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Today we will be taking a look at what Gigabyte offer at the low-end via the M-ATX Z77MX-D3H motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H LGA1155 motherboard features Ultra Durable 4 components and seeks to provide a stepping stone for those wanting to build a compact Intel Z77 system on a budget. On Gigabyte Intel Z77 motherboards, Gigabyte have implemented dual BIOS so that even if there is a power surge or another type of fault – the secondary BIOS is used and avoids having a complete system shutdown. Anti-surge ICs have also been included to prevent power surges from taking place.
Overclocking with Ivy Bridge is identical to Sandy Bridge. It is achieved by altering the multiplier rather than the BCLK. So the BCLK stays at 100MHz and the multiplier is modified. The Intel Core i5 3750K CPU managed to overclock up to 45 – 4.5GHz from 3.40GHz, a 32% overclock. This is a significant increase and required 1.38 vcore. Temperatures at 4.5GHz with 1.38v rose to approx. 75C across all cores.
The performance benchmarks revealed that this motherboard can offer similar and in some cases, better performance. Overclocking as per other reviews identified some key advantages were video encoding and raw CPU processing power is concerned. Source
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H Intel Z77 LGA1155 Dual BIOS Motherboard Price $141.44

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