Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150) Review 24

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (Intel LGA 1150) Review

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My motherboard reviews over the past few months have almost solely been of high-grade enthusiast products from various brands. There are a lot of board options for those looking to spend $200 or more, and I will cover more of those soon, but there are just as many options if you want to spend a bit less. Gigabyte was one of the first to send me such a relatively inexpensive board option focusing on basic functionality with a few additional things thrown into the mix for good measure.

Gigabyte has been around for a long, long time, and their years of experience in designing board products and other consumer-grade devices give them a level of expertise that might be overlooked by some. In an effort to solidify their product offering and deliver clear and concise design choices catering to certain users, Gigabyte has now launched a whole new esthetic design with their Z87-based product lines. Each Z87 product features a different color to separate it and its functionality from all the other Gigabyte boards. Many recognize Gigabyte's orange-themed OC products, and we now have gold, red, black, and blue boards following the same pattern.

The blue board, the Gigabyte Z78X-UD3H, is an entry board for enthusiasts. Purpose-built to provide a strong, stable computing platform to all users, including gamers who like a slight overclock, it is very much a "sand-bagging" board to me, a board built with many enthusiast OC features that come together to give very decent long-term overclockabilty. None of its overclocking features are actually advertised, but Gigabyte's UD3H boards have been hidden overclocking gems for many generations now. One key indicator of the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H not exactly being what it appears to be is in the bottom PCIe slot; it is connected to the Z87 PCH. Add in its minimalistic esthetic design with just a few slashes of color and the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H really is "The Sleeper".


CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot
3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
1 x PCI slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (6 @ Intel Z87, 2 @ Marvell 88SE9172)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel Gigabit LAN
PORTS:10 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at front panel)
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 6 audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Displayport
1 x DVI port
1 x D-Sub port
2 x eSATA port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC898 7.1 High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6 (5 x 4-pin PWM, 1 x 3-pin)
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (304 mm x 244 mm)
  • Ultra Durable 5 Plus
  • Durable Black Solid Caps
  • High ESD Protection for USB and LAN
  • One Fuse per USB Port
  • 2X Copper PCB
  • Gaming Headphone Amplifier
  • On/Off Charge 2
  • OPT Fan Support
  • App Center
  • EasyTune
  • @BIOS
  • EZ Setup
  • USB Blocker
  • Xpress Install
  • Q-Flash
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