Someone forgot to tell Gigabyte the UD3H was a low-end board.
While the Gigabyte G1 series has made a big splash in the enthusiast market, arguably Gigabyte’s most improved board is the more conservative UD3H.
The UD3H has an impressive feature set, including four DIMM slots capable of supporting 32GB of memory, six SATA ports and the potential for 14 USB ports. The UD3H also supports two-way CrossFire and SLI running in an x8/x8 configuration. In an unexpected move, Gigabyte has included voltage measurement points and both power and reset buttons onboard, features that are normally reserved for the more premium boards in their range.
The heatsinks used on the UD3H perform admirably under heavy load, but there’s no denying they look cheap. We hope in the future Gigabyte goes back to the sexy slotted design used on the Z68X-UD3H-B3.
Where the UD3H really shines is throughout benchmark testing. Not only is it the best in its class, but it has no problem standing toe to toe with the most expensive boards on the market. It also had no issue overclocking a 3770K CPU to the exact same frequency we were able to achieve on the ultra-high-end Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3. We found the BIOS to be stable and responsive, with more than enough settings to please even the most extreme of enthusiasts.
If you don’t need the extravagant features found on the higher-end boards, the UD3H might be the perfect choice. Taking into account its features, performance and price, the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H is extremely good value for money.Available from Gigabyte, retailing for $209
.APC rating: 8/10 (Highly Recommended)