Today at Gizcomputer we want to talk about the Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H, one of the most interesting boards that we can find to mount a small equipment without giving up almost any of the characteristics of much more expensive ATX boards.
Design and construction of the Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H.
This motherboard comes in Micro ATX format and differs from other similar proposals by some unusual features for this size and price range such as the presence of 4 RAM memory slots and the presence of a small heatsink for part of the circuitry of feeding.
And if we look at the circuitry and quality of the Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H in general we find a VRM of 5 phases for the processor and 1 for the memory, finding solid chokes (it is not specific if they are ferrite or not) , Japanese capacitors and a socket with 15 micron gold pins, all of them framed within what the manufacturer calls Ultra Durable, its quality mark and that ensures a good durability of the components.
Other interesting features of this board go through integrating 3 x 4-pin connectors for fans (a number that is not usually seen on boards of this format, in addition to the basic one for the CPU heatsink) and a dual BIOS system, in case the first one gets corrupted by any hardware or software problem.
Processor and RAM support.
The Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H features the B150 chipset, and it is found within Intel’s business-focused chipsets, with support for PCIe, SATA and USB midway between the H110 and H170. So that you can compare we leave you a couple of pictures with the chipsets for consumers and those focused on businesses, which have characteristics such as “Intel Small Business Advantage”.
For the rest, we have support for any processor Skylake under socket 1151 and for RAM 2133 MHz DDR4 dual channel.
Gigabyte B150M-D3H connectivity, audio and expansion.
Thanks to the B150, we have 6 SATA ports (2 more than in the H110), but what is more interesting is that Gigabyte has taken advantage of the chipset’s PCIe lines to place both a port SATA Express as a M.2 port supporting PCIE NVMe 3.0 at x4 speed with a bandwidth of 32Gb / s, so we can install a very fast and complete storage system at the same time.
The sound system has isolated PCB and high quality Japanese capacitors, which ensures good sound, within the limitations of the Realtek ALC892, which offers up to 7.1 channels of sound with 95dB SNR, 24-bit and 192 kHz.
For the rest we have a good USB support, with up to 6 ports available for chassis (2 of them 3.0) and another 6 on the rear panel (4 of them 3.0), but what stands out from other Micro-ATX boards is the possibility to install two AMD graphics in crosffire, but taking into account that the second one will work at 4x 3.0, which should not create a bottleneck to almost any graphics, being equivalent to a Gen 2 8x port.
Here is a table with all the technical details:
|Compatible processors and format|
|Format||Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 22.5cm|
|Model||Intel B150 Express Chipset|
|RAM memory support|
|Memory type / maximum frequency (official)||
|Supported operating systems||
Conclusions, availability and price of the Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H.
The Gigabyte B150M-D3H is a board that for less than 100 euros offers us almost the same as any higher-end ATX board, and it does so without neglecting the quality of manufacture or a very nice design. We have a good storage system with M.2 under PCIe, the possibility of installing two graphics and a sound of quite quality, so unless we want to squeeze a K (unlocked) processor based on overclocking, it seems to us one of the most interesting plates on the market. A recommended purchase, unless you want to create a very high-level gaming team, in which case we recommend reading our article on the MSI Z270 Gaming M7.
- Good construction and circuitry.
- 4 RAM slots on Micro ATX.
- Drive bracket M.2 under PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x4.
- Support for SATA Express.
- Audio with separate anti-interference PCB and Japanese capacitors.
- Quality / price ratio.
- Suitable for Skylake.
- More SATA ports than H110 boards.
- possibility of Crossfire.
- 3 x 4-pin chassis fan connectors.
- With support for SLI it would have been perfect.
- SATA connectors face up.
- A DisplayPort output would have been more interesting than a VGA one.