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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
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Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
4th Generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Pentium, and Celeron (LGA 1150)


Intel Z87


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
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
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express 2.0 x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Slots

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s by Intel Z87
2 x SATA 6Gb/s by Marvell 88SE9172
6 x SATA 6Gb/s by Intel Z87 Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
2 x SATA 6Gb/s by Marvell 88SE9172 Support RAID0/1

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC898
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel i217V
Max LAN Speed

Rear Panel Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
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
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

Physical Spec

Form Factor
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin


Thermal: Chipset + 2 MOS heatsink

DuaL BIOS (128Mx2) with new UEFI BIOS interface 

8 Digital CPU VRM phase

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Xpress Install

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.
-EZ Setup
-ON/OFF Charge2
-USB Blocker

2-Way CrossFire Support

2-way SLI Support (2-way bridge)


Package Contents
4 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
1 x nVidia SLI Bridge Connector
GIGABYTE Driver Disc
GIGABYTE Case Sticker
User's Manual
Multilingual Installation Guide

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD3H

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4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to review

Pros: Just an update to my previous review. I was able get a video card and installed it in the computer. Tested out the first PCI-E slot and it worked as it should. The game that I had tested called loadout. Frames with the onboard video were 25-30. After installing the GTX 560 frames shot up to over 120!

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: I updated this review because I have seen other people having troubles with the PCI-E slot. In my case there are no issues.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 4/18/2014 7:26:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Overall a pretty solid and well performing MB. The CPU is an i7-4770K with 16Gb of RAM, a 250Gb SSD (C: drive) and a 1Tb HDD (D: drive).

Cons: I bought 2 of these MB's for 2 builds, both at Revision 1.1, and have the same issues on both MB's:

1.) Running a single 24" display at 1920x1200 works fine with the on board graphics adapter. Running 3 of the same displays with the on board graphics adapter is not possible. I circumvented this issue by purchasing a GB GTX-760 4Mb video card and all is well on the video front.

2.) I am using a Microsoft wireless mouse and keyboard with its USB connected receiver. When I plug the USB receiver into any of the rear USB ports, the mouse and keyboard performance suffers terribly to the point of not being able to use them reliably. Plugging the same USB receiver into any of the 2 USB port on the front of my mid tower, and the mouse and keyboard perform flawlessly. Plugging any other device to a rear USB port causes the mouse and keyboard to perform poorly.

The 2 front USB ports are connected to the USB3.0 header at the bottom of the MB. I upgraded the BIOS to F9 and applied all of the latest Windows 8.1 drivers the Gigabyte App Center recommended. Windows 8.1 64 bit is also current and up to date.

Other Thoughts: I am pleased with this MB and its performance and features. However, I am not pleased with the 2 issues I have encountered.

I have worked around the video issue on 1 system with multi monitors by incorporating a video card. The other system uses a single monitor and currently performs well, and if and when I decide to add additional monitors will more than likely include a video card.

The USB3.0 issue is important to me and I have spent many frustrating hours trying to troubleshoot a problem I should not be having.

I would NOT recommend the G87X-UD3H unless Gigabyte resolves the 2 issues I cited. I am hopeful Gigabyte support will come through and develop a fix for these issues. From reading other G87X-UD3H reviews apparently I am not alone with these issues.

I hope others find my review useful.

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Strong and sturdy motherboard. Solid construction. Even the included back panel was sturdy.
All motherboard components are easily accessible, with the exception of the right angle SATA ports.
Included driver disc works perfectly for the initial operating system install, however updated drivers and BIOS files are available online for download (GET THEM).
Full Intel Haswell support (LGA 1150).
Convenient LED Displays and Button schemes on the board. No more shorting/flipping jumpers.
Excellent expansion options, PCIe 16x/1x and 32 Bit, as well as USB/Audio headers.
TPM Support- not many motherboard manufactures have mainstreamed this.
UEFI BIOS is highly customizable, many options to choose from.
Overclocking potential, although limited options to manipulate.
Low FSB Heat output. Many onboard thermal sensors.
Many Fan Headers to work with, especially for water-cooled setups.
UEFI Bootloader is functional.

Cons: USB3.0 Support is weak during preinstall, non-UEFI boot, and during normal Windows operations.
Any connected USB storage devices will not be immediately recognized after returning from sleep/hibernate mode.
BIOS must be updated to correct certain bugs and BSODs that occur during operating system install and daily usage. The latest BIOS temporarily addresses the USB issues shown above, but there are still bugs to be worked out.
PCI Express bandwidth is divided up among installed peripherals.
For Crossfire/SLI: each added card will split the available bandwidth; 16x-8x-4x will be the order, for each card added, under PCIe 3.0 specifications.
The PCIe 1x ports operate under PCIe 2.0 specifications.
I am not sure if the 16x ports will downgrade to 2.0 specifications if the 1x slots are allocated.
Onboard multiple display support is weak (using Intel’s integrated graphics); a GPU is required.
Enabling External eSATA ports will disable the two internal SATA ports (Marvell Controller).
Internal UEFI BIOS update utility is buggy. I highly advise users to use the Windows application to update.
Right-Angle SATA ports are an inconvenience in small chassis/cases.
Installed RAM Specifications were not automatically detected, however, the settings can be corrected easily through the BIOS. I suggest you stick to your stock timings, as overclocking with 4 installed RAM modules immediately resulted in consistent BSODs.
Driver support for Windows 7 x64 is stronger than Windows 8/8.1 x64.
Audio through HDMI seems to lose sync with video output. Alternative solution: map audio through either the analog connections or the optical output.
Strange humming noise was being emitted through the analog audio connectors until updated drivers from Realtek were installed.
Gigabyte’s included software is bloatware (resource intense) to the operating system, however some software may be useful to some users.
Intel’s RAID Controller conflicts with the Marvell RAID Controller; either you use one or the other, not both. If the Marvell controller is being used and both internal SATA ports are occupied, Hot-Plug Support no longer is a stable option.

Other Thoughts: System Configuration
Case: Fractal R4 (N82E16811352020)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast TX650 (N82E16817139020)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H (N82E16813128592)
CPU: Intel i5-4570 [Socket 1150] (N82E16819116896)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz 16GB (4x4GB) (N82E16820231315)
GFX: Integrated Intel HD Graphics
SDD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (9SIA2W00ZD1539) x2
HDD: WD40EFRX 4TB (N82E16822236599)
OPTI: LG WH12LS38 Bluray Burner (N82E16827136239)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 and Windows 8 Pro (x64)

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2 out of 5 eggsUpdate..Gpu issues

Pros: I really liked the GA-Z87Z-UD3H. It is a good for overclocking. Works well if you are not experience Gpu issues.

Cons: This board has some serious Gpu issues its seemed to be working fine for me for my initial review but soon had problems with my ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 with Display Driver not responding and or system hanging and having to be rebooted or the card only running at 10% , you would think it was the card but wrong! the card works in all of my other 5 systems also my ASUS GTX680-DC2OC-2GD5 has the exact same problems on this board. Its hit or miss with this board my GTX 570 and my GTX560TI works just fine on this board.

Other Thoughts: I contacted Gigabyte with this problem but they refuse to own up to this problem, I called twice and was giving the same answer. If you simply google "GA-Z87Z-UD3H Gpu issues" you will see many, many others with problems or you can just read the other Newegg Reviews on Gigabyte Z87 lineup, I'm not here to bash, I just want to warn others before you getting stuck with a board you cant use a 400$ Gpu on! GIGABYTE Please work on this, you can loose alot of Customers, you lost me simply by not owning up to this on your Bios!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 108693 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Cameron C.
  • 4/8/2014 4:17:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGPU Issues

Pros: * Pleasing aesthetics
* Excellent Design, well organized with plenty of expansion possibility.
* 8 SATA Ports
* Onboard GPU

Cons: * BIOS Issues
* Reported issues with RAM, thus far I've yet to encounter it.
* Reported GPU Issues, ENCOUNTERED

Other Thoughts: I own an SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 GPU and Intel I5 4670 CPU. I purchased this motherboard and CPU in a general attempt to upgrade my computer for streaming capabilities. I originally purchased this motherboard upon the strong recommendation of a tech savvy friend of mine. That, and my prior motherboard was a GIGABYTE product so I felt it was a good and reliable brand.

Thus, when I first ordered this product, I was incredibly excited. Yet, I have quickly discovered this motherboard has a variety of issues and I truly regret this purchase.

I would formally recommend customers to consider a different model, as GIGABYTE is normally a good brand even if this one is a flop.

Since I purchased this, I've discovered the GA-Z87X has had a variety of reported BIOS, RAM, and GPU issues. Investigating upon Tom's Hardware, Newegg Reviews, and elsewhere, I've came across several of these reports and an issue of my own. When I first hooked up and prepared my rig, it powered on without a single problem. I went ahead and installed the proper drivers for this motherboard and my Radeon HD 7950 on a fresh install of Windows 7 64Bit and powered off for the next.

The next day, after work, the device began to power as per normal. Yet, the boot process drug out into a torturous affair. With the LED indicator on the motherboard reading A0 and my peripherals powered up, my monitors refused to pick up a signal. Thinking it might be a small glitch, I reset the PSU and started it up again. Same error.

I've found, after countless trial and error, that out of every ten boot cycles, the motherboard detects and receives signal from my GPU perhaps 15% of the time. On these failures, I'm forced to restart the computer and wait for the motherboard to trudge along through its normal checks and initializations that are... Well, excessively long, ranging at times three to four minutes. I'm not even sure why it's having to go through these, as every other motherboard I've encountered seems to boot through this process in under ten seconds. Outside of this, the GPU now randomly fails on this motherboard and causes a critical crash. I'm unable to even stream now due to this and I'm losing money from my normal subscribers.

If the GPU is removed and the onboard graphics used, it boots fine every time even if it remains a slow process. Concerned that the GPU may of mounted improperly, I've remounted it several times and even reassembled my old computer to mount and test it. On my old rig, it runs without a single issue.

IF anyone knows how to circumvent the above issues, I'd love to know. It's made this product a pain to own and use.

Realistically, I'm a casual tech user who enjoys video games and streaming as a side job. I DO NOT recommend this product.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 108526 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte has never let me down

Pros: -Quality look & heft with decent board layout & sleek yet functional chipset heatsinks .
-Long & happy history with Gigabyte products, support (when needed) and their “Ultra Durable” line
-The red onboard power button is handy, looks cool and the LED display took me back to the golden days of Abit boards.
-Quick toggling between modern BIOS and classic BIOS.
-Gigabyte’s website easy to navigate & find drivers, BIOS, manual.
-Gigabyte’s APP Center software moderately helpful. Live Update works well, which I have been using it for years.
-Good selection of straight & 90 degree SATA cables included. Reasonably good onboard SATA config options, with 2 Marvell ports that can run in RAID/AHCI and the other 6 having the ability to do RAID, AHCI or IDE. 2 of the ports can be switched between eSATA & Internal SATA (The BIOS calls it gSATA). All 6 have to be set to the same - See cons for my minor SATA complaint.
-Great compatibility with Windows 7 & 8 x64 with minimal need to add/update missing drivers.
-Smokin’ fast Intel Gigabit LAN.

Cons: No Major Cons found… Minor Cons (i.e. can be worked around) and/or things of note:
-As noted by other users, plan on updating the BIOS as soon as you power it up and have a FAT-formatted USB drive handy for the binary file.
-BIOS has way more menus/features than I would ever use.
-Even the manual is a bit confusing regarding getting DDR3 in the dual-channel slots, so make sure you match the 2 ram sticks to the same color (e.g. Use both black slots, then both grey slots with 4). It seems as though all of the motherboard manufacturers use different standards with this.
-Gigabyte’s EasyTune software not very useful, even for making temporary changes for testing purposes. I only had success when I did the overclocking in the BIOS.
-I know it adds to the complexity, but I would have liked 2 of the 6 SATA ports to have the ability to independently switch to IDE for best optical drive compatibility. I found a workaround, $20 later.

Other Thoughts: I retired the trusty MSI NF980-G65 motherboard in my main Video Editing machine due to ongoing temp issues with the Northbridge. Happily the GA-Z87X-UD3H was its replacement, matched with an i5 4430 and 8GB of G.Skill Sniper RAM, a preferred brand/model that was also on Gigabyte’s RAM compatibility list for this board. I immediately updated the BIOS and it was smooth sailing through a Windows 8.1 x64 install then later, after I again remembered why I dislike Win8.1 for a strictly desktop enviornment, I installed Win 7 Pro x64. With the default settings, this board was rock-solid stable and I was fairly impressed. But digging around the BIOS, the temptation was too great and I upgraded the processor to an i5 4670K so that I could see what the board could really do and was not disappointed. I have a stable overclock of 4.3GHz with a Cooler Master GeminII and it is the first time I have ever had a machine that calculated 1 Million digits in Hyper PI in under 9 seconds! My fastest Phenom II Quad Core (3.8GHz ) Hyper PI times were almost double that. Yes, there are certain tasks Intel processors are clearly superior for and I really like the value of i5 Processors. The IDE issue mentioned in the Cons section was that I have two IDE Pioneer DVR-115D DVD Drives with silver faceplates that have served me faithfully since 2009. In addition to the rarity of silver faceplate optical drives these days, these drives have been phenomenal and I couldn’t let them go easily. Of course, there are hardly any (if any) high-end motherboards these days with IDE sockets, but I was able to find a great solution in the StarTech PEX2IDE PCI-e to IDE adapter. It is handy to have a decent amount of slot expansion options. As mentioned in the Pros, I have been a long-time fan of Gigabyte and the PC next to this one is my Media/Web Server housing a Gigabyte MA790GP-UD3H with 6TB of media space. It has been serving out web pages & video continuously since 2008, so I have personally seen Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable claim in action. I fully expect that the GA-Z87X-UD3H will serve me just as well and give it 5 eggs for both my experience so far and the hope of Ultra Durability in the future.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Generic Workhorse

Pros: Clean layout and design, easy to install,reasonable documentation and features.

Great Board if you are looking for a higher end Work Horse PC or a non-Gamer looking for a cheap high performance board. I’m a SW engineer who does a fair amount of Linux and embedded apps often on processors embedded on PCIe boards and used to be a HW engineer who had designed using PCI buses. When I change the board in my PC case, it’s usually every 4-5 years so I want something that doesn’t have to be the very fastest, but also not a dog a few years down the line. For me flexibility, peripherals, and slots are meaningful things if you want to understand my perspective. When I had the opportunity to evaluate this MB I first spent time looking through current offerings to see what is out there.

Three years ago I had to specify development stations for dozen other SW engineers on a project we were on and chose a Gigabyte MB. There were no complaints about those stations ever. So far Gigabyte has never burned me through several iterations of PCs both professionally and personally.

Cons: I configured my board to run with 4 monitors which I use for SW developing, not for gaming. One of the things I found as I was setting up and reading the literature is that the x16 slots share bandwidth, and if you populate two of the PCIe x16 slots with video cards, both will operate at x16. If you aren’t familiar with PCIe, a 16x card can operate at the lower rates (x8). If you are a gamer going after maximum frame rate, you will find this as a bummer (technical term), but for anyone else there really isn’t much out there in the generic PC world that really needs a x16 slot. Running generic PC apps on a x4 graphics card (even some CAD software), this will still be great.

From a marketing point, having all the fat x16 slots on the board makes it look a little hotter than it really is, though only one will deliver x16 and not if you’re using the one next to it. You could call it false advertising – but it will also allow you to use cards with a higher lane count to physically operate in the system – so it would be my preference to have them even if it may appear slightly deceiving.

If it wasn't for this, I would have given 5 eggs.

Other Thoughts: One of the things I really did like about this is that it is dual BIOS UEFI and generic which is really handy going into the future. If you don’t know about UEFI, it is a generic abstracted interface to the host OS which is much easier to run emulators on which support it since they don’t have to understand different BIOS types. It is deep and complex, almost like an OS itself but you don’t have to learn it, you just use it and it (should) make your life easier when running virtual OS’s. Your OS (Windows 8, Linux, etc) will access it as the device driver making it possible for device manufacturers (eventually) just to supply a UEFI driver and any O.S. should work with it so long as they support UEFI.

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3 out of 5 eggsGood now now, but not sure about long term.

Pros: Motherboard comes packaged well. Upon opening it, it feels sold and the head sinks are well supported. The layout of the board is also good, allowing easy access to SATA and other ports.

Cons: The first thing you need to do is update the BIOS. This isn't really a con, but does need to be done, as other reviews have stated there are issues with shipping BIOS.

At this price, I would expect more than 2 SATA cables. My ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 board from 2001 came with 6 SATA, and other cables as well.

Other Thoughts: I removed my ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro Gen 3 board I've been using since 2011 from my Cooler Master case and put in this Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H board without any problems. I did have to use an Intel i7 LGA-1150 CPU, since the other CPU I had been using was an Intel 2600K LGA-1155.

I installed my same RAM (Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB DDR3 2133MHz), Video Card (PNY VCGGTX560TXPB-OC2-S GeForce GTX 560 Ti), CPU Heatsink (Noctua NH-D14), Hard Drives (Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 2TB), and Enermax 800W power supply.

After everything was connected, I flashed the BIOS and easily set it up. At first I decided not overclocking the CPU or the RAM, so there would be no issues.
Then got my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate configured with the drivers that are needed for the board (which did take about 45 minutes). After that it was all up and running.

After no issues for a few days, I decided to overclock the RAM from 1600MHz to the 2133MHz that I had been using before. Again this was simple to do in the BIOS, and I ran some tests, such as Super Pi, Intel Burn, Prime95 and memory testers to make use it was solid. Then after several days of stability, I then started to increase the CPU's speed and voltage little by little. I have a lot of experience with CPU overclocking, and don't think the "automatic" settings, since they usually give the processor more voltage than is needed, and create higher temps. But if you gradually increase, after trial-and-error in a few days you can find a good OC speed with voltage that will be just right. But with most mid-range boards, you can't OC the CPU too much, or will get boot errors and shut-downs.

Once all this was done, I've been running the board stable for a week now with no issues. But in all honestly, I do like my ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Pro Gen 3 board better. It seems to have more features, and actually seems to run faster (but not sure why).

Overall, this is a good mid-range Z87 board, but at this price, you might as well spend a bit more and go with a top-tier board with more features, better overclocking, and added expandability.

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  • Ralph N.
  • 4/2/2014 7:13:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board but ...

Pros: My Pros come from a hardware standpoint.
- Well built
- Gigabyte tech support has improved since its past. Reached them quickly and they were competent and helpful.
- 6Gb/s internal SATA connections (6 Intel and 2 Marvel) provide excellent flexibility considering current generation of HDs and SSDs.
- On-board Intel video (HD4600) is a solid performer in case your graphics card is getting a bit old.
- On-board audio acceptable unless you’re an audiophile.
- LED diagnostic display that can be extremely helpful should you encounter boot hardware problems.
- I’m going to shift this board from my test bench over to my main rig for further testing, overclocking etc.

Cons: My Cons come from the software and bios shipped with the board.
- You should be comfortable flashing bios and loading drivers before buying this board.
- Included driver CD and on-board bios, no joy.
- I had to flash the bios (to F9 from the installed F7) to get setup stable. Bios flash required a DOS bootable USB stick to flash in my case. I keep getting an outdated flash utility message when I tried to use the original F7 internal bios utility.
- My Windows 7 64bit system did not function well till I downloaded the newest drivers from the Gigabyte web site. It didn’t crash but a number of application failures when working in Windows.

Other Thoughts: - I would give this board 5-eggs based on its hardware and features considering it is a mid-priced board.
- I give this board 1-egg based on bios and drivers shipped with it.
- You can adjust my overall egg score based on your expertise.
- 8 phase power design (first generation) seems to work fine. It is the voltage stability that really counts and we’ll see how that goes when I try to overclock the board.
- Haven’t tested with 4 sticks RAM. Some folks see problems there.

Test-bench setup:
Corsair 1600 6gig x 2 (CMP12GX3M3A1600C9)
Seagate 80G with preinstalled Windows 7 64bit, fully updated
LG DVD burner

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid board.

Pros: *The first thing I noticed when I got this motherboard was how heavy the box was. The board was in an antistatic bag inside the typical motherboard box. Also inside the box 4 SATA cables, SLI Bridge, Backplate, Utilities disk, multilingual installation guidebook, user's manual and Gigabyte name plate sticker.

*If you have a good idea of what you are doing I recommend you use the User's Manual for installation as its much more detailed and informative. The multilingual guidebook is vague, but coveres many different languages.

*I love the smell of new Hardware! Upon removing the motherboard from the bag heres some things I noticed right away. This thing is SOLID! Maybe it has to do with the “Ultra Durable” series board, but none the less its a good strong board. It does not feel flimzy at all. The heatsinks on this board are larger than they appeared in the pictures. There was a red powerbutton on the board by the ram slots. After doing some reading and I will quote from the users guide “The power button and reset button allow users to quickly turn on/off or reset the computer in an open-case environment...” this is perfect for testing and can come in very handy when swapping out hardware. This is a very nice feature to this board I am sure I will use it often. Quality stuff went into this board, The capacitors are solid, extra copper. The board doesn't bend when adding pressure installing ram and wires... Great! The board has 10 USB 3.0 connections and Lots of fan headers.

*Every case is different, I decided to buy an antec GX500. Using the motherboards user manual it was pretty straight forward where to plug everything in. The motherboard itself has very detailed labels of where each wire should go. I know this is not a review of the case, but I want to add that the case came with red, padded washers that I decided not to use when screwing in the motherboard. I only used the mounting screws that came with the case. I loved the quality of the backplate on this motherboard. I never expected it. I have only seen backplates that are simply tin plates, this one was padded and insulated.

*The hard drive I used was a 2T seagate barracuda Sata 6.0Gb/s. I liked the angled sata headers off the motherboard. I have had boards that use them before its nice to hide the wires and good for cable management. I installed the DVD drive into port 0 and the hard drive into port 1. Had NO boot issues at all. Using crystaldiskmark I had a read of 181MB/s and a write of 175MB/s to the hard drive.

*I used the Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz. Also used the stock heat sink and fan. No issues with installation. Temps are a little high, just about 50C on the cpu but thats to be expected with a stock heat sink and fan. Nothing to do with the motherboard, but My other computer has an i7 2600k. There is a noticeable difference between the two processors. The bootups on the i7 is definitely a little faster.

-see other tho

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: *Windows installation went smooth. Installed windows 7 64bit edition. Then the motherboard drivers. I had an issue with updating windows, after doing some research I found that there is an issue with the intel rapid storage drivers preventing windows from updating. They came with the drivers for the motherboard. Uninstalled the rapid storage driver and then updated, then re-installed the rapid storage drivers. Everything is good now. Don't bother installing google chrome from the install disk. Its out of date.

*I am not the best person to review a bios. I have never upgraded a bios and most of the options in the bios I NEVER touch. There looks to be a lot in the bios that an overclocking enthusiest would get good use of.

*The onboard video on the computer was pretty good. Streamed HD youtube video and movies flawlessly. I downloaded a free to play game on steam called loadout where under max resolution I was getting 25-30 frames per second with no lag or skipping.

*** Overall I am very happy with this motherboard. I have bought similar boards at this price point and they don't come near the quality that this board offers. I would have liked to see a second PCIx X16 slot, however If that's what you were looking for you would not have bought this board. I have seen there were others that posted about PCI slots not working this is not the case with mine. Everything was perfect. I would Highly recommend this board.

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