The focus is on GIGABYTE Technology’s GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK, a part of the company’s 9 series PC motherboards, and which supports the 4th Gen Haswell processors, Haswell Refresh, and the 5th Gen Broadwell processors.
If you are seeking more power while working on multiple graphics card configurations, you can always rely on the motherboard’s additional SATA power or the ATX4P connector. Along with a number of fan headers and other useful connectors; USB and TIM headers; GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK features 4 x SATA 6Gbps ports and 2 x SATA Express ports.
GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK features an 8-pin power connector and a standard 24-pin ATX power connector, a Killer E2200 series NIC (network interface card) partnered with Intel’s I217-V, and comes with support for multi-VGA configurations. Its key features include SATA Express and M.2 connections up to 10 Gb/s data transfer, and a Realtek ALC1150-based audio system.
GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK includes the GIGABYTE APP Center that gives you an easy access to a wealth of GIGABYTE Apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. The Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE Apps installed on your system, by using a simple, unified user interface,
Among other utilities, the GIGABYTE App Center includes EasyTune, an Overclocking (OC) utility that lets you use preset OC profiles or make your own advanced OC profiles. With this, you can view and fiddle with frequency, voltages, and other OC-oriented settings.
Another GIGABYTE App Center utility that supports OC is Remote OC. It allows you to remotely control your PC with a powerful suite of software functions that include overclocking and system tweaking. You may go for the multiplier tweaking option for the easiest and steadiest overclocks. There is also an automatic OC feature built into the motherboard’s UEFI, called the ‘Performance Upgrade’. Meanwhile, the Advanced CPU OC feature allows you to set CPU base clock, frequency, and voltages, and integrated graphics frequency.
GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK also has a host of hardware features that assists in OC, such as the Power Button, Reset Buttons, CMOS Switch, Single BIOS Switch, BIOS Switch, and DEBUG LED.
The GIGABYTE Cloud Station, which comprises several GIGABYTE unique Apps, allows your smart phones/tablet devices to communicate, share resources, and control desktop PCs via wireless connection, among others.
This motherboard that can be termed as an epitome of ‘Ultra Durability’, carrying an official Certificate of Validation for having passed an additional168-hour server-level stress test and that too, backed by a 5-year warranty.
The extra 168 hours (7-day) stress test is undergone by all GIGABYTE Black Edition motherboards, of which GA-Z97X-UD5H-BK is a member. During the test, each motherboard needs to pass rigorous, full system validation testing process for an entire week. A Certificate of Validation is included with every board, issued by the GIGABYTE factory to indicate that each board has passed the highest test standards.