Everything But the kitchen sink!

If you're looking to upgrade to Intel's 3rd Generation Core CPU, aka Ivy Bridge, it looks like the platform of choice is going to be the Z77. Aimed at the overclocking PC gamer, this chipset provides the necessary options to tap the rich overclocking potential of Intel's chips. Gigabyte is bringing its own Z77 motherboard to the table in the form of the Z77X-UD5H WiFi, and have packed it with a stupidly large amount of features.

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Everything But the kitchen sink!
Supplier: Gigabyte
Price: $325.00

Fiddling in the BIOS used to be a daunting affair, but GIGABYTE's 3D mode makes it a breeze with an image of the board showing exactly which area you're tweaking. Comprehensive overclocking options will ensure you wring every last MHz out of your CPU, but our favourite feature has to be the integrated Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 audio system; finally we can wholeheartedly recommend using the on-board audio. PCI Express 3.0 is standard for all Z77 motherboards, which will probably only benefit dual-video card owners.

Another interesting inclusion is the built in dual-band Wi-Fi NIC, which will deliver exceptionally fast wireless connectivity. There's also Bluetooth 4.0, courtesy of a bundled add-in card, in case you've got the accompanying gadgets to go with it.

Gigabyte really has thought of everything with this motherboard ­ it has even included its own software package that makes installing Intel's Smart Response, Rapid Start and Smart Connect suite a breeze. The price might seem a little high at first glance, but when you realise how much you'll save on a WiFi card, Bluetooth dongle and soundcard, it's actually damn good value! This is our new Z77 motherboard of choice.

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Verdict
Don't let the high price tag fool you ­ this is actually a bargain considering all of the goodies inside.
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