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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 biggrin.gif
, 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.

I'm sorry for the long time delay, I was buzzy... Let me ask you a last (never, hahaha) question: do you see any point to watercool the PCH and the VRMs? My case maybe would lack of air flow...
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Not on Z87 platform. It's completely pointless, and unnecessary restriction of the loop. Z87 chipset is very cool to the point that manufacturers just put the heatsink there without thermal paste. VRM on the most Z87 is very good, and some boards have better VRM than LGA2011 boards (CPUs are much more power hungry), so no water needed here either.

People who use water on these boards do that purely for aesthetics. LGA2011 boards are the only current Intel boards that will benefit from water since most of the boards use last gen VRM components which heat up with 2011 CPUs.
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