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Trio of Value-Oriented GIGABYTE LGA1150 Motherboards Detailed


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We've had GIGABYTE's premium mainline socket LGA1150 motherboards, the Z87-UD4H and Z87-UD5H detailed last week. A little earlier, we've been through the company's gamer-centric G1.Sniper series, and Z87 OC Force. Below are pictures of the company's sub-$150 lineup based on the Z87 Express and B85 Express chipsets, the B85M-D3H, the Z87-D3HP, and the Z87-UD3H.

The B85M-D3H, as the name might give away, is based on Intel's B85 chipset that gives you most of the platform's feature-set, including Small Business Advantage, but excluding CPU overclocking features. Built in the micro-ATX form-factor, the board offers a simple 4-phase CPU power supply, four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), two legacy PCI, four SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA 3 Gb/s, four USB 3.0 ports (two rear, two by header), a combination of DVI, HDMI, and D-Sub display outputs; gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel HD audio.

The Z87-D3HP is probably the cheapest Z87-based motherboard by the company. It offers the same 4-phase CPU power design as the B85M-D3H, four DDR3 DIMM slots, a single PCI-Express 3.0 x16, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI slots; six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, a combination of DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI display outputs; eight USB 3.0 ports (six rear, two by header), 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF, and gigabit Ethernet.

The Z87-UD3H steps things up with a better-equipped feature-set than the others. Unlike the Z87-UD4H and Z87-UD5H, it features a combination of blue, silver, and pink highlights in its heatsinks. The board offers an 8-phase CPU power supply, four DIMM slots, two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x8/x8 when both are populated), a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4), three PCI-Express 2.0 x1, and a legacy PCI. In addition to the 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, the board draws power from a SATA power connector. This connection is optional, and could stabilize various power domains. In terms of storage connectivity, the Z87-UD3H offers a generous eight internal SATA 6 Gb/s, and two eSATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display connectivity include DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort. The board offers a total of ten USB 3.0 ports (six rear, four by headers), 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF, and gigabit Ethernet. Find more pics at the source.

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I wish they would make a higher end model of that mATX board with the same PCIE 16x slot distance, would be perfect for SLI!