Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Review

RHKCommander959    -   October 23, 2013
» Discuss this article (1)

Lowest Prices

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H Testing:

Testing the Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H motherboard will involve running it through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which includes both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and AMD Catalyst 13.6 drivers for the XFX HD 7970. In the past we had locked the clock speed on the processor to eliminate any easily controlled variables due to processor speed. However there is a difference in how each manufacturer handles the CPU default and boost speeds creating opportunity for one board to deliver a higher level of performance. This variable is a point of difference between boards. The majority of users will run the stock settings making this point a valid concern so we are changing up the test methods to capture this difference.

Testing Setup: Socket 1150

 

Comparison Motherboard:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

 

Overclocking the Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H was a pleasurable experience. Leaving everything on auto except XMP on the memory and setting the CPU ratio multiplier to 48 let the system boot at 4.8GHz. Things weren't stable due to heat until 4.5GHz due to this CPU's stepping; this is where it hits a wall and needs extra voltage when going above. 4.6GHz and 4.7GHz were too hot due to this processor having one die that runs hotter (verified with dozens of reseating and multiple cooling solutions); it would throttle down unfortunately. Setting the memory to XMP speeds auto-set the correct voltage, timings, and multiplier automatically. I have come across many motherboards that don't get all three of those so it is refreshing to find one that does.

Using the CPU Upgrade worked easily to attain speeds between 4.4GHz and 4.7GHz (maximum). The Easy Tune software worked decently; the advanced feature even allowed live changes. The advanced feature always worked for the overclocking, but would freeze afterwards sometimes. Using the preset overclocking profiles required a restart, but they worked perfectly and stayed around the setting.

 

 

Maximum Core Clock Speed:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the listed overclocked speeds. These clock speeds will represent the level of performance shown by the over-clocked scores in the testing.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. PCMark 7
  2. SiSoft Sandra 2013
  3. Cinebench 11.5
  4. X.264 5.1
  5. AIDA 64 3.00
  6. Crystal Disk Mark
  7. iPerf
  8. Rightmark Audio Analyzer
  • Gaming:
  1. 3DMark
  2. Metro: Last Light
  3. DiRT 3



Random Pic
© 2001-2014 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy

Also part of our network: TalkAndroid, Android Forum, iPhone Informer, Neoseeker, and Used Audio Classifieds

Elapsed: 0.0244572163