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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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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H

Model

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
GA-Z87X-UD5H

Supported CPU

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

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel Z87

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
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
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
3 (1@x16,1@x8, 1@x4)
PCI Express x1
3
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

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

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

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC898

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel i217V
Second LAN Chipset
Intel i210AT
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
1 x DVI-I
HDMI
2 x HDMI
DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort
USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
2 x 1394a
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)
5 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
2 x IEEE 1394a headers
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
2 x BIOS switches

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Creative X-Fi MB SW: Yes, X-Fi MB III

DuaL BIOS: Yes (128Mx2) with new UEFI BIOS interface

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 

Thermal: Heat Pipe + heat sink

16 Digital CPU VRM phase

2-Way CrossFire Support

2-way SLI Support (2-way bridge)

Packaging

Package Contents
GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H MB
6 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
Front Panel USB 3.0 Port
1 x nVidia SLI Bridge Connector
GIGABYTE I/O Shield
GIGABYTE Driver Disc
GIGABYTE Case Sticker
User's Manual
Multilingual Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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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.

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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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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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  • Israel T.
  • 3/21/2014 5:00:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad customer support

Pros: - Lots of SATA connections
- Acceptable number of fan connections
- 2 ethernet ports
- Lots a video out ports
- EasyTune software is easy to use and powerful

Cons: - Not enough SATA cables to populate all the SATA ports
- EasyTune software has a terrible bug with some global hotkeys that take ownership of some important keys on non-English keyboards (|@#~€), and if those keys are pressed, the computer will hang in a few seconds and reboot.
- Gigabyte support knows about the issue, and their response is that their products are designed with the US market in sight, and all the rest does not matter. Well, then they should restrict their sales to the US.

Other Thoughts: Due to the hotkeys bug I am not able to use EasyTune to control fans speed or do any kind of OC. That means my enjoyment of the motherboard as an enthusiast is severely diminished.

If I had known about the bug before, I wouldn't have bought the motherboard.

In short, if you only use EN layout keyboards, this is a damm fine motherboard, 5 stars. But if you use any keyboard with "Alt Gr" key, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. And by elsewhere, I mean other brand, since the EasyTune bug affects all Gigabyte motherboards, not only this one.

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4 out of 5 eggsPretty Nice

Pros: Very nice looking board!
Very solid feel to everything on it.
(3) Fan headers directly next to each other directly underneath CPU socket. Great for pump and radiator with (2) fans
Windows install took without issue via USB 3.0 port with a USB 3.0 flash drive. I have had issues trying to install Windows over USB 3.0 ports on numerous other motherboards.
BIOS flash with USB 3.0 flash drive. Must format to FAT 16/32 format.
The boot logo, in crispy HD, "Gigabyte. Insist on Ultra Durable" is pretty sweet looking.
Dual USB 3.0 Headers give you a total possibility of 10 USB 3.0 ports
LEDs on motherboard indicating which BIOS you are currently using; Main or Backup.
Clear CMOS jumper on the board by front panel header. Also have the option to disable the secondary BIOS.
Dual SATA processors between the 10 available SATA III (6Gbps) ports. The first 6 are capable of RAID 0/1/5/10. The latter 4, which are grey in color, are capable of RAID 0/1/10.
Driver downloads from website were peppy, but only if choosing the Europe mirror.
TweakLauncher 2 surprised me at its overall simplicity. It is basic looking, but functional. Voltages and clocks applied and were verified with CPU-Z.
BIOS update slightly reduced voltage necessary for overclocks.

Cons: CPU_OPT, optional, 4-pin header should ONLY be used for a water pump; unless my board is defective? It will not correctly run a fan, 3-pin or 4-pin. If using a water pump on this header, make sure you set it to FULL SPEED!
SYSFAN 2 did not function properly at first. BIOS flash to F8 took care of the issue however.
SYSFAN 4 & 5 are not controllable separately. This wouldn't have bothered me, but they are not close to each other on the motherboard at all. One down by the front panel header, and the other up by ATX power connector.
PWM fan adjustment didn't seem to change anything at all no matter what setting I put it on. Why not just do a % adjustment like most other boards I have owned? This is less confusing and always seems to work properly.
USB device information is a bit lacking. My ASUS and ASRock Z77 or Z87 boards display more specific information. I could not tell the difference between my Micr0-Center and Patriot flash drives. They were listed as PMAP?
Who uses FireWire anymore, especially to include 2 headers for it?
Front panel audio connector is ALL the way down in the bottom corner of the board. Why do so many companies do this?
Freezing in BIOS after updating to F8 BIOS. I found the problem to be from applying a CPU overclock without the voltage set first. Apply voltage first, THEN your desired CPU overclock and all should be well.
CPU auto overclock over compensates with voltage. To hit 4.4GHz it was applying 1.372V, that it much too much even if you are running a full blown custom water loop; exceeding 1.25V can likely push temps too high even with enthusiast grade air coolers and AIO water coolers. I'm not knocking Gigabyte specifically, because my ASUS board do/did the same thing, but you should be aware.

Other Thoughts: Some importang things from above I would like to reiterate.

When OC'ing CPU, apply voltage first, THEN clocks!

CPU-OPT, optional header, should only be used for a water pump. I could not get it to function properly for anything I plugged into it; 3-pin or 4-pin. Set to FULL SPEED for water pump, on SILENT or NORMAL the pump of my Antec 620 wasn't running properly.

BIOS flash with USB 3.0 flash drive without issue. Make sure you format to FAT 16 or 32!

CPU auto overclock over compensates with voltage. To hit 4.4GHz it was applying 1.372V, that it much too much especially if you don't have adequate cooling; BE CAREFUL! Exceeding 1.25V can push temps too high even with enthusiast grade air and AIO water coolers. I'm not knocking Gigabyte, my ASUS board do the same, but you should be aware.

On average most 4670k/4770k can hit 4.4-4.5GHz within close proximity of 1.25V. If you have capable cooling you can push further, but it's typically not wise to run past 90C, even though the motherboard won't throttle until you start hanging around 98-100C.

Other, Other Thoughts

Memory speed/timings isn't listed under the Frequency Tab? Why? It's a few tabs over, but this is silly.
XMP information is lacking compared to my ASUS Z87 board.

I don't like utilities associated with drivers, so I chose to bypass the utility included with the LAN drivers. In order for both LAN ports to be recognized, I needed to install drivers for them individually in device manager.

I did not list the BIOS as a con because this is my first enthusiast Gigabyte board since running an AMD GA-MA790X back in '09. When I first saw a Z87 BIOS in my Maximus VI Hero, I was overwhelmed, there's a learning curve with the abundance of information at your fingertips. I then moved to the Z87 Gryphon and it felt like home. The Gigabyte BIOS is different than ASUS, there is no doubt about that. Before making the switch from the Hero, I strongly considered a Gigabyte board, but decided against it due to numerous professional sites stating it was inferior and more difficult to use than ASUS. I definitely spend time in the BIOS tweaking for max performance with minimal voltage to keep temperatures down and life expectancy up.

After spending numerous hours in the BIOS, I can confidently say that it isn't as bad as what I was anticipating. I didn't have much trouble locating the settings necessary to dial in my tried and true 4.5GHz overclock on my delidded 4770k.

This board does require slightly more voltage than my Z87 Gryphon. Before I upgraded to F8 BIOS it was requiring 1.270V for 4.5GHz with 1600MHz on memory. My Z87 hits that same mark with 1.260V and the memory at 2400MHz. Upgrading to F8 dropped voltage requirement to 1.265V.

To test stability I run Intel Burn Test on Maximum settings, 14/16GB RAM, for 3 passes at ~400 sec. Using Antec 620 120mm water cooler, with (2) Cougar CF-V12HP push/pull. The CPU peaked at 92C; keep in mind my C

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4 out of 5 eggsGood motherboard for Z87

Pros: Good overall design

10 sata ports with support for raid 0,1,10

Gold plated CPU socket, Dual Ethernet ports, cross-fire support, room for expansion

OC memory speeds up to DDR3 3000… but the voltage/speed would depend on and need to match the capabilities of your CPU. The Intel i7’s typically run lower voltages and the BIOS auto-tune feature can mess up the voltages sometimes

Overclocked the CPU to 4.2ghz on air and with a EVGA GTX 760 Vid Card, this combo beat my Asus Sabertooth Z77 with an Ivy bridge and EVGA GTX 670 FTW

USB 3.0 front module is helpful because it would work in any case that has space for the bay

Idles at around 8 watts with an i7-4770k

Bios is easy to navigate and has auto-configuration feature

Cons: The CPU FAN / CPU OPT / SYS FAN2 headers are placed in a somewhat non-standard place on the motherboard. The pin below the socket and in the center of the motherboard kind of messed up some cable management for me

UEFI bios didn’t recognize my Microsoft mouse

Auto-tuning to maximum performance caused a Windows dialog box to pop up after about 30 minutes and warn me of overheating – that was a little scary, but I was only using a stock fan to cool the CPU

DVI port and PS2 port seem to be less common these days. It’s good to have options for different display outputs, but in the end, you will probably end up only using one (or none if you have a graphics card).

The Ivy-bridge processors consume less power than the Broadwell processors and are only slightly slower than Broadwell

Might be worthwhile to wait for USB 4.0, next gen CPUs, because Broadwell is marginally faster than Ivy

Other Thoughts: Luckily for me, I’ve never had a firmware update malfunction on a motherboard – if we are paying extra the dual bios… is it really necessary?

It looks like Broadwell is also supposed to be compatible with the LGA 1150 socket, but the Z87 chipset may not be…

Read a lot of complaints about BSOD in Windows 7, but Windows 8.1 worked well for me

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4 out of 5 eggsGot the GIG!

Pros: Great board…definitely a step in the right direction for future boards. My setup for this board are as follows:

Windows 8.1 Pro

GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel i5 CPU

16GB G Skill Ripjaws X Series (4X4GB)

GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-1GI GeForce GTX 750 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM – OEM

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

4TB (2X2TB) Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full-Modular Active PFC FULL-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

So far I have not had a problem with this setup. Windows 8.1 Pro loaded without hesitation and no Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD) as reported by some. All production programs are executed quickly (MSO 2013, Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, Nero Burning ROM, Readiris Pro, etc.). I must remember this is a review of the motherboard and not the computer built on the board.

I did a 72 hour burn in and did not let the computer sleep or hibernate, nor did I let the hard drive shutdown or even the monitor to dim. The motherboard supported this setup flawlessly and showed no signs of failure. This is an air cooled setup. The board allows you to zip tie the wiring away from the center of the board allowing better air flow. It is important in my opinion to secure the wiring so that air flows through the computer case unobstructed.

While it boast six (6) USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the board, I think at least 2 USB 2.0 should have been included. While the 3.0 standard is being adopted by many board and peripherals manufacturers, some buyers will have devices that are 2.0 that will not work as well in 3.0 ports. The GIGABYTE @BIOS is a wonderful addition to it’s products.

Overall this board performs well with the setup above.

Cons: This board has problems with Windows 7. After reading some of the other reviews to prepare the setup of this board, I decided to remove the Windows 8.1 Pro hard drive. The configuration was as follows:

Windows 7

GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Intel i5 CPU

16GB G Skill Ripjaws X Series (4X4GB)

GIGABYTE GV-N750OC-1GI GeForce GTX 750 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM – OEM

SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

4TB (2X2TB) Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WBP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Full-Modular Active PFC FULL-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

The only difference was the operating system and capacity of the Samsung SSD. On the first attempt to load Windows 7 without updating the BIOS it went into a BSOD. It took me three tries before Windows 7 finally loaded. Started the 72 hour burn in and 1 hour into the burn I experienced another BSOD. The second attempt lasted 3 hours before the BSOD reared its head. I then decided to go to Gigabyte Support and download and install GIGABYTE @BIOS. I was able to update the BIOS from Windows just as it said in the product overview. Once updated the computer made it through the 72 hour burn in without the BSOD.

With this motherboard I would recommend Windows 8, 8 Pro, 8.1, or 8.1 Pro. The board works fine with W8, but seems to hesitate with W7. With the need to update the BIOS I consider it a Con and I took away one egg for that reason. I am being a little tough on GIGABYTE because I believe that they should be shipping with the BIOS already updated.

Other Thoughts: If you are not prepared to upgrade to or use Windows 8 you might want to consider another GIGABYTE product and is Windows 7 certified. There are many Gigabyte products out there that you can use, this one is for those that are ready to upgrade to a Windows 8 machine.

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5 out of 5 eggsImpressed with this motherboard

Pros: Nice looking motherboard, good layout.
12 usb 3.0 (with included 3.5" accessory), Plus more usb 3.0 depending on how many your PC case has mounted on front.
Plenty of onboard fan headers to control all the fans you need for your cooling option.
Cpu fan header and optional cpu fan header to run aftermarket cooling with 2 fans or water cooling setup.
10 sata III 6.0 gbs ports 6 intel and 4 marvell make it so you can run 2 raid setups.
4 ddr3 memory slots capable of running ram up to 3100mhz speed with bios settings.
Lots of options in bios for overclocking your cpu, memory, plenty of voltage settings to tweak you overclocks for stability.
Nice UEFI bios interface with the option to use classic mode in bios for easier setup if your not used to the newer UEFI configurations.
3 pci-express slots x16 x8 x4- Running 2 gpus in crossfire or SLI will run the pcie slots at x8 x8, pcie 3.0 with haswell Pentium cpu or higher, The haswell Celeron cpus do not support pcie 3.0 (only pcie 2.0).
The board I received has not had any of the issues I have seen in other reviews, It was setup and running with no problems runs everything great and fast. My board came as revision 1.1 (not the rev. 1.0 that seems to have been the more troubling board). See cons and other thoughts.

Cons: I had only 1 con with this board, But it was nothing to dock an egg for.
After first setup since I run a dedicated gpu I did what I would always do and went into bios and disabled the onboard graphics.
Well needless to say after windows setup the default hd audio drivers from windows ran the sound fine, But after installing the realtek drivers the sound would stop working after the reboot of the install I tried everything with no luck.
As it turns out with these haswell cpus on this board (not sure about other 1150 boards) you must leave the onboard graphics enabled to control the sound onboard as it is tied together.
So easy fix, after calling gigabyte just enable the onboard graphics, install realtek sound drivers, then install the SB x-fi software and the sound is perfect and nice sound settings with the SB x-fi.

Other Thoughts: Great setup I paired this with a haswell intel core i3-4130 cpu, amd radeon r7 260x 2gb pcie 3.0 graphics card, 2x4gb=8gb G.Skill ripjaws X 1866 ram (set xmp profile 1 in bios).
Ran cinebench r15 openGL scored 106 fps, on my AMD a10-6790k system with same vid card and ram score was only 72-75 fps, so pcie 3.0 setup makes a decent difference in fps for gaming.
And for everyone that likes the WEI scores- cpu 7.3/ memory 7.7/ desktop 7.7/ gaming 7.7/ and HDD 5.9 highest mechanical HDDs go, SSD drives score higher on this.
All in all I couldn't be happier with this motherboard, I recommend this board. Battlefield 4 plays super on my setup great game by the way.

Complete setup-
CFI bastet pc case
Gigabyte ga-z87x-ud5h motherboard
G.skill 8gb ripjaws x dual channel 1866 ram
Amd radeon r7 260x 2gb ddr5 graphics card
Corsair cx750m 750w modular power supply
Intel core i3-4130 3.4ghz haswell cpu
LG sata bluray burner/dvd burner
Seagate sata III 1tb main HDD
WD sata III 3tb storage HDD
Zalman CNPS5X performa aftermarket cpu cooler.

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  • Chris H.
  • 3/5/2014 12:10:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mobo!

Pros: Everything is layed out very nicely. Worked perfectly with everything i put at it! UEFI Bios is very nice and easy to work with.

Cons: None so far, clean board!

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