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Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK Black Edition reviewed

by on29 December 2014
Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK Black Edition Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK Black Edition


We used the traditional approach and tried overclocking the system by changing BIOS settings, using the legacy BIOS (which is easier to navigate than UEFI). Gigabyte also continues to offer its EasyTune (ET) software which allows users to view and adjust voltages, frequency, and other overclocking-related settings, as well to monitor vital parameters within the Windows environment.

For proper overclocking you will mostly be looking at the Advanced CPU OC, Advanced DDR OC and 3D Power windows from which you can manually control frequencies and voltages.

We bumped up the CPU clock to 4.5GHz by changing the CPU voltage to 1.26V and multiplier settings (45x on the frequency page).

In case you want to try the ‘Performance Upgrade’ feature, which is an automatic OC feature built into the motherboard’s UEFI, bear in mind that the applied voltages tend to be high, ranging from 1.35v to 1.42v – which is a tad too much for us and our CPU.

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