Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
At the time of writing, the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5TH is going to set you back around $250. Compared to the Z87X-UD5H, this is only around $20 more. Of course, that premium comes due to the inclusion of the dual Thunderbolt ports that are offered on the "TH" version of the board. The main question you need to answer is: Do you feel that the addition of Thunderbolt is worth an extra $20 to you?
We're really in two separate mindsets about it. Thunderbolt continues to be a technology that hasn't taken the world by storm. Personally, the decision to go with the "TH" version of the board over the "H" one should depend on your upgrade cycle. If you're someone who upgrades on a very regular basis, then we'd probably suggest you save your money, and not worry so much about the "TH" offering. It doesn't feel like Thunderbolt is suddenly going to kick off in a big way within the next six to twelve months.
It's probably going to take the technology being standard on all motherboards before that happens. On the other hand, if you're someone that sits on your computer for three or more years, then we'd suggest you spend the extra money. If you find yourself wanting a nice Thunderbolt device two years down the track, it will be nice to not have to purchase a Thunderbolt card or something equivalent.
This is all good reasoning as to why you should spend the extra $20, but the thing that really sells it for me personally is the aesthetics. The "H" version of the UD5 brings with it yellow highlights, while the "TH" one we're looking at today brings with it red ones. The yellow one is nice, and something different, but the red and black combination looks awesome. If you can see your motherboard thanks to a window in your case, you might also prefer to spend that little bit extra to have the red highlights over the yellow. A combination that is better suited when paired with other components.
Moving away from the pricing side of things, and looking at the rest of what's on offer, you can see the bundle is pretty strong. Thanks to the Wireless Integration on the board we've got an included antenna, and the extra USB 3.0 ports are always a nice addition. When it comes to the performance side of things the board sits in a fairly standard spot. It doesn't shoot ahead of anything in a big way. At the same time, it's not really bad anywhere. While the SSD minimum was slightly down under HD Tune Pro, the average and maximum numbers were up on the competition. Overclocking was also pretty strong, with the board falling into that 4.9GHz number we see most quality motherboards offer.
Feature wise though, is probably where the board really stands out. Wireless Networking and Bluetooth combined with Thunderbolt make for a pretty feature packed board that doesn't carry an insane price tag. If you're looking for something that looks good, gives a bit of protection in the future thanks to Thunderbolt, and hits at a good price point: The Z87X-UD5TH from GIGABYTE is a fantastic option.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5TH for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5TH retails for $254.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5TH retails for $335.44 at Amazon Canada.