Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97-G45 GAMING

Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H

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Pangoly Score - 88
Brand Gigabyte MSI
Model GA-H170M-D3H Z97-G45 GAMING
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 60 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Good performance
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Killer NIC
Cons -
  • Supports mSATA but not M.2
Series MSI Gaming
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor Micro ATX ATX
Chipset Intel H170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz
DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2600Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel GbE LAN chip Killer E2205
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support No Yes
CrossFire Support Yes Yes
RAID Support Yes Yes
Onboard USB 3.0 Yes Yes
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 2 6
SATA Express Ports 2 0
M.2 Ports 1 0
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...."

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Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97-G45 GAMING. 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.
  • +2 Ports SATA Express.
  • +1 Ports M.2.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the MSI Z97-G45 GAMING:

  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports the following RAM types not supported by counterpart: DDR3 2133MHz, 2200MHz, 2600MHz, 2800MHz, 3000MHz
  • +4 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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