Page 1:Haswell: Is Now The Best Time To Build?
Page 2:ASRock Z87 Extreme6
Page 3:Z87 Extreme6 Firmware
Page 4:Z87 Extreme6 Tuning Software
Page 5:Z87 Extreme6 Applications
Page 6:Asus Z87-Pro
Page 7:Z87-Pro Firmware
Page 8:Z87-Pro Tuning Software
Page 9:Z87-Pro Applications
Page 10:ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme
Page 11:Z87H3-A2X Extreme Firmware
Page 12:Z87H3-A2X Extreme Tuning Software
Page 13:Z87H3-A2X Extreme Applications
Page 14:Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
Page 15:Z87X-UD4H Firmware
Page 16:Z87X-UD4H Tuning Software
Page 17:Z87X-UD4H Applications
Page 18:MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
Page 19:Z87-GD65 Gaming Firmware
Page 20:Z87-GD65 Gaming Tuning Software
Page 21:Z87-GD65 Gaming Applications
Page 22:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 23:Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 24:Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 25:Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 26:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 27:Results: Productivity
Page 28:Results: File Compression
Page 29:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 31:Picking Our First Z87-Based Winner
In the balance between quality and features, Gigabyte’s $200 Z87X-UD4H appears to favor the former while still addressing the latter. We still find, for example, four extra USB 3.0 and four extra SATA ports split between internal and external connectors, but only two of those added-on SATA ports can be activated simultaneously.
The I/O panel also features separate VGA and DVI-D connectors, rather than using a DVI-I adapter block, in addition to the expected HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
Similar compromises are found atop the board, from its older-but-adequate ALC898 audio codec to its four-lane PCIe 2.0 bottom slot. Using the chipset's PCIe connectivity for the bottom slot lets you drop in a card without stealing lanes from the graphics slots, but also makes the slot unsuitably slow for three-way CrossFire. And many builders are probably better-off treating it as an x1 slot, since enabling four-lane transfers requires the middle two x1 slots to be disabled.
Of course, one of those x1 slots will probably be covered by a graphics card anyway, since most of us favor powerful graphics engines.
Gigabyte shoves the Z87X-UD4H fairly hard towards the overclocking market with top-mounted power and reset buttons, a CLR_CMOS button, two BIOS switches, a POST code LED display, and a row of voltage rail detection points. The BIOS switches select single or dual BIOS mode, and which MOS is primary.
The company is still a bit proponent of its dual-BIOS functionality, and Gigabyte continues to do well with this technology. Anecdotally, though, I still remember the old days of swearing at the dual BIOS system, when a missed boot would cause the old backup ROM to overwrite the new one, when the old firmware wasn’t compatible with a new CPU. Recent improvements include a an automated request to update the backup MOS after rebooting from a primary MOS update, but users can still turn the feature off if desired.
Our only layout concerns are that owners of poorly-designed cases might have some difficulty getting their front-panel audio cables to reach the Z87X-UD4H’s bottom-rear corner header, and that its second USB 3.0 port is located too close to the third x16-length slot. If we pretend that bottom slot is incompatible rather than unworthy of a high-end graphics card, our second concern goes away.
The Z87X-UD4H installation kit is fairly basic, including only four SATA cables with an I/O plate and SLI bridge.
- Haswell: Is Now The Best Time To Build?
- ASRock Z87 Extreme6
- Z87 Extreme6 Firmware
- Z87 Extreme6 Tuning Software
- Z87 Extreme6 Applications
- Asus Z87-Pro
- Z87-Pro Firmware
- Z87-Pro Tuning Software
- Z87-Pro Applications
- ECS Z87H3-A2X Extreme
- Z87H3-A2X Extreme Firmware
- Z87H3-A2X Extreme Tuning Software
- Z87H3-A2X Extreme Applications
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
- Z87X-UD4H Firmware
- Z87X-UD4H Tuning Software
- Z87X-UD4H Applications
- MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
- Z87-GD65 Gaming Firmware
- Z87-GD65 Gaming Tuning Software
- Z87-GD65 Gaming Applications
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Picking Our First Z87-Based Winner