The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H mainboard deserves our highest praise. It is an entry-level product, yet not the junior model in its series. Using most of the capabilities of the Intel Z87 chipset, it doesn’t have a lot of additional controllers, which helps keep its price low. The total number of USB 3.0 ports is, however, increased to 10 by means of a couple of USB hubs, which is a feature of the Ultra Durable 5 Plus set of technologies implemented on each Gigabyte product with Intel’s 8 series chipset. Ultra Durable 5 Plus also covers the new design of the heatsinks, the premium components from International Rectifier, DualBIOS and long-lasting solid-state capacitors, protection against short circuits and static discharges, double-thickness copper interconnects, and resistance to high humidity.
It is the new interface of Gigabyte’s UEFI DualBIOS that impressed us the most, though. Offering unprecedented customization opportunities, from the background image to the layout of BIOS pages, it lets you actually make up your own BIOS that would suit your particular needs. Most importantly, you don’t have to learn about the new capabilities and use them if you don’t like to. In this case, you can switch to the familiar classic BIOS interface with a press of a button. You can even make the BIOS load in the classic mode or assign any BIOS page as the start one. Besides the visual changes, the new UEFI DualBIOS from Gigabyte has acquired some new features and, as far as we know, more innovations are going to be implemented in it in the near future.
It is not without downsides, though. For example, the automatic overclocking features are overall rather useless. The customizations you apply are going to disappear after the next firmware update.
The overall impression from the mainboard is highly positive, anyway. As opposed to the recently tested mainboard from ASUS, the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H works better at the default settings and allows to easily overclock CPUs. Moreover, we’ve even discovered a new energy-efficient method of overclocking Haswell CPUs. It turns out that you can overclock them without increasing voltages and keeping all CPU-integrated power-saving technologies enabled. We are not sure that mainboards from other brands are going to be capable of that but we will check this out in our upcoming reviews. And if you’re assembling your LGA1150 computer today, we strongly recommend you to take a look at Gigabyte mainboards and particularly at the GA-Z87X-D3H model.
In conclusion we would like to award Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H mainboard our Recommended Buy title: