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GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD7 TH LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/1600/1333
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Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 – The Fastest Connection to Your PC Just Got Faster
The new Dual Thunderbolt™ 2 controller from Intel®, builds on the success of previous revisions, adding channel bandwidth aggregation to facilitate single channel transfer speeds of up 20Gbps, compared to a max of 10Gbps on previous designs. This allows for incredible data transfer speeds when using high-performance storage devices, while also supporting daisy-chaining of up 12 devices and triple digital display support.



OC Ignition (Patent Pending)
There are occasions as an overclocker when you want to shut down the system without turning off the power to other parts of the system, for example the drives and system fans. This is where OC Ignition is really useful.

Hitting the OC Ignition button gives continuous, uninterrupted power to all the motherboard's connected drives and system fans, but not to the CPU. This is useful in "cold bug" situations when you need to heat the CPU to a bootable temperature, but you'd prefer the fans to keep spinning, reducing moisture build-up.

Overclockers using i-RAM drives may also want to maintain SATA power and not risk losing their customized OS install while users with regular SSDs or HDDs also know that frequent powering on and off is harmful to your drives in the long-term.

OC Ignition is also useful in allowing users to pre-test water cooling setups, and even allows case mod demos to be developed without having to fully turn on the PC.

OC Ignition:

  • Powers fans and drives without booting or powering the CPU
  • Activates fans to reduce moisture build-up when using LN2
  • Maintains continuous uninterrupted power to drives
  • Safely powers water cooling systems for safe leak checking
  • Tests demo and case mod systems without needing to boot the system


OC Touch
GIGABYTE OC Touch includes a range of easy to use buttons and switches featured exclusively on GIGABYTE OC motherboards.



OC PCIe Switch
Overclockers can manually turn on or off each installed PCIe lane of the motherboard allowing users to effortlessly remove graphic cards from the system without the hassle of physically removal. This is especially convenient for VGA overclocking on LN2 and water cooled systems.


OC Peg adds auxiliary power to the PCIe slots of your motherboard, improving system stability in extreme configurations. This is especially useful in power-hungry four-way graphics configurations.


Built-in Gaming Audio / Headphone Amplifier (Front Headphone / Rear Line Out)
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature a high-capacity headphone amplifier which is able to drive 600O loads, allowing gamers to enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones. Featuring a wide bandwidth, low noise, high slew rate and low distortion, GIGABYE 8 series motherboards are ideal for professional audio usage and gaming enthusiasts.


Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 PCIe Expansion Card
This motherboard comes with an exclusive IEEE802.11ac Wi-Fi card that supports up to 867Mbps wireless networks and Bluetooth 4.0. IEEE802.11ac Wi-Fi runs at up to 867Mbps and the bundled 2.4GHz / 5GHz dual-band, 2T2R antenna gives you wide coverage.



HyperDuo Technology-Automated SSD/HDD Tiering
Greater Performance, Cost-Efficient
Equipped with Marvell SE9230 controller, the motherboard supports HyperDuo Technology. While the SSD and HDD are connected, HyperDuo makes the SSD become the cache of the HDD and delivers SSD-like performance.


GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus debuts on GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards, with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.


Ultra Cool

All New Heat Sink Design

GIGABYTE motherboards feature new heatsink designs that offer uncompromisingly efficient cooling on key areas of the motherboard including the PWM area and chipset (PCH). GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards offer both passive, active and water-cooling support of the crucial PWM area so even the most aggressive and extreme configurations will be kept well within optimal thermal parameters.


Ultra Performance

IR® Digital CPU Power Design

GIGABYTE motherboards use industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs and from International Rectifier®. These components are 100% digital, offering incredible precision in delivering power to your 4th Generation Intel® processor. Designed from the ground up to complement each other, these industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs from IR® are optimized for cool and efficient operation, allowing users to get the absolute maximum performance from their next PC build.



Ultra Safe


GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a "Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.


Ultra USB3+

10 USB 3.0 Ports

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus motherboards offer more high speed connectivity than ever before, packing up to 10 USB 3.0 ports per board. Each of these 10 USB 3.0 ports are also provided with a dedicated fuse, ensuring that an unexpected malfunction on one port, will affect only that port, isolating potential damage and protecting other connected devices.


GIGABYTE Exclusive Ultra Durable Technologies

Durable Black Solid Caps

GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. With ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, these exclusive capacitors also come in customized jet black, exclusively on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards.


High ESD Protection for USB and LAN
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


Gold-Plated CPU Socket
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.


2X Copper PCB
GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.



One Fuse per USB Port
On GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards each USB port has its own dedicated power fuse that prevents unwanted USB port failure, helping to safe guard your important data during transfer



GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology is revised and upgraded on all GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards, with comprehensive and enhanced charging support for a broad range of devices that include those that run both iOS and Android. Users can enjoy fast AC charging over USB on mobile devices, even when the PC is turned off.



Intel® Gigabit LAN
The latest GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards come equipped with Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers that features several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.


Many of today's third-party water-cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.



Nine Fan Connectors
Further helping to eliminate heat are the nine strategically placed fan pin headers which allow for more precise control of system and CPU fan speeds. Equipped with their own individual thermal sensors, seven of the fan headers allow for complete control within BIOS and the GIGABYTE EasyTune™ utility.

Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 Software Suite

  • Audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technology.
  • Offering premium audio quality, effects and features for ordinary PC systems.
  • Gaming sound enhancement technologies for Gamer.




Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Premium four-way Graphics Support

This extreme design employs a PLX chip that doubles the available PCI Express bandwidth, allowing overclockers and gamers to enjoy the ultimate in extreme multi-GPU configurations; four-way AMD CrossFire™ and NVIDIA SLI.


HDMI™ - The Next Generation Multimedia Interface
HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gbps video transmitting bandwidth and eight-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


GIGABYTE App Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE App Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.



  • Simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings
  • Adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment
  • System-related information display without the need to install additional software



GIGABYTE Smart Fan 2

As well as offering more system fans than ever before, GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature updated and improved CPU and system fan speed controls, with individual airflow and speed settings available via a dedicated digital controller. GIGABYTE Smart Fan 2 allows you to configure CPU fans and system fans.


The new and updated GIGABYTE @BIOS app allows you to update your system's BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface by automatically downloading the latest version from the GIGABYTE servers.


GIGABYTE EZ Setup combines several key utilities designed to simplify install and configuration procedures for several exclusive GIGABYTE apps including Disk Mode Switch, Smart Connect, EZ Rapid Start and EZ Smart response.




  • Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with a fully customizable UI
  • Adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time
  • Smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation
GIGABYTE's new Dashboard mode allows users to have complete access to all data related to your motherboards key components including CPU, graphics and memory clocks, temperatures and voltages.

For the first time ever, overclockers can adjust CPU clock, frequency and voltage settings in real-time within BIOS. This massively saves time, allowing users to find optimal settings without having to reboot.




4K Ultra HD Support
4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.


Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD7 TH



Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)


Intel Z87


Number of Memory Slots
Memory Standard
DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2666(OC)/2600(OC)/2500(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
3 (running at x16)
2 (running at x8)
PCI Express x1

Storage Devices

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

Marvell 88SE9230 chip:
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6~9)
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
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Second LAN Chipset
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR

Rear Panel Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2 x HDMI
Thunderbolt Ports
2 x Thunderbolt Port
USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
7 x system fan headers
2 x heatsink fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x serial port header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x Gear button
1 x OC Turbo button
1 x OC Tag button
1 x OC Trigger switch
1 x OC Ignition button
1 x OC PCIe switch
1 x CPU BCLK Down button
1 x CPU BCLK Up button
1 x CPU Ratio Down button
1 x CPU Ratio Up button
1 x onboard voltage measurement module
2 x BIOS switches

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Extended ATX
12.0" x 10.4"
Power Pin
24 Pin


GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Plus Technology

Dual Thunderbolt technology support

Wi-Fi IEEE802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 Card

IR Digital CPU Power Design

Unique OC Touch Feature

Unique OC Ignition Feature

15u gold plated CPU socket

4-way Graphics Support

Durable black solid capacitors

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge 2 for USB devices

Dual Intel LAN with teaming technology

New Heatsink design with 9 onboard fan connectors

Realtek ALC898 with High Quality 110dB SNR HD audio

Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite


Supports CFOS Speed Internet Accelerator Software

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
-Smart Recovery 2
-Smart TimeLock

Quick Info


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

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  • Jerome S.
  • 4/5/2014 3:54:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsConstant BSODs with 4 DIMMs Installed

Pros: Feature set is very impressive. Was looking forward to running crossfire set up with 2 PCI-e x16, 802.11AC.

Cons: I get random and frequent BSODs when 4 DIMMs are installed. This is with a G.SKILL 32GB memory kit that is on Gigabyte's supported memory list and in the G.Skill QVL. Updating the latest BIOS (F4) provides no relief. Still crash city.

The system is perfectly stable and doesn't crash with two DIMMs.

Other Thoughts: I should have researched this board on the forum like TweakTown before I laid out the money. Instead I trusted a couple of very positive reviews. From what I can tell a lot of Gigabyte Z87 boards are having stability problems with 4 DIMMs installed. So if you want to run 32GB of memory you really should look elsewhere.

$400 + is way too much to pay for a motherboard that doesn't deliver on the promise of support for 32GB of memory. And the rich feature set doesn't make up for this glaring shortcoming. Run away! Run away!

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 108457 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.
1. Check the CPU model on the officially CPU support list on GIGABYTE website to ensure the processor is supported by the motherboard.

Please check the following:

2. Check the CPU temperature in the Bios to make sure it's under the CPU specification, normally it should be around 45-50C.

3. Inspect the CPU and/or CPU socket to for bent or broken pins.

4. If the machine is overclocked, undo the overclock to verify whether the lockup or freeze still occurs.

5. Test each memory modules, one at a time to ensure each memory stick can function properly.

6. If there's add-on card(s), remove it/them from the board to eliminate hardware compatibility.

7. Check the Bios version to ensure it's the latest Bios. Backup all your data before trying to update the Bios.

9. Check for loose power cable/data cable on the storage devices such as hard disk drives, SSD drives, external USB drive, USB thumb drive from the PC.

10. If you have a spare drive available for testing, disconnect the current drive and perform a new /clean windows installation along with the required drivers to rule out software related possibility.


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  • Mark P.
  • 3/28/2014 1:59:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsConsummation of excellence

Pros: The specification sheet speaks for itself - this is one of the most feature rich motherboards for the LGA 1150 platform.

Some highlights - 10x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0; 2x thunderbolt 2, 2x Intel GbE LAN, x2 HDMI, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 Card, 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Besides feature rich, the motherboard has been incredibly stable and very easy to work with.

Cons: Had an issue with cold booting and a HDD sounding like a blender (never heard a HDD make those types of sounds before). Seems that this HDD/cold boot problem is a known problem with the Z87 chipset and Intel requiring SATA hardware to conform more rigidly with SATA specifications. Solution was to change out the older SATA drive for a never HDD and the problem was resolved.
(F2 bios would allow for the boot to sometimes proceed while F3 bios would not allow at all the boot to proceed; this was until I switched out the HDD and F3/F4 works perfectly)

Tried to install Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 via USB and the installation fails off of the USB 3.0 ports. Had to purchase a USB 2.0 header cable to install Windows 7 Pro x64 Pro as that Windows 7 has no native USB 3.0 support in its installation media.

Other than these two issues that would most likely be apparent with other current generation motherboards, this board has been a solid motherboard from the start and has not let me down.

Other Thoughts: No USB drop outs here on Windows 7 x64; and if you're having hackintosh problems then don't blame the motherboard, blame yourself/kexts you're using.

Using the system with an Intel 530 240GB SSD, WD 2TB green HDD, 32GB GSkill 2133MHz RAM, GTX 680, i7 4770K processor, Phanteks PH-TC14PE_RD CPU cooler (140mm fan would not work with the RAM; using x2 Corsair 120mm fans), Corsair Carbide 300R case (with extra parts ordered from Corsair), ICY DOCK MB971SP-B DuoSwap 5.25" Hot-Swap Drive Caddy, Pioneer BDR-205, HDMI capture card, Antec 850w PSU.

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  • Paul C.
  • 3/16/2014 9:33:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAll good except USB

Pros: Nice BIOS, configurable, good looking build.

Cons: Intermittent USB dropouts. I occasionally experience USB dropouts on both Windows and Hackintosh where the mouse or keyboard disappear. On windows this inevitably happens in the middle of a game where I am in desperate combat and I get mowed down because I have no control over my mouse and kbd. On Hackintosh, once it drops, its gone and I have to reboot.
Aside from this flakey USB trouble, I am very happy with the board. I am hopeful GIGA makes a firmware update that will correct USB errors.

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 107540 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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