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.