Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review
It's nice to see Gigabyte moving away from the white boxes that have been their staple for a long time. There is something about a black box that psychologically seems more impressive than a white one. Although the rear of the D3HP box still looks like an explosion in a sticker factory.
Considering this is a brand new motherboard and priced just above the £110 mark, the D3HP looks very nice indeed with its black PCB, mainly black plastic and grey heatsinks.
Connectivity is the big area of improvement with the Z87-D3HP. From left to right we have two USB 2.0 and a combined PS2, VGA and DVI, six USB 3.0s, HDMI, Gigabit LAN and audio ports.
There is tons of space around the CPU socket, more than we've seen for a long time. Certainly if you're one of the people who just loves to put a DICE pot on your board you're not going to be struggling to fit it on the D3HP.
The bottom end is nearly identical to every other board of recent years, although we're surprised to see that the Z87-D3HP retains the legacy PCI slots that are a few years past their useful service, and that the SATA ports are vertical. Considering that 6 bits of cheap plastic can't save that much over one bit of cheap plastic, we think vertical SATAs are fairly unforgivable these days. Even with the tiny saving on copper traces.