We’ve seen quite a few “extreme” motherboards over the years, but Gigabyte’s new GA-Z77X-UP7 takes things to a new level, at least as far as the PWM is concerned. The company is using a new type of power regulation in the shape of International Rectifier’s PowIRstage (pronounced power stage) which is an advancement on the very popular DrMOS (Driver MOSFET) that most higher-end motherboards use today.
So far, we’ve only seen motherboards with a single Thunderbolt port, but Gigabyte’s new GA-Z77X-UP4 TH is the first motherboard to sport a pair of the high-speed ports. However, there’s much more to this new motherboard than Thunderbolt connectivity, so let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.
AMD’s change of socket for its APU platform is disappointing so early into the eco systems life, but in time for Computex the first socket FM2 boards are starting to appear. Gigabyte’s first model is the GA-F2A85X-UP4 and is as the model name suggests based on AMD’s new A85X chipset.