Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Power Draw

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Review

Test Setup

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
Intel Core i7-4770K
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  

Overclocking

It might be lacking the more obvious overclocking direction that the Sniper and Z87X-OC have but that doesn't mean that the UD4H isn't an eager overclocker. 4.9GHz is an excellent result and right at the limits of what we can attain on our i7-4770K. 

One of the elements that has been, there is no other way to say it, dodgy on recent Gigabyte mid-range boards has been the vDroop so we're delighted to report that these issues have been fixed so comprehensively that the loadline calibration option has all-but disappeared from the BIOS and the overclocking stability is rock solid. Excellent.

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Overclocking     Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H BIOS    

Power Draw

With this dedication to ensuring good power delivery it's not surprising that the Gigabyte UD4H is one of the least power efficient Z87 motherboards we've tested, especially in the overclocked CPU scenario.  

 

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13-09-2013, 03:12:14

tinytomlogan
The raft of Z87 motherboards keeps coming and today we're reviewing the Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H, an LGA1150 motherboard in the price sweet spot.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...085950182l.JPG


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13-09-2013, 05:27:08

Lazlo
The moment, when after being so itchy that you go out and buy stuff without waiting much for reviews, the one by your favorite reviewer(s) gets out and confirms you haven't totally f'ed up. Priceless! Of course from using it I had a pretty good idea about that.
TBH I had to get used to the red a bit. But the features just did fit my needs.

Leaves me to say (again) thanks for the review!

13-09-2013, 11:04:43

Lystfiskern
Thanks for a very nice comprehesive review Tom.
I agree, the board looks very nice with the silver and candy apple red details.
If i were to build a Haswell platform right now this would certainly be one of the contenders. I also love that you point out that the board might not be the best choice for the peeps that are not overclocking. Good to get all the pros AND the cons.

On another note. Bloody fuckin shit...whats up with your language these days? I for one find it....a bit brute - Possibly even offending to some? No need for profanities imo.

Cheers.

13-09-2013, 15:30:55

unclefapsalot
Wow, this is quite a nice board when OC'd. Doesn't hurt that it looks the part too. I'm glad the matte black PCB is really catching on, it really does make a difference in the looks department

13-09-2013, 15:39:32

Mgutierrez33
Now see THIS is a red/black board I can really sink my teeth into. I liked it when I first saw it, I like it even more now knowing that it's performance is just as good as it's looks. *adds to short list of recommended parts*

13-09-2013, 15:43:00

sayresy
You keep on fuckin expressing yourself Tom - Down to earth reviewers, breath of fresh air and not candy arsed cock-togglers that think everything is awesome and full of the good stuff, etc..... Like this board a lot and your impressions of this being a spanker are certainly brought to life in your extensive review. Am amazed that amazon are now boshing these out at 145. Was going to get a sabertooth, still might - but this is certainly worth thinking about.. cheers TT

12-02-2014, 22:21:57

sadbuttrue
Thanks for this review Tom, though I'm a bit disappointed that you skipped over the UD3H, which is the board I ended up buying at a reduced Boxing Day price. $140Cdn, and I was rebated $30 of that. Not bad at all, considering the Canadian dollar is at the lowest exchange rate it's been in years.

My currency calculator says that the $110Cdn final cost was a mere 60.54. Try as I might I can't find much different between the two boards. They are feature-for-feature identical, save for two things: the red colour of the UD4H is blue on the UD3H, and the less expensive board has fewer power phases.

Since for me this is an upgrade from a 3-year-old GA-55H board, I'm quite happy with it.
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