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Given the task of assembling a system for somebody who is relatively unfamiliar with PC hardware, I would often ask a series of questions involving what activity they would primarily use the system for. Is it a system for photo or video editing? Is it a system for gaming? Is it for multimedia use? Is the system going to be overclocked? The client’s answer to all four have been increasingly leading towards “all of the above”, prompting me to search for a mainboard that can accommodate all of those features at a price point that sounds reasonable for most users.

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H


For video/photo editing builds, mainboards that are capable of fast transfer rates with plenty of storage connectivity options and fast memory support is important. For gaming, users often search for mainboards that have future multi-GPU expansion potential, whether it is Radeon CrossFire or GeForce SLI. For multimedia use, users want a motherboard with excellent audio quality and flexible onboard display features.  Those who want an overclocking motherboard want something outfitted with high-quality components and designed with performance-oriented power control options for easy and stable results.  Additional features for convenient performance tuning could also come in handy, although each additional feature increases the price further.  Thankfully, with the release of Intel’s new Z87 platform, Gigabyte updates their UD3H offering to meet all of these requirements.

Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H


The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H is outfitted with impressive high-end features at a mainstream price. The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H utilizes Ultra Durable 5 Plus technology, including the use of 10K solid Japanese capacitors, 2x Copper PCB, gold plated CPU brushes, ESD protection on USB and Ethernet ports with one fuse per port design, as well as International Rectifier PWM controllers and PowIRstage ICs.  Unlike other mainstream Z87 mainboards, the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H has a total of ten USB 3.0 ports for unprecedented connective flexibility and also implements On/Off Charge 2 technology for rapid mobile device charging. Users who want to tune their system performance further will find the quick onboard buttons handy, including voltage read-out points, digital debug display, OC PEG, clear CMOS button, dual BIOS switch, as well as onboard power and reset buttons.