Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review

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The Intro:

Gigabyte has been a leader in Motherboards for many years. Their boards are “Ultra Durable” and known for their reliability. Their artistic color palette brings flair to every motherboard they sell. They’ve even diversified into making some pretty awesome Graphics Cards. All in all, they are considered to be in the top echelon of motherboard manufacturers.

Well, the new Intel “Haswell” chip has brought a change to this motherboard giant. The packaging is flashier, and the boards involve new darker, color schemes. Now the inside of your case can be a piece of art too! They’re loaded for bear, and aiming for the enthusiast PC market. They even have a new motherboard with on board liquid cooling water blocks!
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Motherboard Specifications (From Gigabyte’s Website)

CPU (Support for LGA1150)

  • Intel® Core™ i7 processors
  • Intel® Core™ i5 processors
  • Intel® Core™ i3 processors
  • Intel® Pentium® processors
  • Intel® Celeron® processors

Chipset: Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Memory:

  • 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)2400(O.C.)2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz memory modules
  • Support for non-ECC memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Onboard Graphics (Integrated Graphics Processor)

  • 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  • 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160 (HDMI 1.4a version)
  • 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 (DisplayPort 1.2 version)

Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio:

  • Realtek® ALC898 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF In/Out

LAN: Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  • 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  • 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
  • 1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology

  • 2-Way AMD CrossFire™
  • 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
  • (PCIEX16 and PCIEX8)

Storage Interface Chipset:

  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell® 88SE9172 chip:

  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6/7) or 2 eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel
  • * Use either the GSATA3 6, 7 connectors or the eSATA connectors at a time.
  • Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USB

Chipset:

  • Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
  • Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:

  • Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x PCIe power connector
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
  • 4 x system fan headers
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  • 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • 1 x power button
  • 1 x reset button
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • Voltage measurement points
  • 2 x BIOS switches

Back Panel Connectors

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x D-Sub port
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 6 x audio jacks

I/O Controller: iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/Chipset/System temperature detection
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
  • CPU/System overheating warning
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control

BIOS

  • 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a

Unique Features

  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install
  • Support for APP Center
  • @BIOS
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • ON/OFF Charge2
  • USB Blocker

Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

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7 thoughts on “Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H Motherboard Review

  1. Nice review Greg, it’s a sharp looking board.  BIOS looks pretty snazy, I’ll be looking forward to you revisiting the board and sharing more thoughts on it.

  2. For the price, I think this is a really nice board, and has a lot of features that an enthusiast might want. I just wish it had a better PCIe layout. I’m not a fan of having a couple PCIe X 1 slots in the middle of the PCIe X 16 slots. 
     
    Great review as always Greg. 

  3. I agree with Jesse, I think the PCI(e) slots could be laid out better, but overall I like the board. Thanks for the review, Greg.

  4. Looks to be a pretty sweet board. I’m not a fan of the heat sinks though, kind of remind me of logos on batteries. We can always mod that though, right? 🙂

  5. Great review Greg, Gigabyte have certainly upped their game with the last 2 generations of motherboards in terms of feature set, easy to use BIOS’s (be it they seem to omit silly things on the first attempt, that being a minor gripe IMO) and pricing.
     
    I’m in agreement full with XNine as regards the OTT branding resembling a Duracell battery however lol and likewise it would be nice to have the additional room around the CPU socket (it saves having to shop around for an air cooler to fit for example).

  6. I just wish it had a better PCIe layout. I’m not a fan of having a couple PCIe X 1 slots in the middle of the PCIe X 16 slots.

    Consider them Graphics Card spacers :^)

    Since the x1 slots share bandwidth with the x16(x4) slot, they are somewhat superfluous. But, I’m sure some design engineer couldn’t leave an empty spot (or put old school PCI slots there). At least the x1 slots are the smallest slots you can put on a board. Plus, the one guy on earth who needs it, is going to be happy it’s there.

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