- Intel Z87
- 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
- DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
Impressed with this motherboard 03/09/2014
Nice looking motherboard, good layout.
12 usb 3.0 (with included 3.5" accessory), Plus more usb 3.0 depending on how many your PC case has mounted on front.
Plenty of onboard fan headers to control all the fans you need for your cooling option.
Cpu fan header and optional cpu fan header to run aftermarket cooling with 2 fans or water cooling setup.
10 sata III 6.0 gbs ports 6 intel and 4 marvell make it so you can run 2 raid setups.
4 ddr3 memory slots capable of running ram up to 3100mhz speed with bios settings.
Lots of options in bios for overclocking your cpu, memory, plenty of voltage settings to tweak you overclocks for stability.
Nice UEFI bios interface with the option to use classic mode in bios for easier setup if your not used to the newer UEFI configurations.
3 pci-express slots x16 x8 x4- Running 2 gpus in crossfire or SLI will run the pcie slots at x8 x8, pcie 3.0 with haswell Pentium cpu or higher, The haswell Celeron cpus do not support pcie 3.0 (only pcie 2.0).
The board I received has not had any of the issues I have seen in other reviews, It was setup and running with no problems runs everything great and fast. My board came as revision 1.1 (not the rev. 1.0 that seems to have been the more troubling board). See cons and other thoughts.
I had only 1 con with this board, But it was nothing to dock an egg for.
After first setup since I run a dedicated gpu I did what I would always do and went into bios and disabled the onboard graphics.
Well needless to say after windows setup the default hd audio drivers from windows ran the sound fine, But after installing the realtek drivers the sound would stop working after the reboot of the install I tried everything with no luck.
As it turns out with these haswell cpus on this board (not sure about other 1150 boards) you must leave the onboard graphics enabled to control the sound onboard as it is tied together.
So easy fix, after calling gigabyte just enable the onboard graphics, install realtek sound drivers, then install the SB x-fi software and the sound is perfect and nice sound settings with the SB x-fi.
Great setup I paired this with a haswell intel core i3-4130 cpu, amd radeon r7 260x 2gb pcie 3.0 graphics card, 2x4gb=8gb G.Skill ripjaws X 1866 ram (set xmp profile 1 in bios).
Ran cinebench r15 openGL scored 106 fps, on my AMD a10-6790k system with same vid card and ram score was only 72-75 fps, so pcie 3.0 setup makes a decent difference in fps for gaming.
And for everyone that likes the WEI scores- cpu 7.3/ memory 7.7/ desktop 7.7/ gaming 7.7/ and HDD 5.9 highest mechanical HDDs go, SSD drives score higher on this.
All in all I couldn't be happier with this motherboard, I recommend this board. Battlefield 4 plays super on my setup great game by the way.
CFI bastet pc case
Gigabyte ga-z87x-ud5h motherboard
G.skill 8gb ripjaws x dual channel 1866 ram
Amd radeon r7 260x 2gb ddr5 graphics card
Corsair cx750m 750w modular power supply
Intel core i3-4130 3.4ghz haswell cpu
LG sata bluray burner/dvd burner
Seagate sata III 1tb main HDD
WD sata III 3tb storage HDD
Zalman CNPS5X performa aftermarket cpu cooler.
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