GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review - Sandy Bridge On Z77 Overclocking Results

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Sandy Bridge On Z77 Overclocking Results:

Here are the LLC readings for the UD5H BIOS F6G.

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

The GIGABYTE Z77 boards are a HUGE increase over the Z68 boards, while the Z68 boards had a lot of issues, these boards are the exact opposite. Their OC potential is there as well, even in the lower phase count models. It is amazing how much work has gone into making the BIOS and the hardware great enough to OC to the max your CPU and memory can OC. There have been extra BIOS options added for memory OC, so the user can tune at their hearts desire, and then you can find tweaks others did not on other boards and the same board. That is what Z77 GIGABYTE offers, they are using their great ability to turn out a quality product, and that quality is what makes their boards OC great.
Let me say this, the problems that Z68 and X79 GIGABYTE boards have/had are all gone for Z77.
I will talk more about OCing and the BIOS when the 3rd generation core processor is released.. 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

My new OC bench is using a Zalman Liquid cooling system, the Zalman CNPS20LQ which is brand new, and comes in a pretty easy to fit form factor. It can be put where you fit most 120mm fans, and the rad isn’t that thick, however performance of cooling is really great. I was very surprised at how cool is kept my CPU. I have a Antec Khuler 920, and this Zalman has a smaller radiator, however with only one fan(which runs at lower RPM) it cooled better than the Antec.

 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

I used the same Kingston 16GB quad channel kit, but this time in dual channel and on Sandy Bridge. I was easily able to use the XMP profile, and with a slight bump in QPI/VTT and IMC voltage I was able to get this baby up and running. Please note that you will need to set IMC voltage exactly 0.005v lower than the QPI/VTT for the voltages to increase or decrease from stock, for 3Rd generating this isn’t an issue as you don’t need to change these voltages for anything on air, but for Sandy bridge you need to change up these voltages, so you can remember to do that.

 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

Blue seems to be the color of Z77 for GIGABYTE, I personally like black better, but I can’t always have it my way. The Zalman was easy to install and was actually easier to install than the Antec because you don’t need to use a screw driver.

 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

BLCK does very well on this board with Sandy we are doing pretty good for air cooling.

 

GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H Review

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