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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Brian M.
  • 7/4/2014 11:00:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Great layout, lots of headers for everything you need (and some you probably won't).

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Great mobo and BIOS. Easy to OC my 4670K stable and cool with modest over-volt on air. This board is great for performance and bang for your buck. You will not be disappointed!

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  • Jacinto G.
  • 7/3/2014 11:55:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUSB ports no longer work

Pros: Good till the USB ports no longer work

Cons: I Purchased this board and within 6 months of very light use, all of the USB ports no longer work. I have called Gigabyte and their customer service is absolutely terrible. They refuse to acknowledge that at least HUNDREDS of people have the exact same issue and continue to plead ignorance. I don't want to go through their terrible RMA process to get the same board with the same problems so now I am just out over $200. Thanks Gigabyte for selling a terrible product and refusing to take responsibility for it. I have the same experience as many other customers and definitely would Expect a Class Action Lawsuit because I am not the only furious customer.

Other Thoughts: none

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111561 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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  • Kevin H.
  • 6/15/2014 2:24:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Awful

Pros: None

Cons: Purchased this board and within two months of very light use, all of the USB ports no longer work. I have called Gigabyte and their customer service is absolutely terrible. They refuse to acknowledge that at least HUNDREDS of people have the exact same issue and continue to plead ignorance. I don't want to go through their terrible RMA process to get the same board with the same problems so now I am just out $200. Thanks Gigabyte for selling a terrible product and refusing to take responsibility for it. Expect a class action lawsuit because I am not the only furious customer.

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Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 110926 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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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2014 4:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it needs to do

Pros: 1) colors
2) debug led
3)10x sata 600
a) 6x from cpu
b) 4x from other
4) build quality
5) 2x intel nics
6) X-Fi MB3
7) Display port out
8) 7 fan headers
9) spaced out pci-e 16x slots
10) power button is very convenient when testing the board before putting it in a case, saves time just in case of doa
11) can fit a thermaltake silver arrow extreme with ease. the heatsinks around the cpu socket do not crowd.
12) PCB MADE IN TAIWAN (not china)
13) solid brand name

Cons: 1) hard to think of a con, BUT
doesn't feel as snappy as my Asus z77 gene mobo probably because of DPC latency is higher on this one compared to that one.
2) I have a Gigabyte Windforce vid card in it, and the PCB colors don't match. IF i were OCD I MIGHT had to take an egg off for that, but i kid.
3) the UEFI is difficult to navigate for first time Gigabyte's UEFI users. The layout and options are not intuitive. But you can customize it the way you want it, IF you know what you want in it. Asus has a more intuitive UEFI. I would use the tools they have for windows instead. I don't like to crowd my installs so UEFI is a must for me.

Even all these "cons" put together are not worth an egg and i'm just being extremely picky at this point.

Other Thoughts: maybe DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) latency could be lower but that seems to be fixed in the UD5H z97 model hard to know without both.

I previously purchased a GIgabyte GA-880GA-UD3H in 2010, definitely a lower tier part, but was impressed with the value and quality I received.

If a company can correctly compromise between cost and utility to bring me a lower tier board, I am willing to invest into their higher offerings.

I would definitely buy the UD5H or another of the Ultra Durable line in the future. I am a very satisfied customer.

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5 out of 5 eggsPleasantly surprised

Pros: Biggest plus is the BIOS. Given the low reviews (much like the board i had purchased before, the Z87X-OC) I would assume there were initially some BIOS bugs which have been worked out. It's a very easy to use system, I LOVE the menus where you can set up which settings you want to see, and then set the BIOS to automatically load those pages when you load it.
The extra Marvell SATA controller is a nice addition for someone like me who has many hard drives and burners as I do a lot of video editing work. 10 SATA ports in all.
The power management on the board is very nice, it actually has the same 16 phase CPU power management setup. It does lack the additional power input of my Z87X-OC but I was ultimately able to hit the same overclock I had on my 4770k as the OC board would be more advantageous in exotic cooling situations.

The built-in overclocking algorithms worked very well. For those who either don't have the time or experience to fine tune the settings and push their CPU the motherboard has several settings to handle it for you. I tried the maximum setting of 4.7GHz and it was perfectly stable for 8 hours of Prime95.
The bundled X-Fi MB software helps the Realtek ALC898 by giving some added adjustability and should prove more than capable for a vast majority of users. Without some very expensive headsets you won't notice a very big difference.
I've saved my two favorite pieces for last: the dual LAN and 1394 inclusion. The dual LAN has support for teaming which is absolutely fantastic and worked flawlessly (after proper configuration) on my two separate networks. FireWire may be about dead nowadays but I still have a couple of digital video recorders that use firewire. They're tough old cameras that I don't mind putting in harms way for certain events and having built in support on a modern motherboard made me quite happy.

Cons: The biggest con with this motherboard is quite typical of Z87 motherboards. Haswell CPUs provide 16 lanes of PCI express 3.0 and the Z87 provides only 8 lanes of PCIe 2.0. Essentially what you end up with is your graphics cards (x16 slots) running off the CPU and your x1 slots and other additions by the motherboard manufacturer powered by the chipset. With SLI (and now I believe the new AMD cards in crossfire) has a requirement of 8 lanes per card you are limited to 2-way SLI despite having a 3rd slot on the board.
Installing anything in that third slot will drop the bottom two slots to x4 rendering it ultimately useless for anything other than computing (cryptocurrency, folding@home, etc)

Other Thoughts: Seeing the existing reviews and my initial experience with my Z87X-OC I was a bit apprehensive about this board's arrival and having to tear down my setup for a mobo that may have issues. Add to that a water pump failure early on in my overclocking tests put me in a rather stressed state. After picking up an air cooler on sale from a local store and a few deep breaths, I actually quite liked this motherboard. Between my two Gigabyte boards I will be sticking with this one for my primary usage as it just has the additional features the OC board doesn't. I found a stable spot at 4.8GHz and don't intend to try my hand at phase change/liquid nitrogen cooling so the extreme overclocking features of the other board will go unused.

While having 3 x16 slots but ultimately only being able to do 2 way SLI is a bit of an annoyance (the OC has 4 slots but again, more than 3 drops to x4 as well), the price point is such that I think it offers what should be expected of a $200 board. I had considered dropping my review by one egg for this, and if this board were maybe $50 more I would have, but for this price I honestly believe it's fair.

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4 out of 5 eggsHigh quality board... at a premium.

Pros: - MB is heavy, full ATX size… doesn’t flex much when installed in case

- BIOS is gorgeous on home theater TV… I actually said “wow” out loud

- QUICK BOOT!... (new install), but it is CRAZY quick to boot / restart

- Cushioned rear IO panel… a nice touch!

- (6) SATA cables provided… lots of other nifty items include Front Panel USB 3.0 panel, (1) nVidia SLI connector, GIGABYTE case sticker

- Everything on the board is labeled (more or less)... I like that.

- Headers aren’t just vertical pins on the board… they have plastic surrounding the pins

- Driver CD included installed all devices / chipsets correctly… just avoid hitting “install all” or you might end up with some bundled garbage you don’t want

- Smart Fan control in EZ-Setup launched from AppCenter is a must-use feature

- Plenty of fan headers… 5 system fan, 1 cpu water cooler, 1 cpu fan

- DVI port, instead of VGA… very risque

- Windows 7 installed without a hitch! YAY! Not sure if I just got lucky or what... but I've had zero issues running Windows 7 Pro x64 on this board.

All-in-all my system build with this board at the foundation has been nothing but stable and reliable.

Cons: (Not really Cons... just nit-picks)

- Board is heavy… but not shipped in anything other than cardboard. Would have liked more cushioning / foam to protect board.

- Board is LARGE… full ATX size will require a large case. Tight fit in an ATX mid-case.

- Board has horizontal SATA ports...WHY?!?!? Don’t they know what they do to us?!?! These are one of the worst things in the world.

- BIOS is a little overkill (too much info)… it was too much info for me on a 55” TV… I can only imagine the overload on a 24” LCD screen

- Included Sound Blaster X-FI MB3 utility won’t control HDMI audio. This board has "premium" audio capabilities... but I'll stick to my add-on audio card for superior audio.

- Dual ethernet ports… but why? This wasn’t planned to be a server build.
1. Upon quick research… “teaming” or “link-aggregation” is often more reliable when two ethernet cards of the same EXACT model are used. This board has an Intel i217 and an Intel i210… ???

- 1394 headers??? Why? When’s the last time you used anything that needed firewire? IN THE YEAR TWO-THOUSAND… all computer motherboards came with 1394a headers… because that’s the fastest thing around… at the time

- Other than smart fan control, that comes from the Ez-Setup app from the AppCenter… there isn’t really anything else of super-important use. It’s great I can set a password on the USB ports and lock them as I see it… but that’s not very useful to me

Other Thoughts: - One BSOD during a Windows Update reboot (configuring updates before login). Fixed after system rebooted and continued as normal

- Steam In-Home streaming works as advertised! Had to lower the “quality” from “beautiful” to another setting (picture quality was great, actual game-play was laggy with quality set to “beautiful”)

System configuration:

a. Processor: Intel Pentium G3220 Haswell 3.0Ghz LGA 1150
b. Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H
c. RAM: (2) CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model
d. Hard drive: SanDisk Ultra Plus SDSSDHP-064G-G26 2.5" 64GB SSD
e. Case: LOGISYS Computer CS206BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer SOHO Case 480W Power Supply
f. Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64

connect via high-speed HDMI to:
YAMAHA RX-V373BL 5.1-Channel AV Receiver
with:
Vizio M550SL 55” LCD TV

Don't Buy it:
If you aren't going to be overclocking, I'd skip this board and keep looking... you'll save a few bucks that way.

Buy it: if you plan on overclocking / value high quality.
I imagine if I were going to overclock... I might seek out this board or one in the same price / feature neighborhood. If I were into overclocking AND saving money... I might skip this board and buy the newer version (GA-Z97X-UD5H) and save around $40 (which could be put to good use elsewhere during a PC build).

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  • Seve M.
  • 4/17/2014 11:47:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsSolid performer, but a bit overpriced

Pros: Dual LAN, supports Teaming
A plethora of overclocking settings
16 phase power design
customizable BIOS
Awesome color scheme

Cons: Analog audio died about a week in. I did the typical driver reinstall both from gigabyte and from realtek. It seems that the issue stems from the audio input jacks themselves, and its a hardware, not software or chip-based issue. I had to buy an external sound card to get this to work.

USB 3.0 ports on the rear are working, but only with some of my usb sticks.

Gigabyte support is the pits. I clearly explained the audio problem and the steps i took to try and resolve it and it seems that no one read my message. They simply told me to check and make sure i had the speakers plugged into the correct output (seriously..?)

The F9 bios says to flash from windows using the supplied .exe, but it doesn't work in 64-bit windows.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte tried to stuff too many bells and whistles from the OC version onto this board and thus, quality suffered. I really like the board and am planning to keep it, but i will return it if they do not answer my requests for audio assistance.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 108985 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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  • John W.
  • 4/14/2014 5:38:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsthink twice about this board

Pros: Okay layout. Easy to pre-install RAM and some cables before mounting the MB in the chassis. Looks nice in case.
Video graphics are superb without a video card (I'm not a gamer). Sound is okay. found PC2400 RAM and set up without issue. Has not run hotter than 34C, not overclocked.

Cons: SATA ports face sideways to the right, making the SATA connections harder than should be.
BIOS screens bear no resemblance to the manual. BIOS display is a mash-up, and the boot sequence does not actually control the boot process.
I installed a 240GB SSD drive, the installed Win8.1 x64 successfully. Then I created a RAID 5.1 array with 3 Seagate 500GB drives: the system went nuts, locked the SSD drive and forced a re-install on the RAID volume. This sort of defeats the purpose of a SSD boot drive, doesn't it?
Won't let me set up a 5.1 speaker system, stuck on 2.1 like it or not. Windows cannot gain control of the audio chipset.
BIOS kept losing track of which drives were bootable; had to install Win8.1 four times as system would hang during install.

Other Thoughts: Haswell i7 4771K, H80i liquid cooling, Antec 1200 tower, Corsair tru-power 750 PSU, GSkill DDR3 2400 32GB RAM,
3x500GB RAID 5.1, Crucial 240GB SSD (not currently in use, see above)
Runs stable now, just not in the configuration I had in mind.
For the cost, something of a disappointment,

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Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 108727 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 eggsSo many features

Pros: Overclocking is very easy
Lots of ports, and features more then I will ever need
Everything works wonders.
Never had a computer this fast before, or this easy to overclock.

Cons: Needed to update bios, and recommend this to everybody.
Doesn't have bluetooth

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4 out of 5 eggsFantastic Motherboard

Pros: • Flat black PCB looks great and is how every board should be, no more dark brown PCBs!
• Black solid state capacitors look amazing on this board
• POST’s fairly quick at 9 seconds with fast boot on an EFI boot
• Has 7 four pin PWM fan headers, 5 system fans one CPU and one OPT CPU fan header
• Dual Intel gigabyte LAN’s that support Teaming and shows you how to set that up in the manual
• Dual bios with switches to change between them and an LED indicator showing which is being utilized.
• Debug LED indicator (Given the direction of most boards in a standard case it should be horizontal not vertical as this make it harder to read once in a case).

Has the most customizable bios I’ve ever seen. Has 4 tabs that can be setup however you like, with whatever settings you want all with a name of your choosing. Also you can set what screen you want to see first once you enter the bios. If using a 1080p display the bios displays very helpful information such as the CPU and memory status on the left and system status on the right which all includes voltages, temperatures, frequency information, fan RPM’s, etc.

The driver disc has an option called Express Install which installs everything as a batch so you don’t have to deal with any prompts of any kind, just select what you want to install and it does all the work. Also the Gigabyte App Center is nice as it has a Live update feature that checks for driver and program updates for you which is much easier than doing it the old fashion way.

Easy Tune is a really nice overclocking software as it has a ton of options and settings for tweaking your overclock. Has a very good fan calibration software which allows for fairly precise fan curves to be made however you like based on the temperature of your system.

Features the best built in audio in a motherboard that I have yet to test. The dynamic range is great at 92.2 dB and the noise (Interference from surrounding parts) which is usually poor on built in audio solutions (Around -52 dB) was at -81.2 dB which rivals a cheap sound card. The audio codec is a Realtek ALC898 but comes with Creative SBX Pro Studio software with a bunch of add on features to improve your audio experience like an equalizer, smart volume, dialog enhancement, etc.

The user’s manual has a helpful description of all of the bios settings and the RAID modes its supports, how they work, the benefits of each and how to set each of them up. Also features a very useful troubleshooting section at the back of the user’s manual for diagnosing hardware or boot related problems.

Cons: The bios is not organized very well and feels very cluttered and busy as many areas within the DASHBOARD are just a long list of items with no separation or organization. The Classic bios actually divided items up better and is easier to follow. Some items from the new DASHBAORD when clicked take you to the classic bios which is weird and should not be setup that way. Either make it work in both or remove it till it does.

In the bios, hovering over items reveals a helpful description of its function but it is formatted in a tiny scrolling line at the bottom of the screen which is difficult to read. This is more bothersome due to the fact that there is a giant blank space on the right with plenty of room for this information to be displayed. To make this more compelling, as far as I can tell nothing is ever displayed there except the calendar and favorites section which is only displayed when on the Home tab. It’s available real state, use it!

Auto tuning and built in OC profiles are terrible (Except for the Light Profile) as it places an enormous overvolt on the CPU as well as the auto values in the bios such as for the Ring voltage as shown below:

• Auto Tuning OC @ 4.3 GHz
• Vcore Voltage: 1.391 volts
• CPU Ring Voltage: 1.439 volts

• Light OC Profile @ 4.1 GHz
• Vcore Voltage: 1.193 volts
• CPU Ring Voltage: 1.145 volts

• Medium OC Profile @ 4.3 GHz
• Vcore Voltage: 1.391 volts
• CPU Ring Voltage: 1.439 volts

• Heavy OC Profile @ 4.5 GHz
• Vcore Voltage: 1.391 volts
• CPU Ring Voltage: 1.439 volts

• Manual OC @ 4.5 GHz
• Vcore Voltage: 1.31 volts
• CPU Ring Voltage: 1.16 volts

Bios logo is “Gigabyte Insist on Ultra Durable” and it is written horizontally and as Windows 8 uses that as its boot logo when installed via UEFI it looks dumb. It should be vertical with “Gigabyte” written on top with “Insist on Ultra Durable” listed below it.

Odd placement of CMOS battery as it is right under the CPU socket and if using a big heatsink it could be very difficult to get to. There is a CMOS reset button on the upper right hand corner of the board though so this isn’t really a big issue.

Other Thoughts: Overall this a great motherboard that has a lot of pleasing features with just a few minor draw backs. The bios is much improved over the look and feel of previous implementations especially if running on a 1080p display but has some areas where things need to be improved. Like many other motherboards I have tested the auto overclocking features and OC profiles still suck as they play it overly safe to ensure stability while if used long term will damage your CPU. This board overclocks great, but make sure you do it manually. If using overclocking profiles and the bios don’t matter to you then this board is a perfect buy.

CPU: Intel i7-4770K
Tested OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64

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