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Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H: review and testing

Widely known leader in computer hardware, company GIGABYTE does not limit its product range by devices exclusively for gamers and everyday home use. Its assortment always contains excellent solution for the corporate sector, where preference is given to a reliable model with a reasonable price tag. And such motherboard will be discussed in this material.

According to labeling GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H is based on quite a rare guest in our test lab Chipset Intel Q87. Its basic features and key advantages are described in review Fujitsu D3222-B. Don’t forget that one of its main advantages is to support a large number of proprietary technologies. For example, Intel vPro. This is a built-in security system, designed to increase the level of security. It is aimed at achieving the following key objectives:

  • responding to emerging threats, including protection against rootkits, viruses and other malicious software;
  • protection of personal data and access points of the site;
  • protection of confidential user and corporate data;
  • remote and local monitoring, recovery and repair of PCs and workstations.

More detailed information abouy Intel vPro can be found at Intel, and we’’ move on to the review of new item.

 

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

 

Traditionally let’s start consider its detailed specifications.

Producer

GIGABYTE

Model

GA-Q87M-D2H (rev 1.1)

Chipset

Intel Q87

SPU socket

Socket LGA1150

Supported CPUs

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

Memory frequency

1333 / 1600 MHz

Memory support

4 x DDR3 DIMM- slot with memory support up to 32 GB

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (CPU)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (PCH)

х16

х16+х4

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1

1 x PCI

Disk subsystem

Intel Q87 chipset supports:

6 x SATA 6 Gb/s

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI217LM (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC887

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power

24-pin ATX main power connector

4-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

1 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on chipset

Extenral I/O

1 x HDMI

1 x DisplayPort

1 x D-Sub

1 x DVI-D
2 х PS/2 (for mouse or keyboard)

1 x LAN (RJ45)

4 x USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0

6 x audio jacks

1 х optical S/PDIF Out

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

2 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS

2 х socket COM

1 x socket LPT

1 х S/PDIF Out

1 х socket for diagnostic equipment connection

BIOS

AMI EFI BIOS

64 Мb

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, WfM 2.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver and utility disc

2 x SATA cables

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

microATX

244 х 244 mm

Producer website

GIGABYTE
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

Package and content

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

The box of motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H is made of thick cardboard, decorated with dark colors. Most of the front side takes the model name and logo of branded concept Ultra Durable 4 Plus, which includes the following features:

  • Cool - power circuits use high field-effect transistors with low heat and long lasting solid capacitors.
  • Performance - the novelty has the support of four video outputs, including HDMI to output image resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K Ultra HD), and Gigabit Ethernet controller from Intel.
  • Safe - this model has an additional protection of USB ports and LAN from electrostatic discharges. Each LAN and USB-port works in conjunction with a special protective filter that is able to withstand severe electrostatic discharge, which protects the system from power surges, even during a thunderstorm. Also here is the presence of protective circuits, safeguard internal components against overvoltage and an improved laying fiberglass on the PCB, that allows to reduce the negative impact of moisture.

Do note the support package Intel Small Business Advantage and the previously mentioned technology Intel vPro.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

On the back you can find a schematic representation of the motherboard and its interface panel, and the description of the above-mentioned key advantages.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

 

In addition to the disk with the software and interface board plug the box of the test model contains two SATA cables, which is quite expected for low-cost solutions.

Design and features

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

New product is made on dark brown microATX PCB (244 x 244 mm). It looks quite strictly due to the predominance of dark colors in the design of components and the absence of eye-catching design.

On-board elements layout is at high level. Despite the perpendicular arrangement of SATA ports, expansion cards will not discomfort access to them, because they are closer to the bottom right edge of the PCB. The only inconvenience that you may have is a close proximity of connector PCI Express 3.0 x16 with slots DIMM that are equipped with latches on both sides. Therefore, to remove a memory module you should previously disable the graphics card.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

The back side of GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H has not only the usual base plate of the socket, but also the fact that the only radiator is secured with plastic clips.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

At the bottom of the board there are the following connectors: front panel audio leading-in socket, S/PDIF Out, two ports COM, one LPT and socket for diagnostic equipment connection. Do note two modules for activation of ports USB 2.0 and one for USB 3.0. Total number of USB 2.0 sockets is eight: four are internal and four on the interface panel. As for USB 3.0, they are four: two internal and two on interface panel. All of them operate due to chip Intel Q87.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

The organization of disk subsystem is presented by six SATA 6 Gb/s ports which are perpendicularly arranged over the board. There is a support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10. The operation of six sockets is realized due to the chipset.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

The tested model is equipped by four DIMM-slots for memory modules of DDR3 standard operating in dual-channel mode. Modules operating at frequencies up to 1600 MHz in the nominal mode are supported. Maximum memory capacity can reach 32 GB, which is sufficient for almost all tasks.

Also do note connector for connecting the front panel on the right side of the PCB (with color highlighting to simplify the process of connecting the corresponding wires).

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Cooling system of the product includes one radiator that provides heat removal from chipset Intel Q87. In the process of testing the following temperature indices were fixed:

  • radiator for chipset cooling – 45.1°C;
  • chokes temperature  –  85°C;
  • field-effect temperature  – 85.8°C.

Since this motherboard is not positioned as a gaming or overclocking solution, the absence of radiators on the power subsystem elements is not a critical disadvantage. Also recorded temperature readings are within an acceptable range.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Processor power supply is performed via 3-phase scheme for computational cores and additional joints. The transformer is based on PWM controller ISL9582. The circuitry is made by high quality components such as: solid capacitors, MOS transistors with low resistance of open channel and chokes with ferrite cores. Basic 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are use for power feeding.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

To extend the functionality of GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H user has four slots:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x16 (х16 mode);
  2. PCI Express 2.0 x1;
  3. PCI;
  4. PCI Express 2.0 x16 (х4 mode);

Since the fact that only one PCI Express x16 slot is connected to the processor, it has all 16 lines of the standard PCI Express 3.0, while the bandwidth of the second is limited by the maximum of 4 chipset lines PCI Express 2.0. Thanks to support for technology AMD CrossFireX, you can install two graphics cards in mode x16+x 4, but such a scheme is not optimal for realizing the potential of a pair of bundles of graphics accelerators.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

If you decided to take advantage of the integrated graphics core, then you have four video outputs: DVI-D, D-Sub, DisplayPort and HDMI. The switching between them is realized by two chips PTN3360DBS and ASMedia ASM1442.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Since chipset Intel Q87 doesn’t support bus PCI, the functioning of the connector is implemented using PCIe-PCI bridge based on the controller ITE IT8892E.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Multi I/O capabilities are based on ITE IT8728F chip which controls the operation of the system fans, COM, LPT and PS/2 ports, as well as provides the monitors.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

To support network connections there is a GB LAN-controller Intel WGI217LM.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Sound subsystem of model is based on the 8-channel codec Realtek ALC887 which supports 2/4/5.1/7.1 audio systems.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

A distinctive feature of the hero of this review is the presence of soldered on the PCB module of cryptographic protection based on the chip SLB9635TT12 produced by Infineon Technologies.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

Interface panel of the model contains the following ports:

  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 2 x USB 3.0;
  • 4 x USB 2.0;
  • 1 x HDMI;
  • 1 x DisplayPort;
  • 1 x DVI-D;
  • 1 x D-Sub;
  • 2 x PS / 2 connector for mouse and keyboard;
  • 1 x Optical S / PDIF Out;
  • 6 x audio ports.

This configuration of interface panel can be described as excellent as it offers six ports USB, four video outputs, easy connection of multi-channel acoustic and optical audio output. A special mention is given to the possibility of arrangement of two COM ports and one LPT on the interface PC board using the corresponding connectors on the PCB.

GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H

The means of organizing the cooling system inside the case of GIGABYTE GA-Q87M-D2H are quite standard. There are two 4-pin fan connectors, one of which is used for CPU cooling system, while the other is designed for system fans.  


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