It's been a while since the Intel Z97 chipset was launched, and the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H was one of the first boards to hit the market. It features mostly everything one would expect from a Z97 board priced at $179.99; M.2, SATA Express, SLI/CrossFireX, and a nice set of hardware features to top it all off. While there are many Z97 boards, there isn't too much separating them, so I will dig into the motherboard's hardware and look at what GIGABYTE is offering up.
One could look at the aesthetic appeal of the motherboard as selection criteria for a new motherboard; in this case, the Z97X-UD5H features matte black PCB with a set of vibrant gold heat sinks, which have a strong shade of gold closer to the actual color of real gold. You wouldn't buy a car without popping the hood and checking out the engine, but since you can't get a close look at a motherboard before buying it, I will do it for you. I will also provide you with a complimentary overclocking guide for this motherboard.
The Z97X-UD5H features a total of six fan headers; five of them have control in the UEFI and in Windows. The CPU fan header is the only one with both PWM(4-Pin) and Voltage(3-pin) control, which you can select. The rest of the fan headers are all voltage mode control, which can be used for both 4 and 3-pin fans.
Let's move onto the next page now and take a close look at the important voltage regulator circuitry.
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United States: The GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H retails for $179.99 at Amazon.