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Review: Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Motherboard

Review: Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H LGA 1150 Motherboard

Sam ChenFebruary 13, 2015

The Almost Best $200 Class Enthusiast Motherboard

gigabyte-z87x-ud5h-lga-1150-motherboard-custom-pc-review-35With the release of Intel’s latest Z87 chipset and their accompanying Haswell parts, many motherboard manufacturers are scurrying to put out their latest generation of motherboards and with some of the features we’ve seen from various vendors this generation, competition is fiercer than ever. Now when it comes to the enthusiast market, I think each motherboard manufacturer’s $150, $200, and flagship motherboards are arguably the most important of the bunch.

The $150 price category is particularly important because price conscious enthusiasts want a board that has a certain set of base features, but aren’t necessarily interested in the features offered by higher end, higher priced motherboards. The $200 category on the other hand is for those enthusiasts with a couple more bucks to spare, enjoy tweaking and tinkering with their hardware, and most importantly are interested in having a more feature rich motherboard that allow them to throw in additional storage and additional expansion cards down the line. Finally, there’s also the flagship motherboards that aren’t necessarily the best sellers, but really show the enthusiast market what a motherboard manufacturer is capable of accomplishing when all cost factors are removed.

Now today we’ll be reviewing the Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H, which is a motherboard that falls into the $200 range and looking at its feature set, it’s definitely quite competitive.

Ready to take a closer look? Read on to the next page!

Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H Specifications

ChipsetIntel Z87
Memory4x DDR3 DIMM Slots (Up to 32GB)
Dual Channel, Up to DDR3 3000 (OC)
VideoIntel HD Graphics
Discrete Graphics
AudioRealtek ALC898 7.1 Channel Audio
TI DRV632 Headphone Amplifier (Up to 600 ohm)
LAN2x Intel Gigabit LAN
Slots1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot @ x16
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot @ x8
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot @ x4
3 x PCIe 1x slots
1 x PCI slot
Storage6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors (Intel Chipset)
4 x SATA 3 6.0 Gb/s connectors (Marvell 88SE9230 Chipset)
Onboard Connectors1 x 24 pin ATX power connector
1 x 8 pin 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
5 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
2 x IEEE 1394a headers
1 x serial port header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
2 x BIOS switches
Voltage measurement points
Rear Panel I/O1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x DVI-I port
2 x HDMI ports
1 x DisplayPort
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Warranty3 Years
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