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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)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
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Intel® Z97 Chipset

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • Precise digital CPU power design
  • SATA Express support for 10Gbps data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10Gbps data transfer
  • Killer™ E2200 and Intel gaming networking
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with built-in rear audio amplifier
  • 2x copper PCB design
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities



GIGABYTE 9 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards support the latest 4th & 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build.

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Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFire™ or SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


M.2 Onboard Connector

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gbps) storage devices.



SATA Express Connector

SATA Express interface provides multiple PCI Express lanes and 2 SATA 3.0 6Gbps ports, exposed through the same connector, allowing use of both PCI Express and SATA storage devices. Exposed PCI Express lanes are providing a pure PCI Express connection to the storage device, without any additional layers of abstraction.



Intel® Gigabit LAN

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.


Killer Networking

No Lag, Just Frag!
Select GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive Gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer™ E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.


Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio

The ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.

The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus two channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.


Built-In Rear Audio Amplifier

Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600O loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.


App Center

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.




Smart Quick Boost provides users with different levels of CPU frequencies to choose to achieve desired system performance.


Advanced CPU OC allows users to set CPU base clock, frequency, and voltages, and integrated graphics frequency.


Advanced DDR OC allows users to set the memory clock.


3D Power allows users to change power phase, voltage, and frequency settings.


Cloud Station™

GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ is composed of several GIGABYTE unique apps that allow your smart phones/tablet devices to communicate, share resources, and control desktop PCs via wireless connection.


HomeCloud allows users to share the files between your smart phone/tablet device and computer or back up the files from the device to the computer.


HotSpot turns your computer into a virtual wireless access point and allows you to share your connection with your other wireless devices.


GIGABYTE Remote allows users to remotely control the mouse / keyboard / Windows Media Player on your computer from your smart phone/tablet device.


Remote OC
Remote OC allows users to remotely control their desktop PC with a powerful suite of software functions that Include overclocking and system tweaking, system monitoring plus the ability to also remotely power down/reset the PC when needed.


Auto Green
Auto Green is an easy-to-use tool that provides users with simple options to enable system power savings via a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone/tablet devices. When the device is out of the range of the computer's Bluetooth receiver, the system will enter the specified power saving mode.


10K Durable Black™ Solid Caps

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for a guaranteed minimum of 10K hours. Not only do they provide ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, they also come in customized jet black from Nippon Chemi-Con and Nichicon.



2X Copper PCB Design (2oz 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.



5X (15µ) Gold Plated CPU Socket Design

GIGABYTE 9 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.


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GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ 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," protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.


ESD Protection for USB and LAN

GIGABYTE 9 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.

Power Failure Protection with Anti-Surge IC

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards also feature special anti-surge ICs that protect your motherboard, and your PC from any surge in power delivery that may occur, helping to ensure that your PC is equipped to deal with any potentially irregular and inconsistent power delivery.


Humidity Protection with New Glass Fabric PCB

There is nothing more harmful to the longevity of your PC than moisture, and most parts of the world experience moisture in the air as humidity at some point during the year. GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards have been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue, incorporating a new Glass Fabric PCB technology that repels moisture caused by humid and damp conditions.

Glass Fabric PCB technology uses a new PCB material which reduces the amount of space between the fiber weave, making it much more difficult for moisture to penetrate compared to traditional motherboard PCBs. This offers much better protection from short circuit and system malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions.



All New Heat Sink Design

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards feature new heat sink designs that offer uncompromisingly efficient cooling on key areas of the motherboard including the PWM area and chipset (PCH). GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards offer cooling support of the crucial PWM area so even the most aggressive and extreme configurations will be kept well within optimal thermal parameters.




Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 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.



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 motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.


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 HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

  • * The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
  • * Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
  • * All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
  • * Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

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

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  • Brad C.
  • 10/17/2014 2:42:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood board BUUUUUT

Pros: good board, solidly built and runs alright except for one glaring issue and from reading other people reviews and from checking everything else it seems to be the board itself

Cons: my computer randomly reboots itself under light load no load and heavy load it is completely at random, getting quite fed up with it, don't know exactly what is wrong but as other reviews have stated it just randomly shuts down

Other Thoughts: current setup:

Intel 4790k
gskill ripjaws 16gb (4x4gb)
EVGA gtx 660
Seasonic 850w psu
samsung 840 evo 250gb SSD
wd caviar black 1tb HDD
wd blue 500gb HDD

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  • Michael C.
  • 10/16/2014 11:46:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIm a fan of gig now

Pros: The mobo is awesome and suits my needs very well.
Bios tweaking is uber easy and its something beautiful to look at.

Cons: See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I can't put this as a con because its not, but I was confused by the bios menus for a bit. Its not complicated to be honest I just tend to rush through things and skip alot of reading. Well that caused me to not understand some stuff and me to get frustrated. This is completely my fault for rushing and even then it just caused me to have to read a bit more instead of clicking like a mad man

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  • Chris H.
  • 10/7/2014 11:53:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall I'm pleased

Pros: Solid build. I've had adventures getting everything stable, but it's not because of the motherboard, mostly me noobing it up. Love the UEFI/BIOS. Great community -- you can googleize most of the issues you'll run into yourself.

Cons: A little bummed I either spaced or didn't receive a badge. If GB is reading I'd really appreciate a replacement :)

Other Thoughts: AppCenter can be a bit of a hassle and EasyTune is suspect. Plus I had AVG set to turbo which (unknown to me at the time) kneecaps the app (presumably bc it's build with Microsoft NET. Though that's not really on the hardware per se.

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  • Vincent F.
  • 10/7/2014 9:48:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Sturdy, reliable, fast, lots of ports, easy to install, nice colors.

Cons: Occassional random BSODs.

Other Thoughts: I have gotten between 3 and 5 BSODs after using this motherboard for about two months now, but it has not hindered the performance. I recommend this motherboard, even if this review scares you.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming Motherboard!

Pros: Gigabyte is considered one of the top 10 motherboard
manufacture’s so when I received this motherboard those honors were confirmed.

This is a Intel LGA 1150 socket motherboard, I was very impressed with the memory overclock speeds all the way up 3200 DDR that’s awesome speeds.

This is definitely a high quality Motherboard at a median price could have a higher price tag according to specs but gigabyte likes to keep the prices low.

This mother board has Great expandability lots a SATA plugs for many drives and it also supports SLI and comes with a SLI bridge,

The M.2 SSD slot is also a great.
addition it been out for a while but just hasn’t seem to have caught on yet in mainstream using the M.2 SSD slot as a boot drive will make your computer that fastest machine on the block.

This motherboard supports raid 0/1/5/10 using the 8 onboard SATA ports, The Realtek built-in audio is 7.1 Dolby rated is good, dual gigabit Lan cards are manufactured by Qualcomm.

PS2 Port? What? Actually the reason lots of gaming computer companies are including PS2 ports on motherboards again are for speed and latency issues believe it or not PS2 is still faster than USB 3.0 so make sure your keyboard or gamepad you’re using is PS2 for the full capability’s.

On to the onboard features this motherboards has power, reset and clear cmos buttons right on the motherboard for when you are overclocking, also has a 2 digit diagnostic led display for trouble shooting codes.

The UEFI Dual BIOS will give you peace of mind and ease of use when setting up and overclocking your computer to it fastest and stable running specs.


Onboard Video/Graphics card with HDMI, DVI, VGA, 3 PCI Express 3.0 Slots and 2 PCI Express x1 slots and 2 Traditional PCI slots.

Cons: Im not going to subtract one star for the onboard video is limited for gaming it will work but you’re going to want to use the SLI capability of this board.
You cant expect high performance out of onboard video.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this Motherboard to any budget gamer or just some one that needs some good affordable Horsepower.

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  • Blake F.
  • 9/26/2014 2:02:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: This board has both the M.2 and the Sata Express. It can run a devil's canyon and hold a stable 4.7ghz. In a comparison of z97 boards done by maximum PC, this was the best board out of all tested, I have to agree.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: If you're one of those rich guys, get a haswell-e rig. Otherwise, this is the best out there.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board!!!

Pros: I'm going to start of the review with looks and aesthetics. First off, this is a really good looking and well designed board (Wouldn't expect anything less from Gigabyte) Color scheme of black and gold on the VRM heatsinks look good and it's nice that this board is a black pcb. You may have trouble finding gold internal components such as heatsinks or RAM but finding black shouldn't be a problem. Build quality looks awesome as well. Capacitors are soldered tight and are not loose or bent.

This is Z97 chipset which supports Intel's latest 5th gen Broadwell chips that are due for release and is backwards compatible with 4th gen Haswell. The Z97 chipset also supports M.2 and SATA Express which significantly increases data throughput for SSDs.

UEFI is easy to navigate and easy to use as well. The latest version was preloaded onto the board so there was no need to update from the get go. All typical functions are accessible without any hindrance whatsoever.

External I/O is average but good in my opinion with regards to the price point of this mobo. 6x USB 3.0 ports are included which has effectively replaced the older USB 2.0 ports these days but Gigabyte decided to through in 2x USB 2.0 ports fo rgood measure. Dual LAN which is neat but not often used is also included. Finally your typical 8 channel audio, VGA, DVI and HDMI ports are included. No Display Port but it does not matter since it does not enjoy widespread usage in the industry unlike HDMI and DVI.

Internal I/O is relatively decent as well. 8x SATA 3.0 headers are included which allows plenty of connectivity to internal drives and optical media bays. You also have 1x SATA Express port included which makes use of the Z97 functionality. Not in widespread use at the moment but allows for a certain degree of future proofing when it comes to SSD throughput speeds. SATA Express allows for a theoretical throughput of 10 Gb/s and makes use of the PCI Express bus for SSD throughput. Good thing about this is that it is backwards compatible with legacy SATA devices. Definitely looking forward to putting that to use in the future. Your typical 4x Dual Channel DDR3 RAM slots are included. 2x. USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 headers are also included giving plenty of options for external connectivity. With regards to PCI Express you have plenty of options. The board supports 2 way SLI and 3 way crossfire which gives you multiple options for use of graphics card and 2x PCI 1x ports are also included for use of additional cards. 2x legacy PCI cards are also included but may not be useful since sit right underneath the PCI Exppress x16 ports. 1x M.2 port is included which allows for use internal SSDs. However it is important to note that you can only use either M.2 or SATA Express at a time, not both since they share the same bus.

Overall installation is breeze since I have been doing this too many time already. Components snapped into place easily and booted up without a problem

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Cons: No 3 way SLI which I personally prefer over 3 way crossfire.

More I/O options

No Display Port

No DDR4 but this really isn't a con considering the price point of the mobo and the fact that DDR4 has reached widespread market saturation yet.

Other Thoughts: System Specs

- Intel Haswell i7 4770K
- Zalman CNPS9900A Heatsink
- Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 RAM - 2 x 8 GB modules
- Samsung EVO SSD 1 TB
- Seasonic Gold 750W PSU
- ASUS GTX 760 graphics card
- Windows 7 Professional

First off, boot speed. Booted up incredibly fast, within 8 seconds to the login screen. Temps were stable idling at around 27 - 30 C and with light load at 31 - 34 C. Didn't get a chance to do an overclock but past builds utilizing Z97 chipsets have not failed me at all. Spent about two weeks with moderate usage and no problems whatsoever.

Other little additions to this board such s DualBIOS, Killer E2200 and Audio Noise Guard; I really don't know how relevant these are with regards to improvement over past boards but history has shown that such additions are meaningless and gimmicky. I personally don't pay attention to these additions and I don't think they make a mobo a good mobo or better than other guy's mobo. When people come up to me and ask me how do I choose, I tell them to compare the I/O, the chipset, and main features to see what suits them the best with regards to their build. This is a solid mid-range board which provides a good amount of options to those looking to build a nice system on a moderate budget. Definitely not your typical enthusiast board but it gets the job done.

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5 out of 5 eggsSweet

Pros: My board shipped with the latest bios (F8) so I didn’t have to update them. Past experience with other boards is that updating the bios is often needed.

My Pros come from a hardware standpoint. You might say these are what you should expect from top-line feature-rich motherboard.
- Well built
- Quality hardware (capacitors – rated at 10,000hrs) with anti-surge and short-circuit support plus dual bios.
- 8 6Gb/s internal SATA connections provide excellent flexibility considering current generation of HDs and SSDs.
- Capability for M.2 or SATA Express if you have those. (I do not either of those pieces of hardware so can test that capability.) Using this will take up a couple of your SATA ports.
- On-board Intel video (HD4600) is a solid performer in case your graphics card is getting a bit old.
- Flexible graphics output with D-sub, DVI-D and HDMI ports.
- On-board audio acceptable unless you’re an audiophile.
- LED diagnostic display that can be extremely helpful should you encounter boot hardware problems.
- Dual LAN capability with Killer E2201 and Intel Gigabit adapters.

Cons: - The system fan header's location is different than most I’ve seen. At the far end of the board away from the CPU and memory. Make sure your system fan leads are long enough or get some extensions.
- I don’t like the UEFI setup -- not at all intuitive for me but that could be just me. Good news is the you’re just a click away from a legacy bios setup.

Other Thoughts: Should you consider an upgrade from a Z87 board? I would say no unless you want to use the M.2 or SATA Express capability now.
Should you consider an upgrade from an older motherboard, pre-Intel 8 series? Yes, this should be a consideration. It’ll work with the current Haswell and Devil’s Canyon CPUs plus the future Broadwell CPU.

The board booted straight out of the box, no problems. A Microsoft OS is always a hassle with new hardware, requiring ~5 minutes to reactivate the OS.
- I was unable to use Gigabyte’s EasyTune, that is particular to my OS setup so not typical to others.
- Manual overclocking is pretty straight forward if you’ve done it before. If not there are a number of overclocking guides on the web, look at them before you try it.
- Works well with my i7-4770K (running 4.7G using 1.325V, have not optimized this speed for voltage – voltage might need less).

Test-bench setup:
GA-Z97Z-UD5H (bios F8)
GSkill 8G (F3-2400C9-4FTXD)
Windows 7 64bit (fully updated) on Samsung 840 Pro 120G

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5 out of 5 eggsWell built and feature rich

Pros: This is going down in my book as my favorite motherboard ever of all my builds. The quality is superior to many other of my past motherboards and it does not skimp on features. I will not list all of the features as they are all listed here in some of the other reviews but one that I look forward to using is the M.2 port which is ridiculously fast (10Gbps) and is a future proof feature on this board. You also get SATA express (10Gbps) so this is great to have both options available. Currently I am using 2 SSDs in raid-0 and I would never go back to anything other than a raid-0 config with SSDs but this port is a game changer and I look forward to upgrading to a single SSD in the future. I will wait for prices to drop later to upgrade.

The board is built very well with easy to read white print on black background and even though I wasn't a fan of the gold heat sinks, they are kind of growing on me after it went into my Antech 900 case. The board has black durable solid state capacitors that are rated at an amazing 10K hours. The CPU socket is gold plated which is going to protect it from corrosion over time. I expect this motherboard to easily last 10 years but most likely longer although I will have already upgraded like I usually do every 3-4 years. This board is built solid with longevity in mind. The board even has humidity protection with glass fabric PCB wove design. I am really shocked with how well this board is built with so many options for the price.

If you are like me and use a lot of USB 3.0 ports, this board will not disappoint. There are 6 USB 3.0 ports in the rear (along with 2 USB 2.0 ports) but keep in mind that the front USB 3.0 ports have a direct link to the Z97 chipset. I had to find this information in the manual and many people will miss this. So keep this in mind.

There are so many graphical options such as VGA, DVI, HDMI which are on the board or you can use 2 way sli or 3 way crossfire solutions. I really did not like having boards that would only do either sli or crossfire because of upgrading but this does them both so no worries and again future proofing you to the best your money can buy.

There is an onboard power button, CMOS clear button, reset button, single and dual bios switches, a debug display and an onboard voltage meter which is perfect for the overclocking enthusiast.

The board comes with both a Intel LAN and Killer E2200 network connectors. I have a Killer network card in my Alienware M18x laptop and love it. I have not tested this much on this board but with the latest bios (F8) it seems to be working fine. This board is rev 1.1. The only difference in rev. 1.0 and 1.1 is the audio noise guard with LED lighting so don't worry too much about the rev 1.0 over the 1.1 The website is easy to navigate and find drivers which I fully enjoy over the ASUS website for my previous board which was always a pain.

Cons: The only con I can find is that I thought I got a DOA board and was about to pull my hair out. I finally got the bios flashed and changed some voltage settings and it is now stable. I believe my power supply is the cause of this and will be replacing it soon. I am also in the process of buying another graphics card for this build so I am not taking full advantage of this board yet.

Other Thoughts: Paired with a Intel Core i7-4770 I am extremely happy with the motherboard and the performance. I still have more testing I want to do and will update this review later but right now I feel like I my M18X Alienware laptop is slow compared and that speaks volumes IMO.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/13/2014 11:06:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsgreat trouble free board

Pros: Z97X-UD5H

I have used Gigabyte boards before and they have always been very reliable to me in the past. I also hear that you can install Mac OS X on them very easily.
First thing you notice is how heavy the box is. Opening the box I see that the motherboard is protected from the accessories by an inner half box. Removing the motherboard and protecting half box you see the accessories, 4 SATA cables, install manual, user manual, driver/utilities disk SLI bridge, I/O shield and of course a Gigabyte sticker. I was surprised only a SLI bridge was included. I guess they want you to buy an Nvidia GPU.
Looking at the mother board you see 6 fan headers, 5 appear to be PWM headers. Also of value to me are the 6 usb 3.0 ports on the back and the internal usb 3.0 port also looking forward to trying out the M.2 port.
Something worth mentioning is at the top right of the board are 8 sets of 2 points, they are called pins in the manual. They are used to measure component voltages. This will be great for advanced over clocking and diagnosing. The bios switches are located there too so you can switch between bios.
The extra power for the second video card is a SATA power supply cable , that's a nice switch from the 4 pin molex connector.
At the first power up I suggest you enter bios and take a look around. You will notice an overwhelming amount of selections. The most important setting is the SATA mode as you can't change that easily afterward as just switching it will cause windows to crash at boot. I suggest AHCI mode as it is the most efficient.
This is the first board that I don't see any approved OS listings anywhere in the manuals or in the box but all the pictures in the manuals are Windows 8 or 8.1 so I used Win 8.0 to set up this board.
Installing Win 8 went smoothly. After windows installed I used a program called DriverPackSolution 14.8 to update all drivers to the latest available. Be careful when installing the drivers from the driver disk, there are a lot of programs on there you don’t need or may not want. Make sure you do a custom install if you do use the disk.

My system is a very basic system with 1 hd , 8gb ram and a Celeron cpu.

I was surprised to see that i was able to play hd movies with no problem with great sound through the hdmi port and play some low end games without any video stalling using my lowly Celeron.
The Ethernet ports are great also either one of them.

In closing this is just a great motherboard. I have had zero crashes and no problems setting this board up and no problems for the time I've been using it.

Cons: The cost maybe?

Other Thoughts: This can be used as a basic machine with built in video(with proper cpu) or maxed out to be a great game machine

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