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GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H is the upper tier of their Z87 desktop board line. The board supports the latest generation of Intel LGA1150-based processors and is crammed full of all the bells and whistles you would expect on more costly boards. With an MSRP of $229.99, the board is aggressively priced to compete with the other upper tier Z87 desktop boards like the MSI Z87 MPower.

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Besides an impressive 16-phase digital power delivery system dedicated to the processor, the Z87X-UD5H features GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 5 Plus technology. Ultra Durable 5 Plus brings several high-end power components into the board's design: International Rectifier (IR) manufactured PowIRstage™ ICs and PWM controllers, Nippon Chemi-con manufactured Black Solid capacitors with a 10k hour operational rating at 105C, 15 micron gold plating on the CPU socket pins, and two 0.070mm copper layers imbedded into the PCB for optimal heat dissipation. In addition to the Ultra Durable 5 Plus power features, GIGABYTE designed the board with the following features: 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports; two Intel GigE NICs; three PCI-Express x16 slots for up to dual-card NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire support; two PCI-Express x1 slots; a PCI slot; on board power, reset, and BIOS reset buttons; switch BIOS and Dual-BIOS switches; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; integrated voltage measurement points; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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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 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
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 DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
2.2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160
* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
(Use either the DVI-I port or the HDMI port located below it at a time.)
3.1 x DisplayPort port, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840x2160
* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
4.Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio

1.Realtek® ALC898 codec
2.Support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® and EAX® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies
3.High Definition Audio
4.2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
5.Support for S/PDIF In/Out

LAN

1.Two Intel® GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
2.Support for Teaming

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 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 PCIEX8 and PCIEX16 slots. When the PCIEX4 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode and the PCIEX8 will operate at up to x4 mode.
* 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.)
(The PCIEX16, PCIEX8 and PCIEX4 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
4.3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The 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™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technology

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® 88SE9230 chip:
1.4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6~9) supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices
2.Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10

USB

Chipset:
1.Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
2.Up to 4 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)

IEEE 1394

VIA VT6308 chip:
1.Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (available through the internal IEEE 1394a headers)

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
4.10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
5.1 x CPU fan header
6.1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
7.5 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
13.2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
14.2 x IEEE 1394a headers
15.1 x serial port header
16.1 x Clear CMOS jumper
17.1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
18.1 x power button
19.1 x reset button
20.1 x Clear CMOS button
21.2 x BIOS switches
22.Voltage measurement points

Back Panel Connectors

1.1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2.1 x DVI-I port
3.2 x HDMI ports
4.1 x DisplayPort
5.1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
6.6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7.2 x RJ-45 ports
8.6 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/System/Chipset temperature detection
3.CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
4.CPU/System 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

 

November 3, 2013 | 02:37 PM - Posted by SirWithrow

Any idea on how to get Secureboot enabled, im getting the stupid watermark on my desktop in Windows 8.1- Secureboot isnt configured correctly?

November 4, 2013 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

I ran into the same isssue on my desktop.  See the MS Technet post for information:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn441535.aspx

In the above Technet post, there is a link to a hotfix that MS just released to remove the watermark entirely.  I installed this on my system and it worked like a charm (I'm currently running with a GIGABYTE Z87X-OC FORCE board).

Good Luck...

November 6, 2013 | 05:11 AM - Posted by SirWithrow

it Worked perfectly!! Thanks

November 4, 2013 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is a PetaByte bigger than a GigaByte ?

November 4, 2013 | 04:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will this support Broadwell ? Or is Intel changing the BGA again ?

November 4, 2013 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Unknown at this point, but if Intel follows there typical patterns, broadwell will most likely be released with a new type of socket.  But again, that is pure speculation at this point on my part...

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