Gigabyte Z170-D3H Motherboard Overview
Gigabyte Z170-D3H Motherboard Review. We’re going to take a look at the Z170-D3H Motherboard from Gigabyte. Inside the box we have the motherboard itself, the IO shield, instruction manual, driver CD and warranty information, as well as some stickers that I’ll totally be putting on my case.. Said no one ever. Now let’s take a closer look at this ATX motherboard starting with the rear IO. First we have a PS/2 connector for mouse or keyboard, as well as two USB 2.0 or 1.1 ports.
Next are the inbuilt graphics outputs which include a D-Sub and DVI-D connector which can output a resolution of 1920×1200 at 60Hz. Next there’s a HDMI 1.4 port that supports 4096×2160@24Hz Following on from that we have a USB 3.0 Type-C port, 4 USB 3.0 Type-A ports, gigabit ethernet, and finally 6 audio jacks for center speaker/subwoofer out/rear speaker out/side speaker out/line in/line out and mic in.
Now let’s checkout the rest of the board. Along the top there’s a system fan header, an 8 pin ATX 12V power connector, the CPU fan header, and optional CPU water cooling fan header. Along the right hand side we’ve got our SATA Express and SATA3 6Gb/s connectors, followed by two USB 3.0/2.0 headers that can each provide two USB ports. After this there’s the 24-pin ATX power connector, and a second system fan header.
Along the bottom there’s the front panel audio header, S/PDIF out header, serial port header, a connector for an add in thunderbolt card, a TPM header, two USB 2.0/1.1 headers, the third system fan header, and finally the front panel headers and CMOS clear jumper. Now let’s check out the available slots.
We have a PCIE x1 slot, a PCIE x16 which should be used for the primary graphics card, a PCI slot, a second PCIE x1, a second PCIE x16 slot running at x4 which should be used for the second graphics card, this board does have support for Crossfire. FInally there’s two more PCI slots. There’s also an M.2 socket 3 connector, and four slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 memory at 2133MHz. The CPU socket is Intel’s LGA 1511 and supports Intel’s 6th generation Skylake processors. There’s not much sticking up to get in the way of airflow over the board, just some small heatsinks on the z170 chipset and VRM.
Installation is as simple as putting the IO shield into the case, and then screwing the motherboard into the standoffs in the case and then connecting everything up. Once I turned the system on for the first time, I noticed that there was some orange lighting on the board. I didn’t know it was there when I bought it, so it would be nice if you had the option to change it to match the rest of your build. Alternatively it can be disabled in the UEFI options, which we’ll cover next.
To get into the UEFI simply press the delete key during boot. From the first menu we can view basic system status, such as CPU, temperature and memory information. We can see the BIOS version and enable or disable additional features, view peripherals and chipset settings, and modify power settings, pretty straightforward. I was also interested in seeing how the board supports Linux, so I booted a Fedora live CD just to see how things like network connectivity, audio, USB and the inbuilt graphics went.
All of these worked fine for me with no problems. So what did you guys think of the Z170-D3H motherboard from Gigabyte? I didn’t have any issues when building a system using this board and it’s got some nice features like the USB Type-C port. The UEFI options are pretty simple and straightforward, and everything seemed to just work in Linux, what more could you want?