It seems nearly every motherboard manufacturer took the chance to change things up slightly when it came time for the Haswell launch. I didn’t have a chance to check out a board from Gigabyte at the launch but I did get one in recently, specifically their Z87X-UD4H. It’s not their highest end board, nor is it entry level. It should give us a good idea of what to expect from Gigabyte on the Z87 platform without breaking the bank. With its red styling, you can’t say it’s not a little eye catching, that’s for sure!

Product Name: Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

CPU

Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package

L3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC memory modules

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:

1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160

* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.

1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840x2160

* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.

Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio

Realtek® ALC898 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF In/Out

LAN

Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)

* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)

(The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)

* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_2/3 slots. The PCIEX1_2/3 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed.

* When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Peripherals," for more information.)

3 x PCI Express x1 slots

(The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology

Support for 2-Way AMD CrossFire™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technology

(PCIEX16 and PCIEX8)

Storage Interface

Chipset:

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell® 88SE9172 chip:

2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6/7) or 2 eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel, supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices

* Use either the GSATA3 6, 7 connectors or the eSATA connectors at a time.

Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USB

Chipset:

Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)

Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:

Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x PCIe power connector

8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU fan header

1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)

4 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

3 x USB 2.0/1.1 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

Voltage measurement points

2 x BIOS switches

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

1 x D-Sub port

1 x DVI-D port

1 x HDMI port

1 x DisplayPort

1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x RJ-45 port

6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection

CPU/Chipset/System temperature detection

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection

CPU/System overheating warning

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control

* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

BIOS

2 x 128 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS

Support for DualBIOS™

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a

Unique Features

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Xpress Install

Support for APP Center

@BIOS

EasyTune

EZ Setup

ON/OFF Charge2

USB Blocker

Bundle Software

Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

Intel® Rapid Start Technology

Intel® Smart Connect Technology

Intel® Smart Response Technology

cFosSpeed

Operating System

Support for Windows 8/7

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

 

Posted: 2 months 2 weeks ago by Dreyvas#33873
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Strongly considering this for my next motherboard, thanks for the review.
Posted: 2 months 3 weeks ago by garfi3ld#33819
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I hope everyone is having a good week. Today I take a look at a Z87 motherboard from Gigabyte. Check it out, let us know what you think!

 

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