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GIGABYTE GA-H97-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Mort G.
  • 10/4/2014 9:27:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTech support for Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H Motherboard

Pros: I bought and installed a GA-H97-D3H motherboard. It started up perfectly, and I got into the bios easily. I installed
Windows 8.0.

Cons: When I tried to get online using Internet Explorer I got a message stating 'You're not connected to a network', check that all network cables are plugged in. I did and verified that the cable and RJ 45 connection were okay by using them on my laptop to get online. The only thing I could not verify was the Lan connection on the motherboard. I tried contacting Gigabyte using an address from another review, but they wanted $47 to help. I refuse to pay to get support for a new motherboard I have had for less than a week.

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 114676 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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  • Christopher D.
  • 9/15/2014 8:21:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy so far!

Pros: It works! Intel LAN, 4 RAM slots, Haswell support, lots of USB ports. Simple color scheme (doesn't look like a clown puked on it).

Cons: BIOS fan control kinda sucks

Other Thoughts: Motherboards really are the heart of computers. A good board is needed for a good system. If you have high quality components (CPU, vid card, etc), but a bad board, your system can really have performance issues. Luckily, this board has so far been extremely good for me. The USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports are sufficient for just about anything you can throw at it. Plus, it has a number of onboard USB headers, which I'm thankful for, as my new case has a pair of USB 2.0 and 3.0 top ports. I initially wasn't even going to plug them in, but I changed my mind, and my joystick (which gets put away after use) is plugged into the top of my case. I also put two extra USB addin plates on the other two USB 2.0 headers, giving me 4 extra ports on the back of my case.

The RAM slots are really close to the mounting screw holes. A skinny or standard phillips screwdriver fits past the release tabs, but thicker type screwdrivers, especially those with changeable bits, will either just barely fit at an angle, or won't fit at all. Luckily, it's not THAT big of a deal.

I have read other reviews on similar 1150 boards, including some from Gigabyte, claiming warped boards, boards that were really flexible, or similar. When I first pulled this out of the box, I actually tested it. It is solid. My board was warped very very slightly, but that is normal. I had no problems installing this board, the CPU, the CPU's HSF, the RAM, my video card, the front panel connectors, USB devices into the headers, or anything else.

I bought a new case for this system, and it is black with black hardware. This board's black/dark gray color scheme matched the case, hardware, connectors, and video card very nicely. I haven't got anything against brightly colored boards, but the colors they chose for this board are good IMO. If you're looking for something flashy, this isn't for you (well, you could paint it... Or execute a clown in your case I guess).

My only problem is the BIOS fan header settings. Each fan header can be set to Automatic, silent, manual, or full speed. Silent runs the fans at a low speed regardless of temps, full speed runs the fans at 100%. In automatic mode, the BIOS adjusts the fan speeds based on temperatures. While this keeps the system quiet, the fans run at too low of a speed. In manual mode, you basically can change the multiplier for automatic mode. Even at the highest multiplier, the fans don't really kick up enough when under heavy load and temps get a bit high. Mostly, the CPU fan bothers me. It's too loud at full speed, but silent and too hot at maximum manual mode.

I also found there to not be quite enough fan headers. I have used Server boards in the past with like 3x10^58 fan headers and still felt the same way, so maybe I just like fan headers too much... This board had a CPU, alt CPU, and 3 system headers. I would really like to see an additional system header near the bottom right of the board, near the one that's already there.

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  • cynthia w.
  • 8/11/2014 8:06:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboar for a Great Price

Pros: If you're not planning on overclocking but need a great motherboard with loads of features then most definitely get this motherboard.
It works perffectly for gaming, I'm running this with a GTX 780 and an ir 4690 and the whole thing runs like w charm with very low power consumption. The on board sound card is fantastic, it makes my portable ihome speakers sound fantastic, and it even has wireless connectivity which is alright but still a plus.

Cons: None really.

Other Thoughts: Along with this motherboard I bought a Corsair Graphite 230t standard ATX case and even though the motherboard is ATX, I had a lot of trouble lining the mounting holes on the motherboard with the standoffs in the case. The case came with 11 non removable standoffs and the mobo came with 7 mounting holes. After pulling out some of the extra standoffs I was only able to attach the mobo in 5/7 mounting holes.

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  • Andreas K.
  • 8/9/2014 7:08:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent board.

Pros: Has all the features you need for a mid range system, at a reasonable price.

Cons: 1] While testing the board, I found that the audio output jack (green) on the board was defective (rear panel, front audio out) , with very loud static coming through. I temporarily got around the jack issue by configuring a second outpout (blue) to be the front audio out.

I had purcahsed a discreet soundcard anyways, so the onboard audio was going to be disabled, but this was very dissapointing quality contol fail here (or hear?).

2] The board does not read the XMP-1600 memory timings correctly. I had to manually set 9-9-9-24 in the BIOS, even after specifying that I wanted the XMP profile to load. (BIOS F5 revision). [G.Skill Ares series Memory]

Other Thoughts: If using a stock CPU heat sink, make sure the clips that hold the fan onto the heat sink are not interfering with components around the CPU socket. The stock heatsink that came with my i54960S will interfere with the components if not placed in the correct orientation.

I have an old XFX Radeon 5770. Don't enable Platform Powere Management in the BIOS if you do too, as it led to contant video hardware errors/driver crashes for me while testing the system's stability.

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  • Justin B.
  • 7/29/2014 3:52:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Good build quality, very sturdy, good variety of connections, looks pretty good.

Cons: Haven't run into any problems as of yet.

Other Thoughts: Worked perfectly out of the box with my i5-4590S, Sapphire Radeon 270X, Kingston HyperX 8GB RAM, and Crucial MX100. The only thing that slightly irks me but doesn't count as a con really is the placement of the front audio header at the bottom rear of the board. My wire is stretched to the max to reach it. Over all this is a great board with a number of good features and is perfect for a mid range gaming machine.

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  • Erik B.
  • 7/14/2014 12:43:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsImmediate BOD

Pros: Excellent features for the price.
Fairly simple layout/Design.

Cost effective way to upgrade someone to newer tech from a 10 year old rig (in my case)

Cons: Will not boot to Windows 7

Other Thoughts: I have spent 5 hours troubleshooting the BSOD.
Plugged in memory, SSD, CPU, 1 fan, and power cord. Connected the PSU and immediate BSOD and generates the Windows recovery/safe boot screen.
If i unplug the SSD the system will boot to BIOS. Health check reveals the system "sees" the CPU and the memory is also recognized (1 stick or 2 - i tried both variations) I have also adjusted the timings per the memory settings.
BSOD everytime.

I will be calling Gigabyte tomorrow to see what support is offered. Their response will determine how I adjust this rating of thier product.

Intel Core i3-4330 Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150

GIGABYTE GA-H97-D3H LGA 1150 Intel H97

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

SSD 128 GB SAMSUNG 840 EVO - I preloaded WIN 7 and downloaded the updates from the computer this one is intended to replace

Ordered a new DVD/CD player today as I was not aware my existing IDE would not connect without a controller - This is my fault i take responsibility here, not GigaB's fault. I am happy to upgrade my 10 year old player to an SATA version - that is long overdue anyway and only $20.

As always, Newegg has had my order out the door the same day i oreder and UPS delivery has never taken more than 3 days.

I may be missing something in the BIOS causing this, I have built apprx. 30 machines over the last 10 years so I have a good grasp on this stuff, but as technology is always changing it is possible I have overlooked something. I will update this posting when I have this issue worked through.

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 111825 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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  • Scott H.
  • 7/13/2014 7:20:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood board once you get it working

Pros: All the features I needed for a decent price from a name I trust

Cons: When I first got this new motherboard and processor (4770k), I had issues with the computer freezing up all the time. Sometimes, it would do it in Windows but it would consistently crash when gaming. Cutting the PCI Express slot back to PCIe 2.0 instead of 3.0 fixed the issue. Card is a Asus nvidia gtx 660. Computer is solid running PCIe 2.0 now.

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  • Scott H.
  • 6/30/2014 8:37:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVideo Bugs

Pros: Mobo has all the features I needed.

Cons: Had an issue where my computer would lock up randomly. It would do it just in Windows but it did it all the time when trying to play games. Weird as it sounds, I was able to fix it by cutting the PCIe Slot for my video card (NVidia GTX 660) back to PCIe v2.0 instead of 3.0 even tho the card is 3.0. After that change, the computer was solid.

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  • Robert G.
  • 6/22/2014 4:46:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Purchase

Pros: I purchased this board to build a server around. The build was the easiest I have ever had in over 20 years of building PCs. Everything worked perfectly and was simple to get around. I am running this with an Intel i5 4690 with 32gb of ram and everything is rock solid. System boots extremely fast even with a non SSD boot drive. Great board at a great price as long as you aren't looking for overclocking ability otherwise you'll need to pick up a Z97 chipset.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Using this as a file server I would have liked more than 6 SATA connections but its not a deal breaker.

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  • JK I.
  • 6/22/2014 9:41:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board for My Use

Pros: Been using this board for about a month with zero issues. Easy to work with, seems sturdy and fit my case and backplate perfectly.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: As a 20+ year exclusive user of ASUS motherboards, this is now my third Gigabyte board and I do not regret leaving ASUS.

I prefer stability over speed and do not overclock so I sought the H97 chipset. Paired this board with: Intel i7 4790 CPU (stock cooler), 16 GB (2 x 8GB) Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 RAM at 8-8-8-24, SeaSonic G Series 550 watt PSU, and Samsung EVO 256 GB SSD. Booted and scooted without a hitch!

One note: I don't kow what BIOS version is shipping on the boards now, but the newest BIOS is F4, 6/4/2014. Mine shipped with F3 and I updated immediately.

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