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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Spencer F.
  • 7/28/2014 11:46:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but some odd behavior

Pros: Looks awesome.
Onboard LEDs are cool and helpful.
Works.
Multiple BIOS options allow you to pick which one works best for you (classic mode, advanced mode, etc., although it took me a few tries to figure this out.)

Cons: Some sata ports are difficult to connect to because of how it lines up with my case.
Had a few issues when first booting, hence the egg being docked. It had trouble detecting the correct SSD to boot from and when I changed the boot order it didn't seem to go through the order correctly the next restart. I did some reconfiguration in BIOS and restarted again and it is working fine now.

My CPU cooler blocks the 4th RAM slot because the RAM is pretty close to the CPU

Other Thoughts: Had to change the RAM Frequency from 1300 to 1600 in BIOS, it didn't automatically detect what my ram was supposed to be running at. It was very easy to find and change this in the bios.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/24/2014 8:46:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this board

Pros: This is the easiest install I've ever experienced. If you are looking for a quality, fast, sturdy, fast, and versatile motherboard, this is the one you want.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried to OC it, but with an i7 and ssd, why?
I installed this board and had the pc up an running is about 45 minutes. No bsod, no glitches...I really like the construction and also the reset button on the board, plus it has an led readout in case you were to do something stupid and need to diagnose it...Gigabyte rocks!

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  • David F.
  • 7/13/2014 2:40:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H

Pros: Well, coming from an ASUS Formula V Z77 which is an awesome board @ 4.6 GHZ I can say I was sceptical of Gigabyte..I will say I didn't like the looks of this board at all but it is sturdy and well built..Once I got it in and all setup it looked quite good with my ASUS 660s in SLI but not as good as the ASUS board..After it booted I was horrified by the looks of the bios compared to the ASUS boards, this looked 1999 to me..No it isn't polished like ASUS but once I got it stable @ 4.6 GHZ I was quite pleased with it..The price is a huge plus, for the money you get a very stable platform for the 4790K..
Dual bios is very nice for them mistakes..
Newegg got it to me 3 days early, wasn't scheduled till the 14th..Thanks NewEgg!

Cons: No cons really other than the bios, but I am spoiled with using ASUS and it's polished BIOS interface..

Other Thoughts: The reason I didn't buy another ASUS board was because of all the horror stories about support so I took a chance on Gigabyte.
I would fully recommend this board..

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  • Josh A.
  • 7/11/2014 12:19:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLow reviews, but good product

Pros: Stable and reliable.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: It had the ports I needed, and plenty of room to expand later. I was looking at boards for an i7. I ended up getting a GTX 670 too. Everything is working great at this point.

It had somewhat low reviews, so I wanted add my thoughts.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 7/8/2014 12:42:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Board For The Price

Pros: I like the looks of it. Well constructed. No issues with the board that I'm aware of so far.

A great all around board. I chose this one because I liked the looks of it, it seemed pretty high quality, and unlike other gaming-based board this one has a regular PCI slot that I can use to for my M-Audio Delta 44 sound card that I use for home studio recording applications.

Cons: Some people are complaining about the BIOS. I'm not as tech savvy as some people with using the BIOS but really haven't had enough confusion to dock this board an egg or not recommend it.

Just hit F2 and go into the classic BIOS mode...it's simple and easy to use IMO.

Other Thoughts: I was initially going to go with ASUS but decided to go with this board and have no regrets. I think it looks better than the ASUS Z97 boards. Well constructed and everything seems to work great.

Works well with both Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17, which I have installing on two separate SSD drives.

No regrets so far on this purchase.

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5 out of 5 eggs2 MONTHS TESTED, RESULT: STABLE!

Pros: I ran this board now for over a month. I've been using it heavily for gaming and productivity. It has run well the entire time.

It's got the latest chipset which is Intel's Z97. Its got native support for anything Broadwell. I however only had a 4770K to use. This supports Haswell just fine though and it's what I ran for the last month. I wish I could have tested out the newer 4790K, but it simply wasn't available to me.

The layout of the board was pretty good. Everything in the expect place. SATA have 90° turned plug-ins at the side of the board. Aside from that, every cable connection on the board is located on the side of the board. So no worries about running cables across.

On-board power, reset and clear CMOS buttons are becoming quite standard affair on boards as of late, and in keeping with that this board has that also.

2-Way SLI/Crossfire is supported, as is 3-Way (at least in theory, I'll explain later). For 2-Way there is a slot of separation as to not starve any double slot cooled GPUs of airflow.

The color scheme is nice in that the board is mostly black. The gold heat sinks on the other hand would be anyone's personal preference. I personally don't care for them, but I could see how someone might.

I've never found a use for double NICs, but I know people who are looking for that feature. This board has 2 NICs. One from Intel and the other a Killer NIC (intent is gaming purposed, again in theory).

So much of the pros on this board however are not unique to this one board and much of what I've said can be found on many models.

Stability was paramount however, and while that should simply be an expected part of any released product, I've owned Gigabyte boards in the past that were full of unique features, boasted really impressive benchmarks and were simply gorgeous to look at, but at the end of the day often were quirky in terms of stability. I'd get strange unexplainable blue screens that I could never track down, or weird start-up issues, or just any type of strangeness that would often force me in to replacing the board with something else. I can't say that about this board. It simply was something I could run every day without issue and forget it was even there. That's what I'm looking for in any motherboard and I will say this board has it. It's also the reason why I decided I wouldn't post a review on this board until I had ran it for nearly 2 months.

So it's a really impressive board just on the recognition that it was 100% problem free. With it's price well below $200, even more impressive.

Cons: When a board doesn't give me any issues, it's hard to find a lot negative to say. So if this section is a bit brief, then take that as an indication of what kind of board this really is.

2 NICs. As I stated in the Pros is nice for those who can use it. Most can't. So it's an added expense that doesn't seem justified. One could argue that because of the two different types it gives the consumer the option of using either the Intel NIC or the Killer. Having used both extensively myself, I don't know why anyone would care for the Killer. It's supposed to be better for gaming, but I've yet to ever see any evidence of that. When you look latency in games, I never see a difference. They say, "Oh, well the differences really can't be measured. It's more of a subjective thing.", but like I said, I've used both on many different boards and products, I even used each NIC for half the time on this board, and I could not tell any difference.

The key difference for me was that with the Intel NIC, the drivers are installed and you never really deal with them again. With the Killer, they more frequently are updating their drivers, which are needed to make use of some of the Killer supposed features. I don't really care to keep updating my NIC drivers, especially when I can't garner any tangible difference after doing so. If I just use the Intel NIC, I forget about it entirely and simply use my machine without concern of how it's connected to any network or internet.

To justify the double NICs, I think they should make them both Intel's and give some added bonus feature like the ability to team them. Until then, save me the money and just put the Intel NIC on the board and call it a day.

3-Way SLI/Crossfire support is there, with a couple of caveats. The least unique issue is the number of PCI-E lanes give to each card when 3 are plugged in. Not a failing the board so much as the design of the Z97 chipset. Any Z97 board is going to have this issue, barring the addition of a PLX chip. Those themselves have their pros and cons. They work great for multi-GPU, and less so for just a single GPU. Some board are designed to switch effortlessly between single and multi where it either uses or bypasses the PLX chip. But you have to remember that it only adds more cost; cost for the PLX chip, and cost for the added circuitry and design.

Secondly, GPUs 2 & 3 don't have any space between them when the GPU's are using double slot coolers (which aren't aren't these days?) and therefore will often starve GPU 2 of adequate air flow.

Thirdly, there is no additional power plug to provide more power to the PCI-E lanes. I see this as an issue very worth mentioning as I've had boards fail me running 3-Way that didn't have this. It should work fine for 2-Way, for 3, look for a better board.

OK, so maybe this section wasn't that brief, but that's mostly because I talked in depth about a few very minor issues, most of which are hardly unique to this board alone.

Other Thoughts: I see quite a few others mentioning the BIOS as being confusing. Personally I didn't take much issue with it. This might be because I have used a couple of boards now with Gigabyte UEFI bios's and this one is very like those previous bios's in how they are laid out. I will say though that it could be better. Asus and MSI both have better UEFI layouts. But unless you are someone who keeps going in to make changes, ask yourself how much it matters to have a perfectly laid out BIOS. I'd suggest you look past the issue, deal with some immediate confusion and then simply use the board.

This board given to me for review was a bit of a downgrade for me. I was sporting an Asus Maximus VI Formula prior, a much pricier board. In that board I was running a XFX R9 295X2 with a MSI Gaming R9 290X for 3-Way Crossfire. I decided to do the same for this board, despite the fact that this board did not provide the additional power plug for multi-GPU configurations. In addition to the 3-Way GPUs, I ran with a 4770K overclocked to 4.7GHz, 16GB of DDR3-2133 and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD. Cooling was done with a Corsair H110. I ran Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Now that I'm done reviewing, I'm going to go back to the Asus. You maybe asking, "But why go through all that trouble to go back to Z87 when you couldn't tell a difference between the two boards?". The reason is that this is essentially the 3rd build with all the same components for me now. The first was a MSI Z87 M-Power Max that also did not have the additional power plug for multiple-GPUs. The board ran 3-Way for awhile, until it didn't. The Asus board having the power plug has allowed me to run without issue for a long time now. So I fear that if I keep up using 3-Way that this board will simply succumb to the same fate as my MSI. I will state that one keep difference here is that prior I was using 3 reference 290X cards instead of the 295X2 + 290X. So with there having been 3 physical cards as opposed to 2 now, that might have made a difference also. Still I don't want to take any chances and that is the only reason I'll be giving up this otherwise very stable and impressive board.

Now I touched on the appearance of this board already where I stated that I didn't care for the gold coloring. I also did not like the heat sinks themselves in that they simply aren't attractive despite their color. They look cheap and dated, like something you'd find on a board from 10 years ago.

Fortunately they have a BK (black) model that gets rid of the gold. The design of the heat sinks are still bad, but because of them being black don't look at all terrible. Too bad though if you want what is otherwise essentially the same board despite the color change, they are asking an additional $25. I'd go for the extra cost personally, but I can understand why some might take offence to that.

In the end, if you are looking for a new Z97 board to run brand new CPU with either 1 or 2 GPUs, this board is awesome for the price.

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  • Gregory W.
  • 6/28/2014 2:57:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHad the features I wanted at a good price.

Pros: Seems to be of good quality. The PCB doesn't flex easily, good solder work, and name-brand components. Features I was looking for were an intel LAN chip, onboard debug display, good VRM heatsinks, Z97 chipset, and aesthetically reasonable considering this is a windowed-case build. To my surprise the onboard power LED is orange which matched the theme of this build. Fits a large 140mm CPU air cooler without any clearance issues or board flexing (Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK).

Cons: SATA power connector should either be raised slightly, or needs to be perpendicular with the PCB. The right angle connector stresses when used with right angle SATA power connectors supplied with most high end power supplies. Not enough to deduct an egg, but something I would like to see Gigabyte address.

Other Thoughts: Overall I would recommend this product to a friend. Very pleased with the purchase.

Not listed on the RAM QVL, but compatible with the XMP profile on Mushkin Enhanced Redline model 997170R. Great memory for the money with tight timings and quality heatsinks.

To Gigabyte: Would like to see the listed con addressed in future versions of the UD5H series, and include the onboard debug display on more motherboards. It makes all the difference diagnosing POST issues vs vague beep codes. Debug cards are nice, but you either need one for every interface, or half the time they don't work with the PCIE to PCI bridge chips on motherboards these days.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/28/2014 4:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: everything you need at a mid range price. Like manna from heaven.

Cons: none

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5 out of 5 eggsFeature Rich at a Great Price Point

Pros: I’m really liking this motherboard and want to give Gigabyte a pat on the back for cramming so much stuff into such a reasonably priced motherboard. The box includes a manual, driver CD (although you should always use the current version found on their website), two SATA cables and your SLI / CrossFire cable. The motherboard is very well made and I was surprised by the weight. You can tell they are definitely putting some heavy duty components on this board. It also looks nice with the black matte finish and gold color heat sinks. It has all the standard features which you can find in the description, but what I liked was the onboard power button for testing and the Debug LED.

It also contains some functionality that sets it apart from most other boards, such as an M.2 SATA port that can run at 10Gb/s and a SATA Express port you can use. Too bad it’s pretty much impossible to find a M.2 SSD that runs at 10Gb/s, but I definitely looked. The board supports 32GB of RAM, which is plenty for anyone that isn’t doing some high end graphic design, but I would have liked to see a max of 64GB. Speaking of RAM, it supports about anything under the sun and you can over clock until your eyeballs fall out.

The dual LAN ports are nice, especially since you get one Qualcomm and one Intel. It also supports both CrossFire and SLI, which I didn’t test as I used the on-board HD4600 GPU of my processor (Intel i7-4770K). My test system also included 32GB of RipJaw RAM, Windows 7 x64, a 120GB Intel Cherryville SSD and a Corsair 750w Power Supply. Since I hate Windows 8.1, I didn’t have the opportunity to test the UEFI functionality, although I would gladly wait an extra few seconds for the system to boot, than have to deal with Windows 8.1.

Anyway, the BIOS offers a ton of functionality, but I found it to be pretty clumsy if you don’t want to have more control than the “EasyTune QuickBoost”. I do love the DualBIOS switch in case you mess things up, which is entirely possible once you start playing around.

Cons: My biggest complaint is the positioning of the SATA connectors. They come off the side of the board instead of up out of the board. This drove me crazy and made it a nightmare to plug in HDDs and deal with cable management. I’m not going to dock an egg for this because I feel that the overwhelming number of additional features (SATA Express + M.2 SATA) outweighs the connector location and BIOS clumsiness.

Other Thoughts: : I really like this board. It is feature rich without putting a huge hole in your wallet. It offers room for expansion and I can see it lasting me for years when I can take advantage of the 10Gb/s transfer speeds. There is a ton of ports in the back so I don’t ever see running out of connections, along with a good number of PCIx slots should I ever need them.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to test things like the Cloud Station (I have a Synology NAS I use to access things remotely anyway), or the HotSpot (although I’m not really sure who would actually use that feature). I also really wanted to try out the 4K support, but sadly don’t have a 4K monitor to test it on.

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  • Richard C.
  • 6/18/2014 11:37:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFast board

Pros: Win7x64 windows experience score 7.8 ! With an I5 cpu and a GTX760 TI 4gb videocard, 16gb of Crucial 1666 memory.
It's from Newegg
Blew through the latest 3D Mark
Alphonso in Claims is on the ball! smart, caring ,excellent customer service.

Cons: Newegg shipping department lost the 5th egg.

Other Thoughts: Does anyone remember the Samsonite luggage Gorilla?

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