Intel’s Z77 motherboards are finally upon us in anticipation of Ivy Bridge processors waiting in the wings. It appears there’s plenty of life left in Socket 1155. It began with H67 and P67 motherboards which were the original product for Socket 1155. Then the Z68 chipset provided a marriage of these with overclocking abilities and added features. Now with Ivy Bridge on the horizon, Intel has released both the Z77 and Z75 chipsets that still use Socket 1155 and have significantly more features. Traditionally, Intel uses a different socket with new releases but seeing this is a Tick with Intel’s Tick Tock strategy, socket 1155 stays with a sigh of relief for Z68 Gen. 3 owners. Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge are compatible with Z77, Z75 and Z68 Gen. 3 motherboards.
Intel’s intentional delay of Ivy Bridge can be debated for sometime but looking at the dismal desktop market and OEM overstocks, it makes sense as Intel still reins the performance king with Sandy Bridge and the delay undoubtedly helps Intel’s partners manage their inventory levels.
Gigabyte is known for making excellent performance motherboards, and we have our hands on their budget offering of the Z77 series called the Z77X-UD3H. So let’s get it to our lab and see what features and overclocking prowess this handsome motherboard has in store.