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WCCF tech leaks 1st review of the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force.

PS: pretty mediocre review i must say
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PS: pretty mediocre review i must say

I like looking at those tiny differences in performance. It shows how the fundamental physical laws of electron propagation show noticeable differences between boards even on minuscule differences on hardware. Then again, I suspect it is likely that exactly the same board model would show a similar variation based only on microgranular differences on a few components unavoidable at manufacturing.
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WCCF tech leaks 1st review of the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force.

Gigabyte *officially* gave me the green light to publish the review. wink.gif

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I still want to know what the fundamental differences are between the UD5H & the UD5H-BK that they even have different BIOS. At the Newegg first listed price of 199 for the BK I was more or less willing because of lack of gaudy colors. Now unexplainedly the price has jumped to 229....

But no where do I see any mention of International Rectifier IC's.......in fact not much at all in the power delivery department. If anyone sees or has any knowledge of this for either of the UD5H boards please do share in case I'm just missing something.......Even though I'm loaded up with SSD's / HDD's, lots of periphereals, etc, this is still my primary overclocking machine, and the UD5H boards have been good to me in the past.

If it weren't for the orange I would just get the SOC force board.

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I still want to know what the fundamental differences are between the UD5H & the UD5H-BK that they even have different BIOS. At the Newegg first listed price of 199 for the BK I was more or less willing because of lack of gaudy colors. Now unexplainedly the price has jumped to 229....

But no where do I see any mention of International Rectifier IC's.......in fact not much at all in the power delivery department. If anyone sees or has any knowledge of this for either of the UD5H boards please do share in case I'm just missing something.......Even though I'm loaded up with SSD's / HDD's, lots of periphereals, etc, this is still my primary overclocking machine, and the UD5H boards have been good to me in the past.

If it weren't for the orange I would just get the SOC force board.

If marketing team is correct both UD5 versions using use IR and also the UD7 as seen here now maybe the Black version uses better quality we just can speculate about that right now.

PS: according to PCPer the Black Edition also gets a 5 year warranty.
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I still want to know what the fundamental differences are between the UD5H & the UD5H-BK that they even have different BIOS. At the Newegg first listed price of 199 for the BK I was more or less willing because of lack of gaudy colors. Now unexplainedly the price has jumped to 229....

But no where do I see any mention of International Rectifier IC's.......in fact not much at all in the power delivery department. If anyone sees or has any knowledge of this for either of the UD5H boards please do share in case I'm just missing something.......Even though I'm loaded up with SSD's / HDD's, lots of periphereals, etc, this is still my primary overclocking machine, and the UD5H boards have been good to me in the past.

If it weren't for the orange I would just get the SOC force board.

in a few of the previews and info it says plainly that the only differences are

1) color of heatsink
2) warranty an extra 2 years
3) apparently Gigabyte put the BK through 168 hours of "server grade testing"

that's it. some info on it here. they both use a 12 phase pwm and I'd wait for reviews to get some specifics on that.

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If marketing team is correct both UD5 versions using use IR and also the UD7 as seen here now maybe the Black version uses better quality we just can speculate about that right now.

PS: according to PCPer the Black Edition also gets a 5 year warranty.

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in a few of the previews and info it says plainly that the only differences are

1) color of heatsink
2) warranty an extra 2 years
3) apparently Gigabyte put the BK through 168 hours of "server grade testing"

that's it. some info on it here. they both use a 12 phase pwm and I'd wait for reviews to get some specifics on that.
Yep that's about all I've been able to come up with.
Still curious why the two boards have different bios versions.....I was hoping Sin might make some inquiries....wink.gif

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Am I the only one imagining they just stick a cable of 12volts on a part of it for a few days without any hard core testing to have a legal excuse they do 168h of testing in case there is a legal inquiry?
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WCCF tech leaks 1st review of the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force.
PS: pretty mediocre review i must say


They are putting out bad info about the IR digital power being used as well.

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The PowerIR stage ICs used on the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force have the highest rating of 60A with lower losses, excellent thermal management and higher efficiency.


I have the Z97 SOC FORCE and know that they are not rated for 60 amps. IR 3550 is rated for 60 amps and the Z97 SOC FORCE does not have them. The Z97 FORCE uses 40 amp rated IR 3553 ICs.

Photo of the IR 3553 on my Z97 SOC FORCE.

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Yep that's about all I've been able to come up with.
Still curious why the two boards have different bios versions.....I was hoping Sin might make some inquiries....wink.gif

I don't know if that means anything really. I bought two Z77X UD3H boards at the same time and they had two different bios versions.

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