Audio

For audio testing I run all of the motherboards through Rightmark’s Audio Tester. This benchmark outputs audio out and then right back into the microphone input to test an audio cards overall performance. This is the benchmark that we see the most variance between motherboards because Intel doesn’t include a sound card in their chipset (other than HDMI audio). Generally the more high end a board is the more than can afford to invest into better audio cards as well as focus on isolating the onboard sound card from the rest of the motherboard. In the case of the UD4H I didn’t really have high expectations simply because this is a mid-range to budget board. Even so I was able to compare it to the general market motherboards from Asus. The UD4H performed very well against the other boards in its price range. If you are heavy into audio quality you should plan on adding a sound card later, but I think that most people will be happy with the UD4H otherwise.

 

Frequency Response

 

Noise Level

Dynamic range

Total harmonic distortion

Intermodulation distortion

Stereo crosstalk

Intermodulation distortion + noise

Frequency Response

 

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

0.11

-.1

-83.1

83.1

0.13

0.258

-82.8

0.324

0.1

-0.1

Asus Z87 Pro

0.2

-.06

-88.3

88.5

0.132

0.067

-80.1

0.052

0.1

0

Asus Z87 Plus

0.17

-.21

-90.2

90.2

0.253

0.21

-85

0.149

0.1

-0.2

MSI Z87 MPower

0.12

-2

-90.1

89.9

0.0069

0.013

-86.6

0.02

0.1

-0.2

Asus Z87 Gryphon

0.02

-.07

-87.3

87.4

0.147

0.081

-79.8

0.06

0.1

-0.1

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H

0.18

-0.18

-83.6

83.5

0.215

.225

-83.2

0.323

0.1

-0.1

 

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #33819 29 Jan 2014 21:18
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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Dreyvas replied the topic: #33873 03 Feb 2014 04:01
Strongly considering this for my next motherboard, thanks for the review.

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