Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH LGA1150 Motherboard

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Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH LGA1150 Motherboard

March 18, 2014 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5 TH
LGA1150 ATX Motherboard
Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Street Price
US$250

Last year, when we reviewed the F2A85XN-WIFI FM2 motherboard, we were delighted to find that Gigabyte had finally updated the UEFI BIOS interface they had been using. Their competitors had been using modern GUIs with mouse support for a couple of years before Gigabyte caught up and while this wasn't a deal-breaker for most users, it really felt like they were lagging behind the times. A few months after that we tested the Z87N-WIFI, a LGA1150 model that also featured a new, modern-looking version of their EasyTune utility, which included a formidable fan control system that gave ASUS' Fan Xpert 2 a run for its money. However, it seemed like users wouldn't get as much use out of either feature feature on these respective models as the FM2 Trinity/Richland architecture wasn't exactly an enthusiast's dream, and for all of the Z87N's fan capabilities, it only had two fan headers to play with.


The Gigabyte Z87X-UD5 TH.

A high-end Haswell ATX model like the Z87X-UD5 TH is perhaps a better platform to show off all of the latest improvements in Gigabyte's motherboard technology. Priced at about US$250, the board is feature-packed and outfitted with a variety of bells and whistles as one would expect. In years past, most of Gigabyte's motherboards have used a blue PCB, but in recent times they've switched to a more serious black design. Like most premium models, there are substantial heatsinks covering the voltage regulators and the PCH chip, and interestingly they have red accents which bear a resemblance to ASUS' Republic of Gamers series. This along with its seven controllable fan headers indicate strongly that cooling is obviously a priority.

Ironically, its defining feature is probably one that won't be used very often given its novelty. The "TH" in the model number standards for Thunderbolt, the peripheral interface developed by Intel that combines elements of PCI Express, DisplayPort, and DC power. This pedigree allows it to transfer data on a bi-directional 10 Gbps pipeline and connect up to six devices daisy-chained together. The Z87X-UD5 TH has two of these ports and other extras including a Marvell SATA 6 Gbps controller that brings its SATA port count up to eight, a dual band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 wireless adapter, a redundant dual BIOS system, and a 600 ohm front headphone amplifier. There are four native USB 3.0 ports and an additional two provided by a Renasas controller, and all these ports have their own dedicated fuses to help ensure any USB failure doesn't result in potential data loss. A breakout box with two more USB 3.0 ports is included but it's probably unnecessary — if you're purchasing a US$250 motherboard, it's unlikely your case lacks front USB 3.0.


The box.


Accessories.

The black outer box is just a thin cover, the actual package contents reside in a plain white box within. The board of course ships with the obligatory driver discs, manuals, and I/O shield, and a few extras. Included are six SATA cables, an external wireless antenna, a 3.5 inch USB 3.0 breakout box, and a CrossFire/SLI bridge.

Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5 TH: Specifications
(from the product web page)
CPU Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150

L3 cache varies with CPU

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Chipset Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
Memory 4 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor:
1 x DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
* Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Intel® DSL4510 chip:
Thunderbolt ports (MDP1/MDP2) support for Mini-DisplayPort and Thunderbolt monitor(s), and supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600.
* If a monitor is connected to the MDP2 Thunderbolt port , the DVI-I port will become unavailable.
* Because of the limited I/O resources of the PC architecture, the number of Thunderbolt devices that can be used is dependent on the number of the PCI Express and PCI devices being installed. (Refer to Chapter 1-7, "Back Panel Connectors," and Chapter 2, "Peripherals\Intel(R) Thunderbolt" for more information.)
Audio Realtek® ALC898 codec
Support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® and EAX® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF In/Out
LAN Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication module Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR
Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate.
* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX8 and PCIEX16 slots. When the PCIEX4 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode and the PCIEX8 will operate at up to x4 mode.
* When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Peripherals," for more information.)
(The PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

2 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

1 x PCI slot

1 x mini-PCI Express slot for the wireless communication module

Multi-Graphics Technology Support for 2-Way AMD CrossFire™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
Storage Interface Chipset:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell® 88SE9172 chip:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6~7)
Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
USB Chipset:
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + 2 Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:
8 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

* Please download & install Win8 USB patch for better compatibility.
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
5 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
2 x BIOS switches
Voltage measurement points
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x DVI-I port
1 x HDMI port
2 x antenna connectors
2 x Thunderbolt ports
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
CPU/System overheating warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
@BIOS
EasyTune
EZ Setup
ON/OFF Charge2
USB Blocker
Smart TimeLock
Smart Recovery 2
Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Wireless Display
cFosSpeed
Operating System Support for Windows 8/7
Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Remark Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.


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