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Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review


Published by Marc Büchel on 02.01.14 (68671 reads)
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Conclusion

Allgemein   + -
The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H is available for as little as 140 Euro and therefore comes with a really attractive price tag. It is basically a cut-down version of the Z87X-OC and for example lacks additional overclocking buttons. Since Gigabyte is targeting another audience with this motherboard and not overclocking enthusiasts, this is perfectly fine. Apparently the manufacturer gave the Z87X-UD3H a design which is way less aggressive. Obviously this board is rock-solid and since there is a power design that is built to handle overclocking, you wouldn’t have to worry, if you want to push your system to the limit.   - Design
- Features
 
       
Layout   + -
Basically the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H's Layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors. Although this is an aggressively priced board, there are power and reset buttons as well as a debug LED. 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. A closer look at the I/O panel reveals, there are no less than four video-out ports (VGA, HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort).   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket
- Placement of PCI-Express x16 Slots
- Voltage measuring points
- Display connectors
 
 
       
Performance   + -
Calcualting the average of all 3D and 2D benchmarks we ran, we see that this board ranks in the center are of our comparison tables. Overall we would like this board to be a bit quicker, but manufacturers do have a tendency to ship motherboards with lose memory subtimings, which helps improving memory compatibility but lowers performance a little. On another note we had a look at power consumption and we noticed something rather interesting. In idle the board wasn't as efficient as we expected it to be but under load conditions it managed to score a fifth place.   - 3DMark 11
- 3DMark Vantage Total
- 3DMark Vantage CPU
- Super Pi 32M
       
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
Meanwhile Gigabyte has a beautiful looking BIOS in its backpack. A closer look reveals there are two different modes. If you load the BIOS you will first see a splash screen. This part of the BIOS is looks really nice and you can access all parameters via the menus. Considering that this part of the BIOS should be desinged with less experienced users in mind, we would like to see a starting screen, which is less overloaded. More is definitely less in this case. As soon as you hit F2 experienced users will feel home, since the good old BIOS becomes visible though which you can race hammering up and down arrows as well as the enter key.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
 
       
Recommendation   + -
Should you be looking for a well equipped motherboard, which is to cost less than 140 Euro, then the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H is going to be an excellent choice.   - Overclocking
- Enthusiast
- Gaming
 
       
Rating
We give the Gigabyte Z87X-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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