- Category: Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Review
- Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 01:41
- Written by Mike-Editor
The Z87X-UD3H is actually quite an impressive board, while on launch it might have had many more BIOS and software bugs, I would say 90% of those have been solved. Since no motherboard is perfect and its only 2 months after launch that is quite impressive. Right now if one uses BIOS F6 or any later BIOS or even some F5 betas, one will get very good mouse control in the UEFI. Pair with the latest EasyTune release from the site and the App center software one can actually just install the NIC driver and app center(with .net) and the software will update all your drivers and GBT software to latest. It is working well, and is how I installed everything for this review and I have used the system for a few weeks to get a feel for it. The newest EasyTune really brings fan control to its best as there is not even a reason to launch EasyTune for the settings to auto apply at launch, no need to make BIOS changes for this to work (in fact don’t if you will use Software to control the fans). The overclocking results are impressive as well for air cooling, especially the memory which I can do even better, but also the BCLK is pretty impressive and the 1.67x divider will work soon too, if you need 1.67x divider just flash to BIOS F5 and it will work, just F6 brings in new BCLK training procedure which is a step in the right direction.
The VRM and overall circuit quality on this motherboard is extremely high, they even use the thicker gold plated socket pins that are usually only found on high-end boards. I have already raved enough about the VRM in its own section, so I will just leave you with this thought, in this price range, even currently at $159 at newegg and with some combo deals at microcenter, it is definitely worth looking into if quality is your number one concern. You are getting the most quality for the price, even its undiscounted price at microcenter is justifiable. This board really impressed me for what it is, especially because most OC efforts have been put into the Z87X-OC and not the rest of the line when it comes to BCLK and memory OC, yet this board still performs well and you even get the memory OC profiles. The next step up is the UD4H and all it offers over the UD3H is 8 more phases of the same quality and red color. In my opinion if you like Blue get the UD3H if you like Red get the UD4H, the phase count wont affect your OC. To let your mind rest a bit about the phase count difference, think about it this way, the UD3H uses the same IR3553 PowIRstages and in the same quantity as the Z87X-OC.
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