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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3100(OC)/3000(OC)

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With its great blend of features and technologies, the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard is the ultimate platform for your next PC build. It's based on the latest Intel Z97 Express chip, and works nicely with Intel Core ix and Pentium/Celeron processors in an LGA 1150 packaging. Engineered to last, this motherboard boasts durable black solid caps, a 2x copper PCB design, a gold-plated CPU socket, and an all-new heatsink on the PWM and chipset. An array of safety features guard your motherboard from electrostatic discharge, power surges, and short circuit damage caused by humidity. In addition to raw performance, this model is also equipped with the latest SATA Express and M.2 transfer technology, exclusive high-end audio features, advanced gaming networking, and scalable multi video cards support, making it an ideal choice for your next powerhouse.

  • newegg 10K Durable Black Solid Caps and 2x Copper PCB Design (2 oz Copper PCB) 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. 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.
  • newegg 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 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.
  • newegg SATA Express Connector The SATA Express interface provides multiple PCI Express lanes and two SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg 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.
  • newegg Gigabyte's Exclusive DualBIOS (UEFI) Design GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS, an exclusive technology 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’, keeping users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings, or power failure during the update process.

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  • Tyson D.
  • 12/12/2014 1:27:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: I bought this motherboard to install OSX on and it works so I got what I needed from it.

Cons: I cant disable USB power when the computer is turned off. There doesn't seem to be an option in the BIOS for it and no answers online. It's kind of annoying that I either have to switch the PSU off or switch off my power strip to get the USB power to turn off.

Also it's difficult to plug in some sata ports if you have a large GPU because they sit right behind the pci slot

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  • Michael H.
  • 11/29/2014 12:20:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Motherboard

Pros: I put this in a Corsair 500R case and have 7 fans and water cooling hooked up in this case with no issues.

More than enough USB ports witch is great

3 video cards if you want to SLI or Crossfire

Up to 10 Gbps transfer speed across the bus

Cons: Sata ports are in a bad location if you use a large video card like my GTX 760 you will need to get all your sata ports hooked up before putting a video card in the first PCIE slot or you wont be able to reach the sata ports.

Other Thoughts: Easy fix to Con is to pay attention and hook up all your Sata connections first. However this also means that anytime you need to add a new Sata device you are going to have to take out your video card to do it. I have many more positive than negatives. I like the board design other than the Sata ports and this works will with Hackintosh builds if your into that.

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  • Kelly P.
  • 10/16/2014 6:55:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: Easy BIOS setup
Input Labeled well
All round good motherboard

Cons: The sata ports are directly under the PCIex16, which can make changing sata a pain when you have a large video card, but I don't know where else you might put the sata ports, so I'll let that go.

The board is not as wide as full form ATX, which means it does not sit on the 3rd screw slots. So the motherboard hangs off a few inches from the 2nd screw slots. This makes me nervous when plugging in a 24 pin power connector. You really have to press down hard, and I worry I'm going to snap the thing. Same goes for the USB3 connector. But I didn't snap it, so maybe it can take the punishment.

Only 1 pci-e x16 slot, but I knew that going in, so if I wanted 2, I should have shopped around more. In hindsight, I should have gotten a MB with two pci-e x16's. I set up a crossfire, and performance is less than what it could have been. If you intend to set up crossfire or SLI, keep shopping.

Other Thoughts: I saw a few of the other reviews about the M2 set up, which I'm not too worried about. I mean this thing has like 6 SATA slots. How many does the average gamer really need? For me, just 3. an SSD and an HDD, and a BD-Rom. I'll cross the M2 bridge when i come to it.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 10/6/2014 8:51:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

Pros: Solid state capacitors are nice but thats all i have to say

Cons: Lose PCI Express slots, Can only use 8x slot for 660 16x won't display, Poor website site design for Gigabyte and not idea what im updating with newer frim wear. Seems to also be causing Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver to fail. Got it in 7i bundle.

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 114720 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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5 out of 5 eggsStabile and Decent Mid-Range Board For The Everyday User

Pros: So far with my few weeks of use I have been very happy with this motherboard. The construction appears to be good, there are a decent amount of options and ports for this class of board. I was happy to see some legacy items, like a PS/2 port and a standard PCI port on this motherboard, granted some may see those unnecessary, in some cases that would make this board much more desirable. There are a total of 8 usb ports on the I/O panel of this board (4 x USB2 and 4 x USB3). Out of the box this board was very easy to setup, I had no troubles in Windows 7 installing drivers and getting everything to work. For a mid-range board there are a decent number of ports and options including a M.2 socket for a Solid State Drive. There are a decent number of case fan connectors and extra USB headers to satisfy the average DIYer. The bios was easy to navigate for me. Performance wise this board runs just as smooth as one of my other machines with a slightly higher end board also made by Gigabyte. I did not run into any compatibility issues with any of the hardware I installed in this board.

Cons: A few issues I have with this board are as follows. The first thing I noticed while I was handling the board is that the heatsinks on the voltage regulators are a bit flimsily mounted, bumping them with my hand was enough to rock the heatsink, I feel like other boards I have handled have been a bit sturdier in this aspect. I do not like the fact that you have to disable some sata ports to use the onboard SSD socket ( granted I did not use this feature). The rear I/O area could be just a bit more organized, for example, putting all the USB ports in one area instead of being spread out and on the tops and bottoms of other ports. For the size of this board I would not mind having it be able to use more mounting screws on the motherboard tray in the area of the ATX power connector and ram so I don't have to worry about the board flexing when I plug stuff in. I do not feel I had any real troubles with this board so I am not knocking off any stars.

Other Thoughts: : I tested this board with the following components: Corsair HX 650 PSU, Intel Core i5-4690, Western Digital Black 1TB HDD, Corsair Vengeance 8 Gb (2x4gb) Low Profile Kit, Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 750 Video Card, and to top it off a Zalman CNPS9500 Cpu Cooler. When installing this board I did the standard run through of making sure the BIOS was the latest version and I got the newest stable drivers for all of the hardware. This is a decent motherboard for most mid-range machines, there are some features and build qualities that do make higher end boards ( including the higher end Gigabyte boards ) stand out compared to this board. This board is going into a media center PC for my parents and so far it's been a breeze to setup and use, Gigabyte is definitely on par with the user experience and stability for the average user here for sure. I did not try overclocking or pushing any of the hardware harder than stock settings as it's not needed for the application this board will be used in. Overall I am giving this board a 5-star rating as I didn't have any major complaints, upsets, or issues with it. I do feel the board could be a bit sturdier in the heatsinking department and the layout could use some improving, but those are not really much of a reason to nick a star off of it.

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4 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Intel 1150 GA-Z97X-UD3H

Pros: Good cooling/heatsinks for onboard components.
Supports high-speed dual-channel DDR3.
Decent price compared to other Intel 1150 boards.
BIOS offers fairly intuitive over/under-clocking options.
6 x SATA 6Gb/s with M.2 and SATA Express features.
7.1 channel onboard sound.
4x USB 3.0 rear slots, onboard USB 3.0 add-on option.
Offers M.2 for SSDs.
Still offers PS/2 ports.

Cons: Cannot access M.2 or SATA Expresss features and use all available SATA slots at the same time. I have 5 SATA 7200rpm HDs and 2 SSDs so this is a big con for me.
Only 1 16x PCIe, 2nd is 8x, 3rd is 4x.
Color scheme compared to most Intel boards I see these days is lacking. I still like the mostly black but the yellow\orange colors match none of the hardware I own.

Other Thoughts: I have an i7-4790K running @ 4.6GHz on this board with an aftermarket air cooler using 2x 120mm fans in a push/pull configuration blowing out the top of my case. Idling the CPU runs ~25-35°C, intense gaming runs ~55-60°C. I also have 2x 4GB DDR3 2400 running @ 2600 also with no temperature issues. Have had no problem with the GA-Z97X-UD3H's temperatures.
This is a good entry level 1150 motherboard but not a good option for someone interested in using top-of-the-line features and hardware.

I wouldn't choose this motherboard because:
1) the orange looks awful through my side window
2) I can't run my 2 PCIe GPUs @ 16x
3) I can't run my SATA HDs and use the M.2 feature for my SSDs at the same time

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4 out of 5 eggsRev 1.0 not quite there, yet

Pros: M.2, XMP support, PCI slot for legacy cards,

Cons: Loss of 2 SATA ports to use M.2 (should have been on its own chip instead of breaking up the SATA 0/1 ports from 2/3/4/5)

As others have noted, the sinks for the mosfet's around the CPU are Extremely flimsy, and will rock if gently touched. This shows a very poor design & QC for GB's supposed flagship UltraDurable line.

Not all of the shown PCIe x16 are actually x16, but are pinned out for x16, x8, and x4 as you go down the line. Using a x16 retainer for the lower connections was a poor excuse to try to save money. I have also discovered that the x16 pinned for x4 is not all there either, as it will only function 2/4 ports of a 4-port server NIC.

The OS support list is severely lacking since they only list 7/8/8.1, yet have completely ignored any Server OS of the same eras (WHS/WHS11, 08/R2, SBS11, 12/R2). Drivers for onboard peripherals can be made to work under these OS's, but only if the drivers are forced.

Setting BIOS to Fast/UltraFast boot disables the KB until the OS boots, making it impossible to access the BIOS without disconnecting the boot drive.

Other Thoughts: While the M.2 is a beautiful feature, and under F/UF boot it gets to a non UEFI OS in about 12 seconds, the achievable speeds are noticeably lacking the "zip" that is in its specifications (based on several tests using 2 separate Z97X-UD3H and Plextor PX-G512M6e pairings).

I was hoping to be getting the Rev 1.1 board when I ordered them, but many vendors are clearing out old R1.0 boards as fast as they can due to the known issues.

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  • Andrew C.
  • 7/11/2014 4:21:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA little Disappointed

Pros: Haven't found any yet

Cons: Well got the board was excited been about 5 yrs since I've had the money to buy all new components for a system. Got this board giddy with anticipation when the rest arrived and began to build. Got everything hooked up pushed the power button, heard the whir of the PS and then it shut off. Weird i thought, bought new case, PS figured now I got it. Still no joy powers up for about one sec, fans begin to rotate then it dies...really sad about now :(

Other Thoughts: I just wanna new system to use, really bummed because it is gonna take longer to enjoy a new system :(

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 111800 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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3 out of 5 eggsIdentity Crisis

Pros: I have used Gigabyte boards for years and I (knock on wood) have never had an issue with quality or features. Unfortunately that trend does not continue with this main board. Cutting to the chase, I think this board was rushed to market to make sure it was released in time for the Haswell refresh.

It's almost as if Gigabyte included the features people are expecting for a z97 chipset, but didn't take any other parts of the board into account. I'll get into that a little bit more in the other areas. As it stands, this is not a bad item but I can't justify the price they are asking for what's included.

It is really nice to see the M.2 spec included. Of course you get UEFI which is like night and day when coming from an old BIOS. In fact it has double BIOS, so if you make a mistake you have some redundancy to fall back on. Although not entirely comprehensive, the overclocking features are nice to have.

Cons: So looking back at the pros, they are also the parts where I just don't think time was spent on any other area. Want to use that new M.2 feature? Great, but now you are two SATA ports down. Want to use two or more video cards? Great, but now you're down at least one PCI slot. Want to overclock your new Haswell? Great, but good luck pushing it and keeping the mosfets cool at the same time.

Like I said, they included features an enthusiast wants and craves, but none of the supporting features you really need to put the whole package together. If you aren't going to use all of those features then this board will work fine, but then it would be overpriced for what it's used for. Like I said, identity crisis.

Other Thoughts: Because there aren't too many supporting boards (on release) for the Haswell refresh, I'm sure the enthusiasts are willing to look past some of it's pit falls. But now that more are coming to market you may want to do some deeper comparison shopping before making a decision. Again, this is not a BAD product, you just might have a touch of buyers remorse after reading reviews for something else in the same price range.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your informative comments. Following the Intel 9-series chipset design with the use of a flexible I/O switch to support the M.2/SATA Express bandwidth through SATA, only one may be used at a time. Translating this to GIGABYTE’s model, if you configure the M.2 or SATA Express, two SATA3 ports (4 & 5) will be disabled. However, four SATA3 ports (0 thru 3) will still be available and usable.


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5 out of 5 eggsGreat budget board for mid-range enthusiasts

Pros: This was a motherboard that I was considering to go into my next build (and Newegg, being awesome, made it one to be reviewed).

I was very impressed with the features this board had to offer, and how easy it was to make use of them. The single biggest feature of this board in my opinion is the BIOS; it actually has a GUI complete with mouse and keyboard support (There is the option for the more standard BIOS setup which is easily turned on the moment you enter it for those who prefer). The descriptions for each entry are also pretty easy to understand or google if you're unfamiliar. Overclockers will like this board, too, for the ease of tweaking your hardware. Pretty much anything that can be tweaked, is tweakable: CPU base clock and multiplier (if your CPU supports that), RAM speeds and timings, PCIe speeds, voltages for everything, etc. I had a really fun time just tweaking my system getting it to run at its most efficient.

The onboard RAID controller was also very easy to set up; I didn't have any hardware to be able to test the M.2 capabilities, but I had to make use of all the SATA ports anyway. I particularly prefer the 90 degree SATA ports; helps with cable management.

Cons: There's only 1 actual con worth mentioning: in order to use the M.2 function some of the SATA ports need to be disabled and are useless.

These next two points aren't really “cons”, per-say; just something to be aware of: no PATA ports (I had to buy a new ODD to install the operating system), and the RAM needs to be manually overclocked in the BIOS to make use of any speeds greater than 1600.

Other Thoughts: For some reason, there was always a “PCI Simple Communications Controller” in my device manager that never got properly installed, despite using the driver CD that came with the board and downloading drivers off GIGABYTE's website. I've no idea what it's for, but I haven't and don't foresee myself running into any issues.

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