Originally Posted by Lucas Bezerra
So, can you tell me if those Gigabyte gaming motherboards, like the G1 M5, have all the building quality and features offered on the UD3H or Z87X OC for overclock and reliability?
I'm seriously trying to find what's the point of that "pro-gamer" boards that makes them so expensive if the game is made mostly by the CPU + GPU. About the UD4H/UD5H, I've also take a look in some threads and the UD3H is the way to go, because there is not any big quality or feature on the UD4H/UD5H that would worth that price increase.
Yea, they use the same components. Some of the non-OC boards in Gigabyte's line up like regular UD or Sniper boards have less OC specific features like OC ignition (turning the power on the board but keeping CPU, memory disabled), and few software tweaking options in BIOS are missing.
Sniper boards add better sound, and Killer NIC. Those are all gaming features that manufacturers can add at this point. So Asus, MSI gaming boards do the same. MSI for this generation basically marked all good boards as gaming boards. Their regular line up consists of very basic boards, and they also have MPower for overclocking enthusiasts. Asus "gold" boards usually use the same components as Maximus boards except they miss gimmicky stuff. For this generation they also use slightly less efficient MOSFETs, worse caps, and chocks, but they have more phases on their higher end "gold" boards like Pro, so they kind of even out on that.
However, the reason I think UD3H is the way to go is because it's cheaper than alternatives from Asus or MSI and offers all one would need in a board like OC potential, and general feature set. There are even cheaper boards that don't skim much on components either like Biostar boards, or ASRock ones like Extreme4. However, ASRock uses thin PCBs, and Biostar isn't very popular, so there is always lack of info on them.
As I mentioned UD4H is pretty much the same as UD3H besides color scheme. If you visit Gigabyte's Z87 owner club, you'll see UD4H is the most popular choice. It's not just color though
, but the fact that it was going for $75 in Micro Center with CPU purchase. UD5H just offers extra SATA ports.
It's worth mentioning that currently MSI GD65 runs for the same price as UD3H, and it offers slightly better feature set.