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Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition Review – Back in Black!

Well well, it looks like we’re in for a treat! We have had the pleasure of reviewing the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition, and let us tell you it is an attractive board. Not only is it sleek looking, but Gigabyte’s Black Edition has more thAn just a coat of paint.

To be sold as a Black Edition board Gigabyte tests each board for 168 hours (7 days). And while the 168 hour test goes on, each motherboard needs to pass a very rigorous, full system validation testing for a full week. Gigabyte has built a custom testing facility at their Taiwan factory. Gigabyte is the only manufacturer of motherboards still in Taiwan. This is important because Taiwan generally manufacturers better quality products when it comes to electronics.

A Certificate of Validation is included with every board, issued by the Gigabyte factory and signed by the manufacturing VP & GM to indicate that each board has passed their highest test standards.

UNBOXING AND PACKAGING

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With a quick look at the box it is Black with silver lettering and they use a metallic looking font for the Black Edition namesake.

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Here on the back of the box we get all of the necessary specifications as well as a nice look at the motherboard with a detailed diagram of all the ports and so on. The box is made out of a thick cardboard and should be more than enough to keep it from getting damaged.

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Once we unwrap this bad boy we get to see the four included braided SATA cables, which is an addition we absolutely love, as well as a SLI bridge, the included driver disk (which you shouldn’t use if possible, get the newest drivers from here) a multilingual manual, and a certificate from Gigabyte proving its Black Edition testing

SPECIFICATION AND PRICING

Gigabyte looks to take on the mid to high end with this Motherboard. Being priced at the $150 mark is a solid spot to be in, since to us the high end Z97 boards seem like a bit of overkill. As for a bit more you can get a much nicer X99 System, to us anything over $160 is a bit expensive.

For those asking why spend the premium for the higher end Gigabyte motherboard? For us it has to be the peace of mind you will be getting knowing that this board has been put through the paces. With the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H you will get a rock solid board that is reliable and should last longer than their warranty of 5 years. gigabyte_z97_be (6 of 6)

This is an ATX form factor motherboard, featuring an all matte black PCB. We personally really like the matte finish, since glossier finishes don’t look as good with a bit of dust on them, and cleaning a motherboard is not a good way to spend an afternoon.

Well well, it looks like we're in for a treat! We have had the pleasure of reviewing the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition, and let us tell you it is an attractive board. Not only is it sleek looking, but Gigabyte's Black Edition has more thAn just a coat of paint. To be sold as a Black Edition board Gigabyte tests each board for 168 hours (7 days). And while the 168 hour test goes on, each motherboard needs to pass a very rigorous, full system validation testing for a full week. Gigabyte has built a custom testing facility at their Taiwan factory. Gigabyte…

Review Overview

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Rock Solid Motherboard!

The Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition is built like a tank and runs like a thoroughbred! If you are looking for a motherboard that won't let you down, no need to look any further!

User Rating: 4.06 ( 4 votes)
  • Dave H

    I would argue against your claims that Gigabytes do “rock solid motherboards”.I’ve had 2 die on me in the last month plus the 3rd one doesn’t work properly.
    Bought a Z-97- HD3. Couldn’t get post and only got black screen with GTX 780 card. Older 580 card was OK though. GTX 780 works fine on spare PC by the way.
    Gigabytes customer support is an absolute joke. No help at all , they just refuse to answer questions and shunt you about.
    Buy anything from Gigabyte at your own risk. I’d give ’em 2 stars for the quality of their products and half a star for their customer service.

    • Donny Stanley

      Sorry to hear about your misfortunes with Gigabyte products.

      When we refer to something as “rock solid” or “reliable” we of course can really only speak for the experiences we’ve had ourselves, and perhaps at best the general consensus of those who’ve purchased their products in the past.

      Unfortunately we can’t judge the product based on anecdotal evidence from any one customer, as that would be unfair to the company, and our viewers. That being said, we will of course raise your concerns with customer service with Gigabyte in the future.

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