Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO

Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H

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MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO

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Pangoly Score - 83
Brand Gigabyte MSI
Model GA-H170M-D3H Z97 GUARD-PRO
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 60 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Good overclocking for a low cost motherboard
  • M.2 Support
Cons -
  • No HDMI output
  • Mediocre onboard audio
  • Realtek NIC
Series -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor Micro ATX ATX
Chipset Intel H170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC892 Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel GbE LAN chip Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support No No
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 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...."

"When the Intel Z97 Chipset made its debut earlier this year, most of the attention was in favour of the mid ranged to high-end motherboards. The lower end entry boards tend to miss out and are often overlooked. Today we'll be looking at a board with a..."

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Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO. 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.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO:

  • Supports the following RAM types not supported by counterpart: DDR3 1066MHz, 2000MHz, 2133MHz, 2200MHz, 2400MHz, 2600MHz, 2800MHz, 3000MHz, 3100MHz, 3200MHz, 3300MHz
  • +4 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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