Originally Posted by k0k0
Hi all, is the GA-H97M-HD3 a good choice in order to oc the G3258? I need 6xSATA3 in a matx board and this motherboard is perfect for this.
I searched for, 1150 socket, m-atx, 4 mem-slots, 32gb mem or more, eufi, dual, 6x sata, hdmi, below 100 euro's which gave the three options below:
98 euro's --> Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H ( 4 memslots, 32GB, Realtek ALC892, 2x pci, AMD Crossfire )
93 euro's --> Gigabyte GA-Z97M-DS3H ( 4 memslots, 32GB, Realtek ALC887, 1x pci, - )
78 euro's --> Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H ( 4 memslots, 32GB, Realtek ALC892, 2x pci, AMD Crossfire )74 euro's -->Gigabyte GA-H97M-HD3 ( 2 memslots, 16GB, Realtek ALC887, 1x pci, - )
I think the D3H could be the most optimal pick if it has the biosversion (i have read on tomshardware it is the F3 version or higher) that can overclock, ask the seller about that. It grants the option for expanding your memory to 32gb and the crossfire possibility is always nice if you ever come across 2 cheap amd gpu's, the price is only 4 euro's higher then your model. Imho the difference between alc 892 and 887 chips is minimal so do not focus on that. I favor 4 memslots and minimal 32GB always, because if you ever need to use programs that make use of a swap-file or drive, that extra 16GB really makes a difference in performance i have noticed.