Overview and testing of the motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H / Motherboards

# Foreword

The motherboard of the company Gigabyte – GA-H97-D3H – is based on the relatively affordable Intel H97 chipset, which is a slightly simplified version of the Intel Z97. Despite the fact that the H97 chipset was not designed for overclockers, the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H is equipped with everything necessary to overclock the processors and ensure stability at the same time. In addition, several interesting solutions are applied in this model, which we will tell you about in this article.

# Specifications and Recommended Price

Technical specifications of the motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H rev.1.0 are given in the table.

[1945908] The processor

The processor

The processor

The processors Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
in the performance of LGA1150 (fourth, updated fourth and fifth generations of microarchitecture Core)
Chipset Intel H97 Express
The memory subsystem 4 x DIMM DDR3 (non-ECC) non-buffered memory up to 32 GB; Two-channel memory operation; Support 1600/1333 MHz; Support for XMP (Extreme Memory Profile).
The graphical user interface The integrated graphics core of the processor allows the use of HDMI ports version 1.4a, DVI-D and D-Sub.
Supports resolutions up to 4096×260 pixels, inclusive.
Audio Subsystem 2/4 / 5.1 / 7.1-channel HD codec Realtek ALC1150; Support for S / PDIF Out.
Intel Gigabit LAN Network Controller (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Connectors for expansion cards 1 × PCI Express x16 slot, operating mode x16 / x8, Gen 3;
1 × PCI Express x4 slot, operating mode x4;
2 × PCI Express x1 slot, operating mode x1, Gen 2; 3 PCI slots.
Scalability of the video subsystem AMD CrossFire
Drive Interfaces Intel H97 Express Chipset: 1 x M.2 PCIe
6 x SATA 3, up to 6 Gbps throughput;
1 x SATA Express, up to 10 Gbps throughput (compatible with 2 x SATA 3); Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug.
The interface of the USB Chipset Intel H97 Express:
6 × USB 3.0 (4 – on the rear panel, 2 ports are connected to the corresponding connectors on the motherboard);
8 × USB 2.0 (2 – on the rear panel, 6 ports are connected to the corresponding connectors on the system board)
Internal connectors on the motherboard 1 × USB 3.0 connector (2 ports); 3 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports); 1 M.2 PCIe;
6 × SATA 3;
1 × SATA Express;
1 × audio connector on the front panel;
1 × 4-pin connector for CPU; 1 connector for liquid cooling system (CPU_OPT);
3 × 4-pin connectors for case fans;
1 × 24-pin ATX connector;
1 × 8-pin ATX 12V power connector;
1 × COM port
1 × S / PDIF Out connector; Jumper for CMOS reset; Group of connectors of the front panel.
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 1 × PS / 2 port for keyboard or mouse;
4 × USB 3.0 / 2.0 port;
2 × USB 2.0 / 1.1 port;
1 × HDMI port;
1 × DVI-D port;
1 × D-Sub port;
1 × LAN LAN socket RJ-45; 6 audio connectors (Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In).
I / O controller
IT8620E and IT8892E
BIOS 2 x 64 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with graphical environment (SD / HD / Full HD); Support DualBIOS; PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0.
Company functions, technologies and features support for APP Center; Proprietary utility Q-Flash; Support Xpress Install; Support Smart Switch; Support for proprietary technology GIGABYTE On / Off Charge; Proprietary utility @BIOS; Proprietary function EZ Setup; Proprietary function of Smart Recovery 2; Proprietary utility EasyTune; Proprietary utility USB Blocker; Smart TimeLock; Fast Boot; System Information Browser.
Operating system software Microsoft Windows 8.1 / 8/7
The form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 214
The minimum retail value *, rubles 5,270

* According to the data of "Yandex.Market" for December 29, 2014.

# Packaging and packaging

The motherboard comes in a small box with the name of the model on the front side, a huge Ultra Durable logo and a list of supported processors.

The reverse side will tell the potential buyer about the features of the motherboard and the technologies used in it, demonstrate the components of the printed circuit board and list all its outputs.

On one of the ends of the box there is a small sticker indicating the model, its serial number and the list of characteristics.

Inside the cardboard box, the card is placed in an antistatic bag on a separate substrate, and underneath there are accessories, including an interface panel cover, two SATA cables, a software CD, a case label, and detailed setup instructions And operation of the board.

Our Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H copy belongs to version 1.0 and is available in China. Retail value of the product at the time of preparation of the article began with a mark of 5,270 rubles, and the warranty period is three years.

# Features of the construction

Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H with dimensions of 305 × 214 mm refers to the form factor ATX. The board is made on a textolite of brown color and has a classic layout.

Orange-yellow radiators on the chipset and power circuits contrast sharply with the overall color gamut of the board, making it slightly more interesting outwardly.

On the reverse side you can see the support plate of the processor socket and the actual layout of the board, as well as the ends of the plastic clips with which the radiators are fixed.

Attention is drawn to the protective strip with LED-backlight, designed to shield the sound path and other components from interference.

The circuit board with the arrangement of all the elements is as follows.

Here everything is clearly and signed, there is no point in explaining anything. In addition to the official website, the detailed instruction which describes not only each component of the board, but every BIOS item, as well as software

The Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H universal PS / 2 interface ports, two USB 2.0 ports, D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI video outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, a LAN port (RJ45) and a six-port panel Audio outputs.

In the Gigabyte motherboard of the 9th generation, the new generation of fiberglass is used within the Ultra Durable concept.

The distance between the fibers in it is reduced, and the interlacing nodes are more dense. As a result, moisture is much more difficult to penetrate into the inner layers, rather than on a printed circuit board of traditional design, thereby providing more reliable protection against short circuits and malfunctions caused by high humidity. Just do not get it literally – coffee on the board for checking the pouring is still not worth it.

Externally, the standard LGA1150 processor socket on the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H also has its own feature.

The fact is that the contacts of the connector have a gold coating thickness of 15 microns, which is five times the thickness of the typical layer.

In this way, the reliability of the connections, corrosion protection and stability of operation are increased. Overclockers will certainly like this solution, because the increased durability of contacts with frequent changes of processors to choose the most overclocked is still not superfluous. By the way, here is a link to the list of compatible processors .

The motherboard is equipped with four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory modules.

The officially supported modules with a nominal frequency of up to 1600 MHz. The maximum amount of memory can reach 32 GB, and the list of officially approved memory modules by the manufacturer can be downloaded from here .

Board power is provided by standard 24-pin and 8-pin connectors located in their regular places.

The power supply system is constructed using high-quality solid capacitors, low-resistance MOSFETs and ferrite core chokes

According to the developers, the use of these components allows the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H to operate at lower temperatures and several times its service life. In addition, again within the framework of the Ultra Durable concept, the board has built-in protection against voltage drops and power outages.

The Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H is based on the Intel H97 chipset, which accumulates almost the fullest non-gaming functionality that modern motherboards for Intel processors can be endowed with. This is how it looks on the diagram.

There are seven PCI slots at once in the arsenal of the motherboard currently under study, including one PCI Express 3.0 x16, one PCI Express 2.0 x16, two PCI Express 2.0 x1 and three conventional PCI.

Let's add that Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H supports multiprocessor technology AMD CrossFire on two video cards, but they will work only in x16 + x4 mode.

The motherboard has four SATA 3 ports with a capacity of up to 6 Gb / s, one SATA Express port with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps.

There is support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug. In addition, Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H is equipped with a M.2 connector for high-speed SSD-drives.

On the bottom edge of the board you can find a "gentleman's set" of connectors, which we will not list – everything is perfectly visible.

Two ITE controllers are disconnected on the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H: 8892E, which is responsible for PCI bus operation, and 8620E, whose "fragile shoulders" are responsible for controlling fans, PS / 2 and COM ports, and monitoring functions.

The board is equipped with a high-quality 8-channel Realtek ALC1150 HD audio codec with a signal-to-noise ratio of 115 dB, and support for Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC, echo cancellation), Beam Forming (BF, beamforming) and Noise Suppression (NS, noise reduction). In pair with it the amplifier for ear-phones TI N5532 with resistance up to 600 Ohm works.

The next photo of the chip ASMedia ASM1480 does not apply to the audio path, it is responsible for the lines of PCI Express 3.0.

Soldered near the ports of the ASMedia ASM1442K and PTN3360DBS ASICs in response to the work of video outputs using the built-in graphics core.

Concluding the review of the components of the Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H motherboard, you can add that for network functions, the Intel WGI217V Gigabyte controller is used with cFos Speed ​​software technology, which reduces response time and increases the connection bandwidth. Do not forget about the technology Gigabyte DualBIOS, implemented in the form of a duplicate chip, which allows you to restore the motherboard in the event of failure of the mainstream BIOS chip.

If you notice an error – select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.

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