GIGABYTE's Z97X-UD5H motherboard is a strong contender when it comes to features and overclocking, its hardware tells that story well. However, we didn't really cover its overclocking features, as you can see above there are plenty. One thing that I really admire is when a Z97 board has voltage read points, considering most of the voltage rails are integrated into the CPU, the only way to read them with a digital multi-meter is if the manufacturer provides read points, which GIGABYTE does here.
GIGABYTE has added four extra Nuvoton fan controller chips to provide users with control over more than just the CPU fan header, but I would have liked to see more PWM capable headers, however, all headers support 3 pin (voltage) and 4 pin (PWM) fans. Auto Tuning overclocking could also be improved to better optimize voltages. I would recommend manually typing in voltages into the UEFI if you decide to go this route for auto CPU overclocks over 4.5GHz.
The voltage regulator has top notch control hardware and features a versatile array of controller chips, which can provide high overclocks, as well as extremely low power usage, depending on what the user demands. Overclocking went well, CPU and BCLK overclocking matched boards we have previously tested. This board handles Samsung based DDR3 modules very well, providing both higher speeds and slightly better efficiency, compared to other boards we have tested. While Hynix based memory efficiency is good, its top speeds were slightly lower than some other boards we have tested.
Manufacturers usually tune their UEFIs and set their auto rules (timings) to favor efficiency or frequency, in this case, I would say the UEFI is tuned for efficiency, while the hardware seems to favor certain modules. GIGABYTE is known for making quality motherboards with innovative designs tuned towards signal integrity; this is evident in our overclocking tests as this board can hold its own compared to higher-end overclocking boards.
The Z97X-UD5H is a solid contender for anyone looking for a 24/7 motherboard which will also handle a high speed overclock.
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