Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review

Test Setup, Power Draw and Temps

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review

Test Setup

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP
Intel Core i7-4770K
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz

Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64

During our testing we used the new Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400Mhz 16GB kits.

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review     Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review


Power Draw

The stock D3HP takes a fraction more power than the Intel board, but the major point has to be that even when overclocked the combination of i7-4770K and HD7970 takes 33 fewer Watts than the stock i7-3770K. The focus on power saving has certainly been worthwhile.

Temperatures

One thing we've discovered is that the i7-4770K is almost entirely thermally limited. Given that we're running the best cooling solution around, short of a dedicated water loop, this most definitely isn't a setup in which you want to scrimp on your CPU cooler.

  

 

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Most Recent Comments

01-06-2013, 10:29:28

tinytomlogan
The first of our looks at overclocking the Core i7-4770K comes on the Gigabyte Z87-D3HP.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...085850967l.jpg


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01-06-2013, 23:04:42

MacLeod
Man I love the new look of these Gigabyte boards! Makes me want to buy one just for that! About time they fancied up their boards a little. I know we're not supposed to care about such frivolous things but I cant help myself.

Looks good as the latest ad on the side panels of the forum too. Nicely done Gigabyte!

06-06-2013, 07:40:50

ant_1984
Nice review. Will you be reviewing the ud5h?

I'm looking at that board at the moment.

07-04-2014, 16:03:35

SamQ
Good review ... reading through I noticed this complaint:

"In fact the only thing we dislike is the vertical SATA ports which, regardless of price-point, are unacceptable."

Not the first time I've seen this but as a newb I have no idea why this is a problem ... can anyone elucidate? Thanks, in advance.

08-04-2014, 06:06:14

Snortan
It's just a matter of making the computer looking cleaner/better cable management and with vertical SATA ports you can't do it as easy. Performance is exactly the same if you were worried by that.

11-04-2014, 11:58:01

RobCrezz
Looks nice, but I have to say I have lost some confidence in Gigabyte recently. Their UEFI bios upgrades for slightly older boards (which are admittedly Beta..) are junk with less functionality than the BIOS. Also, after 3 years of service my GA-Z68XP-UD3 shat itself for no good reason.

I know all manufacturers have boards that fail, but it does cause you to lose confidence when it happens to you personally. DOA is sometimes expected and accepted, but a failure after a few years...


.. I digress, good review TTL.
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