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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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  • Timothy B.
  • 3/5/2015 12:35:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for my needs

Pros: It worked out of the box which is always a bonus :)
Not expensive - it won't break the bank
Simple, easy, straightforward, BIOS
6 SATA III connects is a decent enough amount
Has M2 or SATA Express (you can't use both at the same time, and it reduces SATA III connects)
Why pay more if this is all you need? Calculate your needs. If there's no need to overclock or go flash then this might be your board. I would not recommend this for multi GPU use because of the PCIe lane limitations, but for a single GPU this is great.

I've had no CPU, PSU, USB 3 or sound problems. I find the rear panel sound to be quite good through my Sennheiser phones - I don't have speakers hooked up. I've also not tested the onboard graphics as I have a discreet card.

Cons: As others have mentioned there is the issue with the PCIe lanes that you need to know about before you buy the board. Not a defect, but a caveat. If you use the M2 slot you will reduce the PCIe to x8, rather than the full x16 Not a big deal if you aren't planning to use M2, But if you are, buyer beware.

One of the fan headers is in an awkward place in the middle of the board; almost like it was an afterthought.

Other Thoughts: I've had this for about 4 months now. I installed an i7 4790 (non-k), 24 Gb GSKill RAM (yes 24Gb) , a GTX 650 Ti Boost, 3 HDD's, an SSD, 620 W PSU, USB peripherals, and it's been all good.

I was pleasantly surprised with how this board worked with my RAM. I initially had 16Gb (4x4) GSKill Ripjaws 1600 that are not on the boards memory support list
I ran them in XMP to get the rated 1600 cl8. No problem, all good.
But then I decided to try pulling two sticks (2x4) and adding 16Gb (2x8) for a total of 24Gb.The new RAMis here
They are very similar but cl9 and obviously the higher capacity.

Well with a few tweaks I managed to get both kits to play nice and now I have 24Gb running in dual channels (actually flex) Channel A 8Gb (2x4) and Channel B 16Gb (2x8) @ cl9 which is the slower cas of the two. Still very reasonable.

And it runs stable and great. You can run memory in Manual Individual mode that will allow you to set different timings for the different channels - perfect for what I was trying to do. I figure that's a pretty sweet feature for a cheaper board.

This just a really nicely laid out (mostly), simple, no flash board with a few extras that you won't find on other boards in this range. It was the only H97 board I could find in this price range that offered SATA III, M2 and SATA Express options, despite the aforementioned limitations.

I have zero regrets with this board and I'd recommend it based on my positive experience so far, for others who think this board may suit their needs also.

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  • Ken H.
  • 2/25/2015 7:32:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board (note PSU Issue)

Pros: Solid ATX board and nice to install. Good access to ports and plugs. Easy BIOS to use. My system flies - i5-4460, 120gb SSD running the OS, Ripjaw 8gb. I think this Gigabyte motherboard is a great value. Newegg service was great, as well!

Cons: I tried to build the system with and older ATX PSU (350 watt, 20 pin and 2 X 4 pin plugs). Gigabyte recommends a minimum 500 watt PSU and I guess they mean it because my system wouldn't even flicker with the older PSU. No POST, no LED, no fans. I thought I had a dead board. After the usual routine - clear CMOS unplug peripherals, check cabling, swearing, etc,etc... I tried a modern PSU (24 pin, 8 pin plugs) and viola! All is well. The internet didn't yield much in the way of advice on PSU plug configuration and Gigabyte support was completely useless (I'm still waiting for a response). So, all you novice builders out there (like me) could keep this in mind. Get a new PSU with your new system, save yourself some frustration!

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  • Harrison S.
  • 1/27/2015 2:11:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeware of you CPU

Pros: Cheapish
low power consumption
great bios
smooth install if you are not using a server os

Cons: Embedded network driver does not work with windows servers, there is hack fix for it which works without too much hassel.

There is no way to select which PCIe cards are used. Just because there are enough slots for your purposes doesn't mean you can use them all. Be sure to check your CPU before you try to jam a bunch of cards onto this thing because there is a limited amount of bandwidth. With my i5-4690K I had to pick between 2 8x ports or 1 8x and 2 1x cards. I only need an additional 4x slot to work at the same time.

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  • Ken M.
  • 1/18/2015 7:26:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent mobo and Newegg service

Pros: Excellent mobo. Installed it with an I7-4770S and 16 gbs of G.Skill X series DDR3 ram. Fired right up first time. I always have great luck with Gigabyte and Newegg. Installed Windows 7 Home Premium, Virtual Box and Kbuntu 14:10 and every thing has been stable now for 3 days.

Cons: I had an issue with the onboard Intel graphics when Windows pushed down updates which included a Microsoft driver for video. I downloaded the Intel driver from the Gigabyte support site and it resolved the issue. Stay away from the Microsoft driver for video and stick with Intel. I'll b using this computer mostly for3D rendering/model and digital photography.

Other Thoughts: Ordered this on Tuesday morning and received it via UPS on Wednesday afternoon. Now how's that for speedy service...

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  • Cody B.
  • 12/31/2014 8:54:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWell, it's not bad.

Pros: - It works hassle free, even for Devil's Canyon CPU's like the i7-4790K.
- Has a plethora of nice expansion options

Cons: - Obviously, you can't overclock. You technically can, but the settings will all go away after exiting bios and booting into an OS. I'm not honestly sure why I went with this board when others, capable of overclocking, cost only minuscule amounts more.
- Beware, most CPU's of this socket, incuding all Devil's Canyon CPU's, only have 16 PCIe lanes, and an M.2 drive will take 4 of them, leaving you with only 8 for a GPU (some may use 12, but most will only use 8 and effectively run in PCIe 8x mode). In other words, you can't have both, making the M.2 slot sort of useless.
- Probably just a problem with my TV, but using an HDMI, my card picked up bad EDID info. I reinstalled the OS without the card, and even my CPU's graphics displayed bad EDID info (which is odd because Haswell CPU's don't use it). This caused a giant headache for me, as the display is 60Hz, but my system only wanted to display 54Hz, which put the output way off my screen. Pretty sure it has something to do with the board.

Other Thoughts: Not a bad board by any means, just doesn't do it for me, personally. Reviewing it objectively, I'd still give it four eggs out of 5.

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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.

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at 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.


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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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