Gigabyte H67A-UD3H ATX Motherboard
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-02-2011
Provided by: Gigabyte
Usage / Conclusion

Normally I would take the time to benchmark a new performance board complete with overclocking results, but since this is an H67 board and there is no CPU overclocking to be done short of Turbo Boost, I opted against it. The board is going to perform as well as the CPU you install - it's as simple as that.

What differentiates boards from each other in my opinion are the feature sets and price points. The Gigabyte H67A is a solid board for its target audience - someone looking for a full-size H67 board. A person in this category likely isn't a gamer, meaning they want to utilize the on-chip Intel HD graphics found in Sandy Bridge processors. But they also want a full feature board with plenty of expansion ports for things like aftermarket sound cards, RAID cards or PCI-e solid state drives. Just because someone isn't a gamer doesn't always mean they want a small Micro ATX board.

Getting back to this specific board, Gigabyte has done a nice job with the power phases on this board. It's not over-the-top and it doesn't need to be because you can't overclock the processor, but it's plenty to get the job done. Solid capacitors are used across the board for added longevity.

There are also plenty of expansion slots: two PCI-e x1 and two PCI-e x16 (one labeled as x4) as well as three legacy PCI. There are also a wealth of USB 2.0 headers on the board and the color-coded front panel headers are nice. There are four fan headers on the board which should be plenty for the average user. Two SATA 6Gb/s ports are available for use as are three SATA 3Gb/s ports.

Around back there are adequate video out options (VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort) as well as audio options (optical out and six audio jacks). Two USB 3.0 ports as well as a FireWire jack and eSATA port ensure a wide variety of connectivity options to external storage devices.

There are a few things that I wasn't crazy about with this board, however. The first is the passive heatsinks around the CPU socket. They are only held in place with two small push pins at each end of the sink and since the two aren't connected by a heatpipe, they aren't very sturdy. You can easily rock the heatsink back and forth which could make some users feel a little uneasy. Once the board in installed in your system, however, it really won't be an issue.

I also wish that Gigabyte had positioned the SATA connectors near the edge of the board for better cable management. Depending on which case you are using, 90-degree connectors can really help to clean up the look of a system.

I do wish there was an on-board USB 3.0 header to use with front panel USB 3.0 ports found on some newer cases.

None of these things are real deal-breakers but just some feedback that I wanted to share from my time with the board.

As of writing, the Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H is one of three full size ATX H67 boards available at Newegg. It sells for $129.99 which is the highest price of three (Foxconn has one for $119 and MSI has one for $84). awards the Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H our Silver Seal of Approval!

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