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Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Review


Published by Hiwa Pouri on 17.11.14 (70077 reads)
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Conclusion

Overall   + -
The Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H is available for as little as 115 Euro and therefore comes with a really attractive price tag. This board offers a reasonable feature mix in combination with an attractive design as well as good build quality. The UD3H is basically Gigabytes entry-level offer into their Ultra Durable class and the fact that this board just costs a little more than 100 Euro makes it highly attractive.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
 
 
Layout   + -
Basically the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H's Layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors and apart from those there is even a SATA-Express port as well as a M.2 slot. The latter two greatly add to the storage flexibility of this board. Unfortunately there are no power and reset buttons and there is also no debug LED. Overall the decision to cut these features from the list is understandable, since the price of this board is very aggressive. Something that needs to be mentioned is the fact that only the first of the three full size PCI Express x16 slots has been wired with all 16 lanes. The second slot is attached using eight lanes and the third full size slot has been attached using four lanes. Inbetween the first and the second full size PCI-Express slot, there are two PCI-Express x1 slots. If you decide to setup an SLI or CrossFire configuration, there is plenty of space inbetween the card to breathe.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket
- Placement of PCI-Express x16 Slots
- Voltage measuring points
- Display connectors
 
 
Performance  
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Calculating the average of all 3D benchmarks we ran, we see that this board ranks average in our comparison tables, which includes values from all Z87 motherboards we've tested too. When taking the average of all 2D results, can be found in the bottom third of our tables. On another note, we had a look at power consumption and noticed that this boards consumption is average.   - 3DMark 11 - PCMark
- Sleeping Dogs
 
BIOS - Overclocking  
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As you might have expected from Gigabyte, you get an excellent BIOS which offers not only a boatload of tuning and tweaking options but is also very easy to use. Especially with the entry screen with which Gigabyte is trying and also succeeding to add elements which make the BIOS much easier to use for unexperienced users as well.   - Clear arrangement  
 
Recommendation  
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The Z97X-UD3H is a really good board if you don't want to rob a bank before building a gaming PC. Apart from that you can also build really nice and very fast office PC based on this motherboard.   - Gaming
- Multimedia
- Price
- High-End
 
Rating
We give the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.




Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Bioshock: Infinite
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 7 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  


Author: m.buechel@ocaholic.ch




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