Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review

Introduction and Overclocking

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review


So now we've had a look at what the i7-4770K is capable of at stock when running on the basic Intel motherboard, it's time for us to have a look at the first of our Z87 motherboards, the Gigabyte Z87-D3HP.

The Z77 version of this motherboard was one of the best value ones available on the LGA1155 socket, providing good performance and features in a small, affordable, package.

This latest version based on the Z87 chipset has all the features you'd expect. Plenty of USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbp/s ports, and perhaps most importantly the first all black PCB that Gigabyte have used at the bottom of their range. One of the big boons is the new version of their UEFI which not only looks much better, as we'll see on later pages, but is capable of being skinned and customised by the user. We all love to customise wherever possible and this will definitely help give a holistic feel across your system, as well as give vendors a chance to splatter their logos hither and thither.

Overclocking and Low Power

Of course the primary sphere of interest for our review is to see how the overclocking of the i7-4770K behaves, and the increase in the instructions and much more powerful HD4600 iGPU has meant that heat is much more of a consideration and limitation than it was previously on the LGA1155. Nonetheless we managed a very respectable 4.6GHz on the Z87-D3HP. Knowing that this is the base model in the Gigabyte range we're very impressed indeed.

Speaking of things to be impressed about, energy efficiency is a key part of the 4th Generation Intel CPUs, and look at the voltage in the right hand screen shot when idle. In total our test system drew a frankly incredible 51W when the system was idle.

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Most Recent Comments

02-06-2013, 03:04:42

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!Quote

06-06-2013, 11:40:50

Nice review. Will you be reviewing the ud5h?

I'm looking at that board at the moment.Quote

07-04-2014, 20:03:35

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.Quote

08-04-2014, 10:06:14

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.Quote

11-04-2014, 15:58:01

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.Quote

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