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May 27, 2013

Gigabyte's Low-Cost Haswell-Ready LGA1150 Motherboards




We've already seen Mini-ITX Z87 and top-tier Z87 ATX motherboards from Gigabyte, but the company isn't done yet. In anticipation of next week's release of Intel Haswell CPUs, it has introduced some low-cost LGA 1150 mainboards too.

The names of the new platforms are B85M-D3H, the Z87-D3HP, and the Z87-UD3H, and their prices are of under $150 / €150. The Z87-UD3H, as one might have guessed, is the most feature-packed of the lot, with heatsinks colored blue, silver, and pink. It uses a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (electrical x4), three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, a legacy PCI, a 24-pin ATX connector and an 8-pin EPS port. Then, there is an optional SATA power connector that can stabilize power domains, plus an 8-phase CPU power supply. Storage-wise, the Z87-UD3H gets 8 SATA 6 Gbps ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD (audio optical SPDIF) and Gigabit Ethernet. The Z87-D3HP is the cheapest Z87 motherboard Gigabyte has, with one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports, a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, legacy PCI x1, three display ports (DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI, the Z87-UD3H has them too) and 8 USB 3.0.

That leaves the B85M-D3H, powered by the B85 chipset (obviously). It doesn't have CPU overclocking features but does get a simple 4-phase CPU power supply, four SATA 6 Gbps ports, a pair of SATA 3 Gbps ports, 4 USB 3.0, the same video outputs as on the other two, Gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel audio.  Finally, the B85M-D3H supports Small Business Advantage (comes in micro-ATX form factor) and has four DDR3 memory slots, plus a PCI Express 3.0 slot and a PCI Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4) slot. 2 legacy PCI slots round up the spec sheet.

Gigabyte B85M-D3H

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP

Gigabyte Z87-UD3H
Images credits to Gigabyte

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