Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97 MPOWER

Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H

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MSI Z97 MPOWER

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Pangoly Score - 93
Brand Gigabyte MSI
Model GA-H170M-D3H Z97 MPOWER
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 60 Watts 70 Watts
Price history - -
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Pros -
  • Build quality
  • Great performance
  • Easy overclocking
  • Very good onboard audio
Cons -
  • No SATA Express
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 ALC1150
Audio Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel GbE LAN chip Intel I218
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 8
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...."

"The question with the Z97 MPower is a similar one to the issues we had between the Maximus VII Ranger and Hero. The Hero was more expensive but did offer an illuminated chipset and audio section and some uprated components. However, the latter..."

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Compare Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H vs MSI Z97 MPOWER. 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 MPOWER:

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