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GIGABYTE GA-H81.Amp-UP LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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GIGABYTE GA-H81 - Amp-Up LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
 
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GIGABYTE 8 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards support the latest 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build. From high current capable power delivery, performance-enhancing caching technologies, exclusive high-end audio features, advanced networking and device charging, GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards are in a class of their own.

Next Gen Intel® 8 Series Platform

The latest Intel 8 Series platform offers significant improvements in performance and power consumption with the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® H81 chipsets. As well as a boost in overall productivity, the latest HD4600 Intel® processor graphics provide significantly higher frame rates in the latest DX11 3D game titles.


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Gold Plated Audio Hardware

GIGABYTE Motherboards pack top quality gold plated audio connectors for improved connectivity and long lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The ALC898 audio codec is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.


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Nichicon High End Audio Capacitors

GIGABYTE Motherboards use the highest quality Nichicon high end audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.


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GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus debuts on GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards, with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.


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Ultra Performance

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.


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Audio Noise Guard

Audio Noise Guard with Path Lighting
GIGABYTE motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.


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HDMI™ – The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gbps video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high-quality audio - all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.


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On/Off Charge Technology

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so charging from your PC can be as fast as with a wall-charger.


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GIGABYTE App Center

GIGABYTE App Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE App Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.


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Ultra-Safe

GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
GIGABYTE motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a "Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings, or power failure during the update process.


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GIGABYTE EasyTune

GIGABYTE EasyTune provides a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings.

GIGABYTE Smart Fan 2

As well as offering more system fans than ever before, GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature updated and improved CPU and system fan speed controls, with individual airflow and speed settings available via a dedicated digital controller. GIGABYTE Smart Fan 2 allows you to configure CPU fans and system fans.


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GIGABYTE @BIOS

The new and updated GIGABYTE @BIOS app allows you to update your system's BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface by automatically downloading the latest version from the GIGABYTE servers.


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High-ESD Protection for USB and LAN (USB 3.0 only)

GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


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One Fuse per USB Port (USB 3.0 only)

On GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards each USB port has its own dedicated power fuse that prevents unwanted USB port failure, helping to safe guard your important data during transfer


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4K Ultra HD Support

4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.


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USB DAC-Up

Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-Up provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-Up takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.

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GIGABYTE USB DAC-Up also allows the port to be configured in BIOS for enthusiast system configurations which do not require USB power to the DAC. This makes it suitable for high-end audio enthusiasts building extreme fidelity audio systems.

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GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio: Redefining Motherboard Audio

GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio combines a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before.


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Gain Boost

To further optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, GIGABYTE motherboards also debut Gain Boost. Gain Boost provides onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device. Most OP-Amps are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom. Gain Boost allows users to switch between 6x and 2x amplification depending on the speakers or headphones being used.


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Upgradable Onboard OP-Amp

GIGABYTE motherboards are the world's first to feature an onboard operational amplifier (OP-Amp), allowing users to physically switch out and try different OP-AMPs which offer distinct and nuanced properties that make the audio clearer, punchier and more life-like. Additional OP-Amps can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.


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GIGABYTE EZ Setup

GIGABYTE EZ Setup combines several key utilities designed to simplify install and configuration procedures for several exclusive GIGABYTE apps including Disk Mode Switch, Smart Connect, EZ Rapid Start and EZ Smart response.


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*The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
*Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
*All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
*Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

 


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Chen J.
  • 8/23/2014 11:48:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost a year and runs great!

Pros: -stable, reliable, and looks cool with the green LEDs
-recognizes my 2x2gb Patriot Sector 5 1600mhz ram and my 2x4gb Kingston 1866mhz Hyper X T1 ram
-frequent updates on Gigabyte's website
-sounds great with Hi-Res 192khz recordings
-excellent sound quality from ALC898 chip for less than $100

Cons: -USB DAC power option does not work in BIOS
(USB DAC power feature enables or disables the power for the USB DAC connector on the back panel to provide only the audio signal if your DAC runs on an external power supply. This improves the sound quality)

It could also be an issue with my DAC's USB connection (using Arcam irDac)

-sound could be too "clean" or "accurate" for some who prefer a warmer, colored sound

-does not tolerate poorer recordings (MP3s, etc.)

Other Thoughts: Running latest BIOS and no issues. I think the negative reviews indicate an incompatibility between this board and newer Intel chips. I'm using an i3 that came out last year. Upgrading to newer BIOS is the solution. Gigabyte should have included a way to upgrade the BIOS externally, but that is a feature I've seen on higher end mobos.

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  • John O.
  • 7/22/2014 7:29:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate to Previous Review

Pros: Eventually got it to work, but was much more complicated than it needed to be.

Cons: Depending on the BIOS version you get, it may or may not work with the chip. This is a major inconvenience.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to update my previous review. It turns out the board was not actually DOA, but the combo deal I bought from Newegg was incompatible with each other without some tweaking.

I bought this MB in a combo deal with an i3-4150 processor. You'd expect the two items in a combo deal to work together, right? However, the motherboard only supports that processor if its running version F3 of its BIOS. Depending on when the board is manufactured, it may or may not have the latest BIOS. And there is no way to know until you get the board in the mail. The board I was shipped was running the F1 version of the BIOS.

Older boards, that come with the F1 BIOS won't support newer chips. This is a major inconvenience, because in order to upgrade the BIOS, you need a supported chip. It's a chicken/egg problem. You can't flash the BIOS with an unsupported chip in there.

Of course, my old computer didn't have the same socket chip, so I didn't have a way to flash the BIOS. Luckily, I was able to scare up a supported chip from a friend, but if you can't, you'd need to ship the board back.

Gigabyte offered to flash it for me, but I'd have to pay the shipping to them, and wait even longer.

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  • John O.
  • 7/15/2014 10:14:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGot Two, Both DOA, Avoid

Pros: Price wasn't terrible, got it as part of a combo deal. But price doesn't mean much when its DOA

Cons: Ordered one as part of a combo deal. Refused to boot, would constantly cycle on and off. RMAed the board, got a replacement, same issue. Swapped out every other part of the new system, thinking it couldn't possibly be two bad motherboards, I must be doing something wrong.

Not likely. Tested using a different case, power supply, CPU, everything, and the problem still persists. Had the same experience of several other people posting here. System would power on for about 3-5 seconds, then shut off and reboot itself. Will likely return this one as well and get something that actually works.

Disappointed I wasted so much time on this already.

Other Thoughts: Others seem to have similar experiences, I'd avoid this and get something with a better reliability ranking.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111887 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • James K.
  • 7/11/2014 9:33:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBSOD galore

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Driver/Bios issues cause Bluescreens whenever the power is turned off of the receiver or TV. Doesn't matter if you use an older driver or a newer one if you plan to use this board for a HTPC forget it. I've been battling this for weeks and there is no solution for a board with drivers and bios.that have bugs.

Other Thoughts: I've been a gigabyte mobo purchaser for almost 20 years and never have I had so many issues with one their mobos. I have never bought any other brand before. The worst part is the support. They send a one line question every couple days on something that I already covered in my detailed case notes. Meanwhile the days and weeks go by and the Home theater is offline. I'm afraid that Gigabyte has run their course and the decline has come to them. Any suggestions on a new manufacturer would be welcome.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111803 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Brian A.
  • 6/29/2014 5:27:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFirst MOBO from Gigabyte I disliked

Pros: Cost
Functions

Cons: Fails to read HDD 2 out of 3 boots, and forces you to run repair setup. I purchased this with my first SDD thinking that was the issue until I swapped the SDD into my laptop and worked without issue. This Motherboard will either fail to read HDD, start windows, crash while using windows or randomly blue screen. Previously ruled out all other components (Processor, RAM, GPU, HDD, CD/PCI)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111389 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Joshua S.
  • 6/20/2014 4:27:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOne DOA, One Wonderful

Pros: This works wonderfully for a first time builder. The BIOS is easy to use and read, and the cables are easy to set up in a small case. It was a tight fit, but most issues had to do with my inexperience more than the board itself.

Cons: After about a month, the first board started giving intermittent and hard to diagnose boot errors. Even worse, NEWEGG offered a mail in rebate with the product. Therefore, they wouldn't let me return the product.

I eventually bought a separate board which works wonderfully, but I have the old, broken board with nothing to do with it. (GIGABYTE only offers replacements or repairs and NEWEGG won't take it at all). I was frustrated by the customer service of GIGABYTE and NEWEGG in this entire process, but I know I should take some of the blame since I was new and ignorant with many of the policies before I started.

Other Thoughts: Great board if it works, but it is absolutely high risk (looking at my review and others on here).

It is advertised for audiophiles, but I have not noticed anything extra-ordinary sound wise with the product, but that also comes with no complains.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111174 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Tony R.
  • 6/17/2014 9:10:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBoard DOA for a time-sensitive build.

Pros: Decent price, supposedly a good clean audio output.

Cons: Board DOA so I cannot review further. Will update review to share my experience with refund or replacement.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 110951 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

For no POST/display issue, please check the following:

1. Be sure the CPU is supported by this motherboard, for CPU support list please go to the GIGABYTE website.

2. Check memory requirement and memory installation, be sure the memory is/are seated properly. You may test the board with a single stick to rule a single bad stick of memory.

3. Be sure the ATX 24-Pin and ATX 12V 4 or 8-Pin are plugged in firmly into the board.

4. Check for visible bent or broken pin(s) in the CPU socket (Intel CPU).

5. If you have an add-on video card installed, please check if the card requires additional powers 4, 6, or 8 Pin PCIE power.

6. Test the board on a non-conductive surface or test bench to rule out the grounding possibility.

7. Check monitor for video input selection, VGA, DVI, or HDMI.

8. Avoid using any video adapter or KVM switch.

9. Test with different video cable.

10. Clear the CMOS by taking out the CMOS battery from the battery socket, leave it out for 5 minutes and place it back after that (positive side faces up).

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2014 6:43:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome for the price

Pros: this paired with a Core i3 4130 and 8gb of g.skill 1866 makes for a really nice build .... got this board and cpu in a combo and i have to say with win7 on a Samsung EVO SSD this thing just rocks for what it is .... 14sec boot win7 pro, I'm sure you could get to 5 sec boots with win 8/8.1

Cons: it only has Hdmi, not really an issue as most of the current monitors have the connection, the person i built this for did not so they either had to get a new monitor or in this case I had a 6450 AMD card just sitting around so I threw it in so they would have a dvi connection,

The onboard graphics are actually better than the 6450 so its a shame I had to do that

Other Thoughts: the green led's that illuminate the sound barrier portion of the board also light the underside of the board and give a glow effect around the whole board so with a windowed case it looks really cool if you like green

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  • David S.
  • 4/19/2014 4:46:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly

Pros: Solid build. Quality components. Gigabyte has performed well for me in the past. Worked out of the box.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Just a solid board for my nephew's rig. Running an i5-4570 Haswell @ 3.2GHz with 8gb of 240-Pin Corsair DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800). Worked first time and has been great since.

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  • Zahid M.
  • 4/16/2014 5:38:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Choice

Pros: Reasonable price

Cons: I bought 2 boards for new builds. On one computer USB 2.0 ports are not working. On the other one USB 2 is working but USB 3.0 is not working, and computer goes out with blue screen of death. I Called technical support multiple time but failed to resolve the issues

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 108897 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

1. Are you running a fresh new Windows install or pre-existing?

2. Be sure there's no driver conflict under Device manager.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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