Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs ASUS Z97-A

Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H

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ASUS Z97-A

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Pangoly Score - 89
Brand Gigabyte ASUS
Model GA-H170M-D3H Z97-A
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 60 Watts 70 Watts
Price history - -
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Pros -
  • Clean layout
  • Solid performance
  • Intel LAN controller
Cons -
  • Poor onboard audio
Series -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor Micro ATX ATX
Chipset Intel H170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz
DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel GbE LAN chip Intel I218V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support No No
CrossFire Support Yes No
RAID Support Yes Yes
Onboard USB 3.0 Yes Yes
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 2 4
SATA Express Ports 2 0
M.2 Ports 1 1
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB 32GB
Critic Reviews

"Mini-ITX boards are the smallest (170mm x 170mm), but often have to make some sacrifices, such as only a single PCIe x16 port. micro-ATX (mATX) boards are significantly bigger (244mm x 244mm), and can often be found for very affordable prices...."

"As always when we're looking at a new range of hardware there is a awkward early period where the amount of available comparisons is extremely limited. Reviewing things in a vacuum is difficult for both us as your favourite hardware review site, and... "

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Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs ASUS Z97-A. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H:

  • Around 14% lower thermal design power.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +2 Ports SATA Express.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the ASUS Z97-A:

  • Supports the following RAM types not supported by counterpart: DDR3 1800MHz, 2000MHz, 2133MHz, 2200MHz, 2400MHz, 2500MHz, 2600MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz, 2933MHz, 3000MHz, 3100MHz, 3200MHz
  • +2 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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