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Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition Review


Published by Hiwa Pouri on 26.02.15 (38724 reads)
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Conclusion

Overall   + -
The Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H BK is available for as little higher than  180 Euro and therefore comes with a really interesting price tag. This board offers a lot of different features mix in combination with an attractive design as well as good build quality. The UD5H BK is basically Gigabytes high-end offer into their Ultra Durable class and the fact that this board just costs a little more than 180 Euro makes it difficult to choose as there are a lot of other models with same features with 30 Euros lower price.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
- Quality control
- Price
 
Layout   + -
Basically the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H BK'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. There are practical power and reset buttons and there is also a debug LED. Apart from that we find three full size PCI Express x16 slots, where the first one has been wired with 16 lanes and the other two feature eight lanes each. Inbetween the first and the second full size PCI-Express slot, there is one PCI-Express x1 slot and one legacy PCI slot. If you decide to setup an SLI or CrossFire configuration, there is plenty of space inbetween the cards 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 top quarter in our comparison tables and very close to Top 10. When taking the average of all 2D results, this board can be found in the top half of our comparison tables. On another note, we had a look at power consumption and noticed that idle power consumption is excellent but under load the system draws quite a lot of power.   - 3DMark 11
- Wprime
- Metro Lastr Light low details
- PCMark
- Super Pi
- Load Power consumption
 
BIOS - Overclocking  
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The UD5H BK comes with a 10 Phases digital power delivery which with the right BIOS setting can push a 4th intel generation cpu to the max. In other hand 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-UD5H BK is a great board and with the 168 hours burn-in testing Gigabyte makes a bold statement on quality. Should you be looking for a high quality product, this one is definitely interesting.   - Gaming
- Multimedia
- High-End
- Price

 

 
Rating
We give the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H BK 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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