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Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H or Maximus VI Hero

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Hello,

I'm getting a i7-4770k for my current rig and I'm wondering which motherboard I should get.
I really like my Asus CHV F-Z so I would like to know how a Z87X-UD4H would stack up to a RoG board.

Anyone with a personnal experience with the UD4H or similar board from them :
How good are Gigabyte BIOS?
Is the board getting a good OC out of good chips? (The i7 will be custom-watercooled)
Is the board reliable?
How is Gigabyte software (compared to Asus AI III)?
And how is Gigabyte customer support?

I'm asking those question as I never got a Gigabyte motherboard and reviews of this model are non-existent or not very detailed.
Also, I don't care about features like fan control (using a Swiftech splitter) or integrated audio (got a Xonar DG). thumb.gif

Thank for the help!

P.S. I can get the UD4H at 175$ and the Hero at 250$ (Canada)... is there a meaningful reason for the price difference?
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For such a high price difference i would get the ud4h. With haswell the limitation factor with oc is the cpu itself and not the mb. The choice is even easier when you dont need any additional features. You can also check the ud3h, which is practicaly the same as the ud4h with lesser features but same oc potential at a cheaper price.
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UD4H has double the phases of VRMs for the CPU as the UD3H.

I think the UD4H is a good deal looking at the hardware for the price and it also has double the VRM phases for the CPU over the Hero.

For the money the UD4H looks great. Not sure how well Gigabyte is supporting the UD4H bios though. I have Z87X-OC and it has alot of BIOS support from Gigabyte but there are some things about about it that I don't like. UD4H looks like a great MB for the money.


Asus seems to have good BIOS and the VRMs are made by Texas instruments and Asus does a good job with them.


I would get the UD4h.
Edited by SonDa5 - 8/1/13 at 2:28am
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post #4 of 6
I would go with the gigabyte UD4H based on price and i personally think it looks better than the Asus board.
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Thank for the feedback, ordered a UD4H along a 4770k, can't wait to play with the new chip biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 6
I'd get the UD4H if the price differential is that big. Over here they're within about $20 USD.

The ASUS Maximus VI hero has 8 true phase (i.e. on the PWM driver), same as the UD4H. The difference is the UD4H has doublers for 16 phases.

The TI NexFETs that the ASUS Maximus VI Hero uses are about on par with the IR3553 (40A version of the 60A IR3550 used on the z77x-UP7 and UP5 boards) and both use 10K Japanese solid caps and 60A chokes ("blackwing" branded on the ASUS).

* Do note that the TI NexFET implementation used (they didn't use the fully integrated driver+high+low side ones) needs a driver mosfet , which is the IR3535 (via ASP1251 PWM controller as per hardwaresecrets) in the case of the Hero. The IR3553 on the Gigabyte UD4H is superior in terms of integrating the driver mosfet as well, since the NexFETs used have higher switching frequency (1.5MHz) that isn't realized due to the driver ASUS used (which only allows 1MHz).

The main appeal of having the separate headers is unlike the Swiftech splitter they don't all ramp up with the same curve because you only have one fan actually going into your feedback loop (sense/RPM). For Z87 Gigabyte has separate controls for the chassis headers 1-3. The issue for the UD4H is that chassis header 2 and 3 both use the same ramp up. (se http://www.eteknix.com/gigabyte-z87x-ud4h-z87-motherboard-review/3/)

The only reason to get the Hero over the UD4H is if you needed better audio.
Edited by AlphaC - 8/1/13 at 6:34pm
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