Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Review

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

01-06-2013, 23:04:42

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, 07:40:50

Nice review. Will you be reviewing the ud5h?

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

07-04-2014, 16:03:35

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, 06:06:14

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, 11:58:01

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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