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Intel Z77 Chipset motherboard Review


Closer Look:

Gigabyte has not really stepped forward into the now with the release of this Z77 launch. Having to work in an old school BIOS has its allure but with so many boards now equipped with UEFI BIOS that going back to the old blue screen is akin to stepping out of the jet age into that first plane flown by the Wright brothers. This new implementation is called 3D Dual UEFI BIOS and has two distinct modes. An easy-to-use mode that is just a point and click with the picture of a motherboard and an advanced section that is a more text based interface. In the Easy mode you can adjust the Boot sequence, change the language, adjust fan profiles, set the time, load setup defaults and exit to either the boot sequence or to the advanced menu.


















By entering into the Advanced section of the BIOS you get a more detailed look at the settings that make the board tick. There are five sections plus the Exit tab to explore and manipulate for the best performance and system experience. MIT is the first section and is where the overclocking tools are located. In this section you are able to check the currently applied values under current status. Advanced Frequency settings is where the bclock and multiplier are adjusted as well as the memory XMP profiles are activated. Advanced memory settings allow for the adjustment of the memory multiplier, timings and displays the applied voltage for the DIMMs. Advanced voltage settings is where the voltages to be applied are set and adjusted to the values that best suite the clock speeds used on the memory and CPU.






The System tab gives basic system information, allows the system language, time and date to be set as well as looking at the ATA port info.



BIOS Features is where the boot sequence is set up, the boot logo is turned on and off and the boot priority of the attached drives is setup. The Peripherals tab is where the on-board devices can be enabled or disabled. Power Management is where the resume sequence is applied along with the resume mode for the IGP. Last but not least is the Exit tab that allows the user to save and exit or apply the standard default settings for a starting baseline. Here you can also save and load BIOS profiles.




Let's move on to see whether the Z77 chipset platform is a step up in performance or just a way to add feature set to an already successful processor platform.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: MSI Z77A-GD65
  3. Closr Look: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
  4. Closer Look: Programs and Utilities
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS MSI
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS Gigabyte
  7. Specifications & Features: MSI
  8. Specifications & Features: Gigabyte
  9. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  11. Testing: MS Office, POV Ray, Handbrake
  12. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA 64
  13. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  14. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  15. Testing: Battlefield 3
  16. Testing: 3DMark 11
  17. Conclusion
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