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Ivy Bridge preview with GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H (Intel Z77) and Core i5 3570K - GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Motherboard Continued

We take the upcoming Intel Core i5 3570k for a quick spin around the GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H to see what we can expect from Ivy Bridge next month.

| Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Mar 19, 2012 12:46 pm

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Motherboard Continued

 

As we start to head towards the top of the board you can see the main 24-pin ATX power connector along with another USB 3.0 header to the top left of that. Above that you can see we've got a total of four DIMM slots and like the Z68 platform we've got a Dual Channel memory configuration here.

 

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As for speed, we've got support in the BIOS of up 2800MHz DDR via a memory divider. Of course not only are you going to need really good RAM for that, but you're going to need a really good CPU that has a massively strong memory controller which will probably be harder to get in the end.

 

If all that wasn't enough you can see we've also got a debug LED readout in the bottom corner along with a power button that helps turn the system on and off easily when not in a case. Alongside that big button we can also see two smaller buttons. One is a CMOS switch that will help clear the BIOS, while the other is a reset button.

 

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Moving around the board a bit more we can see the main 8-pin CPU power connector and the CPU socket itself that is really clean looking. You can also see the heatsink setup around the CPU area which looks great and is in that awesome blue color scheme we love to see.

 

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Finally we finish off on the I/O side of things and straight away there's two things that stand out. First we've got no PS2 connectors and secondly we've got a bunch of video connectors starting with VGA, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI along with an optical out port to round out that side of the connections.

 

Moving over we've got two USB 2.0, 1394 Firewire and an eSATA combo port. Continuing to move over we've got four native USB 3.0 ports that run off the Intel chipset and two GIGABYTE networking ports with one running off the Atheros chip and the other the Intel chip. Finally we finish off with six audio connectors that run off the Realtek ALC898 code with support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity and EAX Advanced HD 5.0.

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