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GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 Motherboard Review and testing

Tested GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 motherboard is a pretty original solution combining quite good multimedia features, compact form factor, as well as a number of advantages for its office usage. The last one includes: Intel Small Business Advantage support, COM and LPT connectors and PCI slot.

As for the basis of a new product, we are dealing with the chipset Intel H87 Express. Key features of this product you can find in one of our previous reviews.

Also we would like to note that previously we have tested quite similar model GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3.Therefore we propose to make some comparison of their key characteristics :

 

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3

USB 3.0

output/input

4/2

4/2

USB 2.0

output/input

2/4

2/4

Memory

2 x DIMM

Up to 16 GB

 2 x DIMM

Up to 16 GB

PCI Express x16

1

1

PCI Express x1

2

2

PCI

1

1

Video input

HDMI

D-Sub

DVI-D

HDMI

D-Sub

DVI-D

Audio input

3

3

SATA 6 Gb/s

6

6

eSATA

No

No

mSATA

No

No

Thunderbolt 

No

No

LAN

1

1

Wi-Fi

No

No

Bluetooth

No

No

Power phase

4

4

Format

microATX

microATX

As you can see functional components of these two models are absolutely identical. Only one thing we would like to note is Intel H87 Express chipset. It positive influenced on total cost of GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3. It is 10-15 dol. cheaper than its “relative” Intel Z87 Express. However, let's focus on the review of a new product and try to identify any differences between the two above-mentioned modifications.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

The specification of GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 motherboard:

Producer

GIGABYTE

Model

GA-H87M-HD3 (rev 1.х)

Chipset

Intel H87 Express

Socket

Socket LGA1150

CPU

Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron 4th generation

Memory frequency

1600 / 1333 MHz

Memory support

2 x 1,5В DDR3 DIMM-slot of 16GИ memory

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

Storage Interface

Intel H87 Express chipset supports:

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Realtek RTL8111F (10/100/1000 Мб/с)

Audio subsystem

Realtek ALC887 codec

2 / 4 / 5.1 / 7.1-channel sound

Power connectors

24-pin ATX main power connector

8-pin ATX 12V power connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-contact)

1 x system fan connector (4-contact)

Cooling

Aluminum cooler on chipset

External I/O

1 х DVI-D

1 x D-Sub

1 x HDMI

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

2 x USB 2.0

3 x audio channels

1 х PS/2 (mouse or keyboard)

Internal I/O connectors

1 x USB 3.0 with support of 2 USB 3.0 (19-contact)

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of 2 USB 2.0

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 х COM socket

1 х LPT socket

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS jumper

BIOS

2 х 64 Мбит AMI UEFI BIOS

PnP 1.0а, DMI2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0а

Packaging

User manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver disc

2 x SATA cables

1 х faceplate of interface panel

Form factor,

dimensions

microATX

244 х 174 mm

Producer website

GIGABYTE
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available here со страницы поддержки

Packaging GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3 is delivered in a compact thick paper box. Regarding design, a traditional GIGABYTE graphic sample of the end of 2013 - beginning of 2014 is used. On the front side your attention will be attracted by common producer name and model of the device. Three video outputs (HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub) and Intel Small Business Advantage (absent in the GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3) are specified separately.

 Also you can find the advantages of  Ultra Durable 4 Plus:

  • Ultra Cool a new sample of high efficiency cooler is used for cooling.
  • Ultra Performance - element base includes high quality components such as solid-state capacitors and Field Effect Transistor with low channel resistance (Low RDS(on)). They have higher level of efficiency, stability and reliability.
  • Ultra Safe - this model is equipped with two chips with BIOS firmware download (main and additional) that will allow you to avoid a visit to the service center in case of main chip damage. Also there is an additional protection of USB and LAN connectors against electrostatic discharge. Each LAN and USB connector is operated with a special protective filter that can withstand severe electrostatic discharge. It protects the system against power instability even during a thunderstorm.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

On the back side of the package GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 is a large picture of the motherboard its main specification. Another interesting features of the product:

Additional protection of circuit board and internal components against moisture, short-circuit currents and high temperatures;

  • Presence on the interface panel HDMI video output with image display resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K Ultra HD);
  • The usage of gold-plated contacts of the socket to improved signal transmission and corrosion protection;
  • The usage a separate protective device for each USB port on the interface panel.

 Also you will find logos indicating support of GIGABYTE ON/OFF Charge technologies and 3x USB Power. Description can be found in one of our previous materials.

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

Set of delivery GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 includes two SATA cables, faceplate of interface panel, CD with software and user manual. The composition of this set is in accordance with price of the product.

Design and features of this board

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3

Conformity of GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 and GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3 is seen over their appearance. You can distinguish one model from after examine name. The basis of boards is textolite of dark brown color of microATX format. Design is very discreet and a number of bright colors is not enough. The rest are typical representatives of inexpensive and compact solutions of GIGABYTE. As mentioned above there is no S/PDIF Out connector which can be useful to owners of old video cards NVIDIA for audio output through the HDMI port which must be connected to the S/PDIF Out.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

The reverse side of the circuit board is standard base plate of the socket. Cooler is fixed by plastic spring-loaded clips.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

At the bottom of textolite there are following ports and connectors: audio connectors, COM and LPT ports, CMOS jumper, two connectors to activate additional interfaces USB 2.0, as well as connecting of front panel header. Total number of supports is six USB 2.0 ports: four inside and two on the interface panel.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

The organization of a disk subsystem is realized by six SATA 6 Gb/s connectors which are arranged perpendicular to the surface of circuit board. All of them operate through Intel H87 Express chip. Also there is a support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10.

Our special mention is given to traditionally placed connector of external panel with USB 3.0 ports. This product had support of six ports: two internal and four on the interface panel. All they can function through a set of system logic.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 System board GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 is equipped with only two DIMM- slots for memory modules of DDR3 standard, which are equipped with locks on both sides. Memory can operate in dual channel mode. Modules with frequencies from 1333 to 1600 MHz are supported. While according to the technical specifications GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3 operates at rate up 3000 MHz. Maximum memory can be up to 16 GB which is sufficient for most tasks.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

Single cooler mounted with plastic spring-loaded clips provides heat removing from Intel H87 Express chip. In the process of testing have been recorded following temperature value:

  • Chipset cooler -46,3 ° C;
  • Elements of the power subsystem - 47,9°C.

Due to the lower heat emission chipset Intel H87 Express the temperature performance of GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3 is much lower. As a result we can note that cooler copes with its functions.

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

Processor feeding is performed via 4-phase scheme for cores and additional joints. Converter is based on a digital PDM controller ISL9582. All components of power joints have a high degree of reliability: solid-state capacitors and ferrite core chokes are used. Basic 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are use for power feeding. 

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

To extend GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 motherboard functionality the user has the same set of slots as for GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (mode х16);
  2. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  3. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  4. PCI.

Both motherboards provide the installation of one graphics card which will be enough for most users. Gamers can choose a model with a required number of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. Also we would like to note that certain office orientation is performed not only by the support of Intel Small Business Advantage and availability of COM and LPT connectors but also the availability of PCI expansion slots which is still in demand in these systems.

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

As Intel H87 Express chipset does not support PCI bus, the functioning of the relevant slot is realized by a usage of PCIE-PCI bridge based on the controller ITE IT8892E.

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

If you decide to take advantage of the opportunity of graphics core you have three video outputs: HDMI, D-Sub and DVI-D. Switching between them is carried out by two elements: ASMedia ASM1442 and PTN3360DBS. A simultaneous connection of three displays and panels with a resolution of 3840x2160 picture elements (4K Ultra HD) is supported.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

Multi I/O facilities are provided by ITE IT8728Fchip which controls the operation of the system fans, COM, LPT and PS/2 connectors, as well as monitoring.

 GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

LAN-controller Realtek RTL8111F is used to support the session. GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 

The audio subsystem is based on the 8-channel HDA-code Realtek ALC887 which supports audio formats 2/4/5.1/7.1.

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

Interface panel GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 has the following connectors:

  • 1 x D-Sub;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 4 x USB 3.0;
  • 2 х USB 2.0;
  • 1 х PS/2 (mouse or keyboard);
  • 3 x audio connector.

As we can see the configuration is completely identical to the previously considered GIGABYTE GA-Z87M-HD3. Let's study a few scenarios based on product testing.

Office PC: set of connectors and slots is in accordance with this option.

Multimedia PC without discrete audio and video cards: there are almost all necessary video interfaces, but number of audio connectors is three. In this case connection of multichannel acoustics requires the activation of front panel audio connectors. Also the user has the ability to output video in 4K Ultra HD format accompanied by multi-channel audio track through HDMI connector. That is why a new product is perfect even for this scenario.

It is important to remember about availability of 6 USB connectors of external peripheral devices, 4 of them support USB high-speed specification

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

The organization of cooling system inside the system unit of tested model is quite standard for compact solutions. There are two 4-pin fan connectors. One of them is used for CPU cooling system while the other is for connecting of turntable system.

UEFI BIOS

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3

GIGABYTE GA-H87M-HD3 model is equipped with a modern UEFI firmware based on microcode AMI with a nice graphical interface. Also there is availability to control by a mouse and support of storage device capacity 3 TB. It has two BIOS chips (DualBIOS technology) which will keep system operation in case of the main chip damage.


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