Gigabyte Z390 UD Review

Gigabyte Z390 UD Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

This GIGABYTE Z390 UD or Z390 Ultra Durable motherboard is ATX in size, eliminating the gaming branding and fluff that typically accompanies gaming boards. With a grey sweeping straight pattern across the majority of the board, the PCB is coupled with the chipset heatsink. The board has three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots, with the top slot protected with metal slot guards supporting x16, and the other two bare full-length slots supporting x4; it also has three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Additionally, the board has the same 8 and 4-pin 12V ATX power inputs as the Z390 Gaming SLI, Z390 Gaming X, and Z390M Gaming models.

Gigabyte Z390 UD: Features

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In terms of storage, there are six SATA ports on the Z390 UD, including two right-angled connections and four straight-angle connections. In addition to the PCIe slots, there is an M.2 slot that supports both SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4. As far as the memory is concerned, a total of 64 GB can be installed across the four RAM slots, although official XMP profiling has not yet been announced.

There are six USB 3.0 Type-A ports on the rear panel of the Z390 UD, two PS/2 ports to connect a keyboard and mouse, and an HDMI port. It also uses a cheaper Realtek audio codec and Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit networking controller to power three 3.5 mm audio jacks and a single LAN port, which is not just the only GIGABYTE board to do so.

Verdict

Due to the lack of pizazz and the gaming-designed feature set, the Z390 UD is aimed more at budget systems and more professionals who do not wish to spend extra budgets on unnecessary features that will, for all intents and purposes, remain unutilized. With a price of $130, the Z390 UD is GIGABYTE’s cheapest Z390 motherboard as it represents one of the more modest entry-level Z390 offerings from any motherboard vendor at launch.