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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Motherboard Review

Intel's much-anticipated Haswell microprocessor has arrived, and desktop users are a little underwhelmed-rightfully so. In most games and applications, the Core i7-4770K is only slightly faster and more power-efficient than its Ivy Bridge predecessor. When overclocked, Haswell appears to require beefier cooling than Ivy. And socketed desktop users don't get a taste of more exotic configurations with integrated Iris graphics and embedded DRAM.

While desktop Haswell derivatives might not seem like dramatic upgrades over their Ivy peers, the accompanying motherboards have taken a larger step forward. The enthusiast-oriented Z87 Express platform has more native connectivity than the old Z77: three times the number of 6Gbps SATA ports and 50% more USB 3.0 connections. Motherboard makers continue to add new features, too, and some have completely overhauled their firmware and software interfaces.

Maybe I'm a bit biased, being TR's resident mobo monkey, but the current crop of Z87 boards might just be the most exciting thing about Haswell on the desktop. We've already seen Asus' Z87-PRO in action. Today, it's Gigabyte's turn under the microscope. Say hello to the Z87X-UD3H... Tech Report


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