Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WiFi Reviewccokeman - November 13, 2012
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Gigabyte has its own suite of utilities to maximize the usability of the GA-Z77X-UD5H-WiFi including 3D power that allows you to manage the power and voltage frequencies to get the maximum clock speed from the platform. There are three separate areas that can be modified: Voltage, Frequency and Phase. Under each tab or side of the cube, as it appears, is a sub menu where parameters for each main tab are adjusted. Under the voltage tab you can adjust a set number of voltages and apply them in the GUI. For frequency the PWM frequency can be adjusted for the CPU, VTT, DRAM, and onboard graphics. Under phase the load line calibration for the CPU can be set as well as the over current protection levels. All short and to the point in an easy to use utility.
Easy Tune 6 is Gigabyte's overclocking-specific software overclocking and tuning tool and has been in use through the past few generations. There are three modes under the tuner section: Quick Boost, Easy, and Advanced. This suite allows you to go as shallow or as deep as the software will allow. Across the top of the GUI are six sub menus that target a specific area including the CPU, Memory, Graphics, Smart Fan, Hardware Monitoring, and Tuner where all the adjustments to voltages and frequencies are made. The interface is reminiscent of CPU-Z in its layout but not how it functions. Under the tuner section the Easy mode and Advanced mode differ slightly with a more granular approach being taken under the advanced tab.
EZ Setup is a one stop shop for setting up Intel's Smart Response, Smart Connect, and Rapid Start Technologies. This option is much easier than having to go into the BIOS to set up a Raid Array and reload the OS. @BIOS is a tool that allows you to update the BIOS from within the operating system by either searching the web or looking for the BIOS file on a flash drive. Auto Green is a tool that can be used to control the PC remotely with a smartphone and put it into an S3/S4 state. LAN Optimizer can be used to manage network traffic.
The included utilities are there for the user willing to put them to good use whether it is overclocking monitoring or managing the PC.