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GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD2 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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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.


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.


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.


Ultra Safe

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.


Humidity Protection

Humidity can play havoc on a motherboard's circuitry.GIGABYTE's new Glass Fabric PCB design helps protect against electrical shorts due to humidity by reducing the gaps in spacing between PCB filaments.


Power Failure Protection

GIGABYTE also uses Anti-Surge ICs to protect the motherboard against power surges.


Electrostatic Protection

GIGABYTE motherboards feature High Resistance ICs which help protect the motherboard against electrostatic discharge.


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.


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


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.


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.


DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).


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 that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger.


LAN Optimizer - Intelligent Optimization Network Management Tool

GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer is designed to allow the user to manage different types of network traffic so that data streams such as HD media, web browsing or online gaming can be prioritized, taking precedence over large data downloads that tend to strangle overall network bandwidth.



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.



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.



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.



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.


Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-H81M-HD2

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

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  • Joseph W.
  • 10/14/2014 10:29:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat mobo for the price

Pros: HDMI for onboard Haswell Graphics
4 Sata ports
2 USB 3.0 ports
Costomizable Bios - lots of features!

Cons: 2 6gb/sec SATA & 2 3gb/sec SATA ports, what year is this? I would think 6gb.sec would be standard by now.
Front header USB 2.0 only - kinda a con if your case has USB 3.0 on front headers.

Other Thoughts: For the price this is a great board if you want a basic computer and want the HDMI input for onboard with Intel graphics.
This would also be a good HTPC board for many due to the HDMI on the mobo and it's small form factor.
This is a great board for the price - I just hope next refresh we see some of those USB 2.0's gone and Sata 3gb replaced with more 6gb.

-1 egg for Sata 3gb and to many USB 2.0s for 2014.

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  • Heather D.
  • 6/15/2014 6:05:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Price, HDMI, haven't had many issues with this at all.

Worked great out of the box with my Linux distro of choice.

Cons: Only 4 SATA ports. But I knew that going in. Actually only 3 for, because one popped off the board when a cable snagged during build. It seemed like it came off pretty easily, but I'm not sure if that was the board itself or me, so I'm only taking one egg off.

No Win XP drivers. Not that I'm really going to find them for anything new, and I could have easily found that out before buying it. Just hated having to hunt down a reasonably priced Win7 when I only use Windows for the occasional gaming urge.

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  • jack f.
  • 6/14/2014 4:44:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice for price

Pros: Smaller than most boards of this factor size.
3 video out ports - 1 is HDMI
UEFI dual bios - many tweaks
well constructed

Cons: none at this point

Other Thoughts: works well with most apps
onboard video will suit all but the most intense graphic needs

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  • charles m.
  • 6/1/2014 12:20:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5

Pros: good product for the price

Cons: good serivce

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  • Randall S.
  • 5/26/2014 6:39:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell worth the price

Pros: This board had everything I needed and provides the quality and workmanship I require for my customers.
The HDMI works in concert with the VGA out and is great for dual displays. (Work on one and have TV on the other)

Cons: I wish they would give me a PATA header so I could attach some of my legacy hard drives. Oh well, I have a PATA PCI card for that purpose, it is just not as convenient.

Other Thoughts: All in all this is a perfect bpard for almost any build type.
If you do not care for the haswell video you can install your own video card. Very easy Bios, and the settings are all in front of you.

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  • Steve S.
  • 5/14/2014 8:21:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsGigabyte GA-H81M-HD2 Motherboard

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Installed the motherboard and the sound was not working from day one. I called Gigabyte tech support and they couldn't figure it out. Stay away for this item.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 109856 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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  • Marguerite P.
  • 3/9/2014 11:06:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSoFa So Good

Pros: Equipped well enough for the purpose
On board video with D-Sub.
Saved my bacon by working on old OS partition.
Ultra Durable features.
Hassle free fast Windows 7 install.

Cons: 4 SATA ports
No Windows XP support

Other Thoughts: Bought in a combination with i3 4130 CPU as a rushed replacement board in a Plex media server. Something killed my old MSI LGA775 board and power supply, so with this replacement simply swapped out it booted into Windows XP and was in limp-a-long mode while I sought out drivers for XP.

Really, my Plex server was again functional enough to operate under a swap & drop.

My search for XP compatible drivers came up short - never did find complete audio & video drivers so I could preview or watch content on the console. I later ended up buying a system builder copy of Windows 7 pro at Newegg. I had just 2 hours to install the OS and get the media machine back online and finished with time to spare.

Along with the copy of Win7 I also bought a Rosewill pcie SATA card to bring the port count back up to 6.

So I spent a bit more on a new OS and expansion card to replace was was essentially a spare parts computer I had been utilizing as a media vault. The hassle free install and newfound performance outweigh the minus'.

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