Gigabyte has a solid reputation in motherboard selection for many years. There products range from the enthusiast to the budget seeker. You just cannot go wrong with their product. Quality and long term performance has always been their forte’ and that trend does not stop today with their latest Z77X-UD3H. The UD3 aesthetics has migrated to Gigabyte’s midnight black look we have seen on their UD5 and UD7 products and in our opinion, needed to. The blue pastel aesthetics of yesteryear are rather meh and the monochromatic look is what the consumer likes best. Black looks great in any system build and blends nicely with any hardware.
The UD3H is laid out well as Z77 motherboards do not change much seeing they still use socket 1155. Looks aside, performance is what most look for and the Z77X-UD3H does not let us down. Gigabyte’s new UEFI bios is wonderful. The interface is aesthetically pleasing and it may not be as robust as top tier enthusiast motherboards but is has every adjustment necessary; it is very easy to understand/navigate and that is what we all like when making a choice. Both the Novice and the pro will love Gigabyte’s 3D Bios.
Gigabyte’s EasyTune6 has not really changed in some time and a few of the adjustments in ET6 simply will not work with Sandy Bridge processors. They have very little wiggle room with the BCLCK (reference clock) so ET6 becomes more of a monitoring tool rather than an overclocking tool. EasyTune6 needs an overhaul in our opinion but in fairness, really has nothing to do with the motherboards performance. We hit EasyTune6 a bit hard but as mentioned but this should not be considered as a deal breaker at all. As of recent, we have seen some very robust overclocking software from other manufacturers and we view Gigabyte as one of the leaders.
Overclocking the Z77X-UD3H was a breeze. Within 20 minutes, we reached our 2600K’s high benchable overclock of 5.3GHz which is excellent for a budget motherboard. Some consumers will buy top tier motherboards to simply have the best but we are always fans of great value as well. Why buy something you don’t need, when you get still get high performance for less money?
And the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3 is an excellent example of that, as it performs extremely well and gets our strong recommendation.