Gigabyte’s is preparing its new Z87 motherboard lineup featuring the Ultra Durable 5 design for Haswell’s launch in June. While Gigabyte has already been teasing their upcoming Z87 motherboards on their facebook page, a forum member on Chiphell leaked their upcoming mainstream Z87X-UD3H motherboard.
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H – The Mainstream Z87 Motherboard
While there are no actual photos of the board itself, the picture and specifications on the packaging is enough to give us a representation of the features the new motherboard would include. First of all, the Z87X-UD3H features the LGA 1150 socket to support Haswell processors. It comes with a Black, Blue and Gray color combination and has three sets of heatsinks, two sitting on top VRM phases and a single sitting on top the Z87 PCH.
The Ultra Durable 5 design makes the Z87 motherboards use an All IR Digital Power Design (IOR International Rectifier) with IR digital PWMs equipped with IR Powerstage ICs. The PCB itself is a 2 layer copper design and equipped with Durable black solid capacitors. Other features include Intel LAN with high ESD protection, UEFI and DualBIOS support, On/Off Charge 2 (For quick charging mobile devices), Gaming headphone amplifier for enahnced audio quality, 10 USB 3.0 ports and 8 SATA 3 Ports for storage. Overclock friendly features include a Debug display near the DIMM slots and Quick buttons to allow Power On/Off, Reset, CMOS Clear, Dual BIOS, Smart Voltage, etc options.
For expansion slots, the motherboard features three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and a single PCI slot. It offers both SLI and CrossFireX functionalities. The price was not mentioned but it would be cheaper than the high-end Z87 motherboards that Gigabyte has to offer on Haswell’s launch.