Those of you who’ve read sin0822’s review will know that he is somewhat of a hardware guru. Nobody else pays as much attention to the onboard chips, VRM design, PCB tracing and other physical features in my opinion, and this makes his reviews unique. So he got his hands on a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 and has published yet another hardware porn extravaganza, only this time he is using his new high-def camera for extreme close up shots of the tiniest onboard components. Not much escapes Sin! Here are some shots to whet your appetite:
10 layer PCB indicator:
Close up of IR’s 60A-rated 3550 PowIRstage:
Headphone amp and audio subsystem design:
He even explains the PCIe slot layout and design that allows for 4-way SLI/CrossfireX and also includes a single card slot that bypasses the PLX bridge chip to avoid latency issues when not using multiple VGA cards. This is how Vivi recently got his awesome 3DMark 11 score.
Click on any of the pictures above to check out sin’s review on overclock.net. You can also check out sin’s extensive VRM list on his website. This list will tell you if your motherboards VRM is digital or analogue, as well as a bunch of other technical specs that you might be interested in.