Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H Review

So the time has come once again to take a look at what Gigabyte has to offer to the world with for the Z87 platform.
As most of us have seen over the past few months Haswell hasn’t been a huge success and big hit like most had expected.
As many of you know from reading in these forums there seems to be a huge issue with heat like we all had with Ivy Bridge.
The main things that stand out to me with Z87 is amazing memory overclocking as we are seeing 4000 MHz or higher.
I know as well as most of you know the average user will never see 4000 MHz on Z87 and most will not even see 3000 MHz
but it shows us what is possible.
With the Z87 lineup from Gigabyte we see a solid offering of motherboards to meet every perspective for all end users.
While the GA-Z87X-UD5H isn’t Gigabyte’s top tier motherboard it still fits in an area of upper mainstream motherboards for all users.

Some of the features of this motherboard are:
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus
Ultra Cool All New Heat Sink Design
Ultra Performance All IR® Digital CPU Power Design
Ultra Safe GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
Ultra USB3.0+ 10 USB 3.0 Ports
GIGABYTE Exclusive Ultra Durable Technologies Durable Black Solid Caps
High ESD Protection for USB and LAN (USB 3.0 only)
Gold Plated CPU Socket
2x Copper PCB GIGABYTE’s exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design
One Fuse per USB Port
Built-in Gaming Audio/Headphone Amplifier (Front Headphone / Rear line out)
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2
HyperDuo Technology-Automated SSD/HDD Tiering
Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN i210AT / i217v
Generous System Fan Support-7 Fan Connectors
GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support
Multi-Graphics Support
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite
HDMI™-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface / DVI Support / Display Port Support
GIGABYTE App Center / GIGABYTE EasyTune / GIGABYTE @BIOS / GIGABYTE EZ Setup
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

The Z87X-UD5H features a 16-phase all digital power design featuring International Rectifier PowIRstage ICs.
Black Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors rated at 10,000 hours at temperatures of 105c.
Consisting of Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs, 60A rated sealed ferrite-core chokes, and solid electrolytic capacitors.
More precisely, it has been outfitted with an 12+2+2 phase power design for the CPU, so 12 phases dedicated to the cores themselves,
two for the System Agent (SA), and two phases for the integrated GPU.
The award winning IR Power Stages, these are the IR3553M and are capable of 40A per phase with up to 1MHz switching frequency.
They have excellent characteristics, and run pretty cool and as seen on the X79 lineup where they required no heatsink.
They are basically a driver and two MOSFETs in one or they are called a powerstage.

For a full review please see
www.overclock.net/t/1417839/gigabyte-ga-z87x-ud5h-review-info


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