.0 but the feature list seems to infer they are 2.0.
  • IanCutress - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Sorry, the red ones are USB 2.0. USB 3.0 on every manufacturer is currently blue (for now).

  • cameleon - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    No Dual link DVI Port on HD4000, so I can't run my old 30" display without dedicated card.
  • Craxit - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Display-Port to DVI-D cable?

    Same prob here.
  • PolarisOrbit - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    So Gigabyte finally dropped VIA as the onboard audio provider on their motherboards. About time- I almost swore off Gigabyte because I had so much trouble with that driver!
  • rickon66 - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    I have this board and really like it. The board package includes a front panel USB 3 bracket so you can add USB3 to the front of your case. I thought that was a very nice addition. The board is built so stoutly that it could double as body armor.
  • Craxit - Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - link

    Has anybody found out how to switch on the board
    by keyboard?

    Can do wakeup from sleep using the kbd but not a cold start.

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