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GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The GIGABYTE Z87X- UD3H is one of the newest members of the GIGABYTE Intel Z87 product lineup. The board features a fully redesigned power system, dubbed Ultra Durable 5 Plus, designed to handle the power needs for an LGA1150 CPU under any circumstances. At a retail price of 189.99, the Z87X-UD3H remains ahead of the curve with an aggresive price point.

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The Z87X-UD3H comes standard with an 8-phase digital power delivery system, featuring International Rectifier (IR) manufactured PowIRstage™ ICs and PWM controllers. GIGABYTE integrated the following feature set into the Z87X-UD3H: eight SATA 6Gb/s ports; an Intel GigE NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots for up to dual-card support; three PCI-Express x1 slots; one PCI slot; onboard power, reset, BIOS reset, and switch BIOS buttons; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; integrated voltage measurement points; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Continue reading our review of the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H motherboard!

Technical Specifications (taken from the GIGABYTE website)

CPU Support

1.Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package
2.L3 cache varies with CPU
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset

1.Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Memory

1.4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
2.Dual channel memory architecture
3.Support for DDR3 1600/1333 MHz memory modules
4.Support for non-ECC memory modules
5.Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:
1.1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60 Hz
2.1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60 Hz
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
3.1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz
* Support for HDMI
1.4a version.
4.1 x DisplayPort port, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840x2160@60 Hz
* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
5.Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio

1.Realtek® ALC898 codec
2.High Definition Audio
3.2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
4.Support for S/PDIF In/Out

LAN

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

Expansion Slots

1.1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

2.1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

3.1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_2/3 slots. The PCIEX1_2/3 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed.
* When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Peripherals," for more information.)

4.3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

5.1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology

1.Support for 2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology (PCIEX16 and PCIEX8)

Storage Interface

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

Marvell® 88SE9172 chip:
1.2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6/7) or 2 eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel, supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
* Use either the GSATA3 6, 7 connectors or the eSATA connectors at a time.
2.Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USB Chipset

1.Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
2.Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
Chipset + 2 Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:
1.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

1.1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2.1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
3.1 x PCIe power connector
4.8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
5.1 x CPU fan header
6.1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
7.4 x system fan headers
8.1 x front panel header
9.1 x front panel audio header
10.1 x S/PDIF In header
11.1 x S/PDIF Out header
12.2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
13.3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
14.1 x serial port header
15.1 x Clear CMOS jumper
16.1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
17.1 x power button
18.1 x reset button
19.1 x Clear CMOS button
20.Voltage measurement points
21.2 x BIOS switches

Back Panel Connectors

1.1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2.1 x D-Sub port
3.1 x DVI-D port
4.1 x HDMI port
5.1 x DisplayPort
6.1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
7.6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
8.2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors
9.1 x RJ-45 port
10.6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

1.iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitor

1.System voltage detection
2.CPU/Chipset/System temperature detection
3.CPU/CPU_OPT/System fan speed detection
4.CPU overheating warning
5.CPU/CPU_OPT/System fan fail warning
6.CPU/CPU_OPT/System fan speed control
* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

BIOS

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

Unique Features

1.Support for Q-Flash
2.Support for Xpress Install
3.Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
  • @BIOS
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • ON/OFF Charge2
  • USB Blocker

Bundle Software

1.Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
2.Intel® Rapid Start Technology
3.Intel® Smart Connect Technology
4.Intel® Smart Response Technology
5.cFosSpeed

Operating System

1.Support for Windows 8/7

Form Factor

1.ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

June 17, 2013 | 01:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"The board began to destabilize"
Abandon ship !
Man the life rafts !

June 17, 2013 | 02:32 PM - Posted by wizpig64 (not verified)

Typo on teh last page.

Just ordered this board on Saturday, glad there were no major hiccups in the review.

June 17, 2013 | 02:52 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thanks for pointing that out, its been corrected.  Its a solid board, just be careful with the BIOS and make sure to update to the latest version...

June 18, 2013 | 12:26 AM - Posted by Panta

Ultra Durable Meaning (for me.)
"Don't worry Our capacitors wont blow up on you, again."

I wonder if that is true & since Ultra Durable, are the capacitors good?

i head GB board capacitors swollen & 3 times blown
back at the AMD XP 1800+ days.

Morry, could pcper do in the future heat stress test for the motherboards reviews?

June 18, 2013 | 06:19 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Good idea.  We'll see what we can do in our follow-up reviews.

Ultra-durable is the naming scheme GIGABYTE uses to collectively reference the board's power design which includes using solid Black capacitors rated for 10k hours, International Rectifier digital power circuitry, and enhanced PCB design.  You should not have any issues with blown caps on this board...

June 18, 2013 | 10:53 AM - Posted by Panta

Thank You.

June 18, 2013 | 07:39 AM - Posted by truk007

I'm glad you reviewed this board. I have been eyeing the UD5H lately and this review helped push me in the direction of a Gigabyte board. I'm glad they still have the legacy parts on the board as they were something I had been seeking.

June 25, 2013 | 09:39 AM - Posted by Walt1227

Would this be a good board to use building a Audio Production desktop PC? With a i7 intel processor and 16 gb of ram and 128 ssd to boot and run programs(main drive)plus two 7200 rpm 1tb or 2tb hhd drives for storing music and VST programs? Does it have wifi capability too?

July 1, 2013 | 07:01 AM - Posted by Lance Price (not verified)

Question,
Can anybody answer me on this? I have a Dell 8200 Tower I know I need all new components for this Motherboard but will it fit into this Dell 8200 case?

If anybody knows what is the biggest or type of new motherboard will fit in this tower or is it just Dell proprietary motherboard specific?

What I want is a new fast cpu as cheap as possible now it does not need to be blazing fast like this motherboard but what would anybody recommend? I will run Linux for free not Windows to save money. I am a CS BA just unfamiliar with building CPU hardware/configuring. Is it possible to get a decent CPU in this Dell 8200 Tower for < 300 $?

I really appreciate any help or links anything I need a CPU at home because work wont let me take home my sweet Mac Book Pro so I am stuck with no PC at home. I do have a Dell 24 inch monitor Flat panel and a small 15 flat panel so all I need to do is build a tower cheap.

I know Pricewatch.com is a good site but what to all buy to create a good PC. OK one more stupid question can I build a new CPU that will run OSX with a 64 bit chip?

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