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Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

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Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP review: specs and price

Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP
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Why is Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP better than the average?

  • SATA 3 connectors
    6vs5.64
  • USB 3.0 ports
    6vs4.37
  • USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)
    8vs4.01
  • Audio connectors
    6vs4.77
  • Audio channels
    8vs7.6
  • PCI slots
    2vs0.77
  • DVI outputs
    1vs0.58
  • Width
    240mmvs275.86mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.CPU sockets

1

The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.

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2.height

240mm

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170mm

3.Has integrated graphics
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.

4.width

240mm

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170mm

5.Has dual BIOS
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

The motherboard supports dual BIOS. If you flash a new BIOS to your motherboard and something goes wrong, you can switch to the backup BIOS so that you can still boot your computer.

Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

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3466MHz

2.memory channels

2

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

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8

3.memory slots

4

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.

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4.maximum memory size

32GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

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1024GB

5.overclocked RAM speed

3000MHz

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.

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4600MHz

Connectors

1.fan headers

4

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.

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2.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

2

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

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8

3.USB 3.0 ports

6

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

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14

4.SATA 3 connectors

6

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.

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12

5.has a HDMI output
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Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

6.RJ45 ports

1

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.

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5

Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

1

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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2.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

1

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.

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12

3.PCI slots

2

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

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Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

95dB

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.

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127dB

2.audio connectors

6

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

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10

3.audio channels

8

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

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Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.

2.Supports RAID 1
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

3.Supports RAID 0
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3HP

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.

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