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Ivy Bridge preview with GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H (Intel Z77) and Core i5 3570K (Page 2)

By Shawn Baker from Mar 19, 2012 @ 7:46 CDT

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Motherboard

Earlier in the month we got a chance to head down to the GIGABYTE office and check out a large number of the Z77 boards coming from them including the Z77X-UD5H that we're going to be using today. We're going to be quickly going over the board itself today briefly before we get into the test system side of things. We'll cover the board in more detail soon as we do a full review on it.

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Looking at the board head on there's nothing too unusual when it comes to first looks. Being part of the UD5 series means we've got a sexy black PCB and alongside that we've got the blue highlights throughout the board, which make it one of the best color combinations on the market.

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Moving in a bit closer you can see we've got two three PCI Express x16 slots, an older legacy PCI slot and three PCI Express x1 slots. On the far left you can also see a spot for an mSATA drive.

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Moving across the bottom of the board there's the front panel audio header, 1394 Firewire, TPM, two USB 2.0, front panel header, Dual BIOS switch, SATA III port and two USB 3.0 headers to round off the bottom.

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As we turn the corner you can see we've got a total of eight SATA ports on offer here. We've got four black SATA II ports that run natively off the Intel Z77 chipset along with two white SATA III ports that also run off the same chipset. Along with that we've got a further two SATA III ports that run off the Marvell 88SE9172 chip. Finally around here you can also see we've got a SATA port power connector. This is used in the event that you install two or more graphics card in the system. It's not compulsory to use, but it does help ensure that you have stable power going to your video cards which is never a bad thing.

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