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GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5H Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

CPU Cooler Fit and Included Accessories

CPU Cooler Fit

To test the amount of space surrounding the CPU socket, we mounted the Noctua NH-D14 cooler to the CPU socket. This behemoth CPU air cooler sports a dual fan construction and two huge vertical cooling towers.

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When running the unit blowing air towards the rear panel, there is sufficient room along the front, back, and left sides of the cooler to accommodate any installed peripherals. The primary PCI-Express x1 port is in close proximity to the left side of the cooler, but remain usable without issue.

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While the front of the cooler and front fan are close in proximity to the memory modules, there is sufficient room to accommodate memory modules with larger heat spreaders installed. However, you may want to use memory modules with small heat spreaders if you choose to populate all slots.

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The Noctua hold down mounts provide a good measure of how much space is located in between the physical CPU socket and the VRM heat sinks. While the mounts do appear to get close in proximity to the chokes and VRM heat sinks, there is more then enough room to accommodate the mounting cage..

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Since there are no components placed on the underside of the board, there is no issue with the cooler back plate mounting.

Included Accessories

With the Z87X-UD5H, GIGABYTE includes the bare essentials necessary to get the board up and running - everything you need, nothing you don't.

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GIGABYTE includes the standard user manual, multi-language install guide, and driver disc with the board. The manual is up to their normal quality standards, detailing out all features of the board in an easy to follow manner.

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The rear panel shield is a base flat black color with colored-highlights and white lettering around the port cut-outs for easy port identification.

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GIGABYTE includes a total of six 6Gb/s rated SATA cables with integrated port locks and a mix of straight and 90 degree connectors.

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For NVIDIA-based multi-GPU configurations, GIGABYTE includes a single two-way SLI cable.

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To take advantage of the on board USB 3.0 headers included on the board, GIGABYTE packages in a 3.5 inch front panel bracket with mounting screws containing an additional two USB 3.0 ports.

November 3, 2013 | 11:37 AM - 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 | 06:04 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 | 02:11 AM - Posted by SirWithrow

it Worked perfectly!! Thanks

November 4, 2013 | 01:24 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Is a PetaByte bigger than a GigaByte ?

November 4, 2013 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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

November 4, 2013 | 07:50 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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