Socket / CPU
Silver / Black
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
SATA 6 Gb/s
Depends on CPU
USB 2.0 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Headers
- 16 points
- 18 months ago
from completed build Average Joe First Build | i3-8100 + GTX 980
Simple motherboard. Although some may think it looks plain, I personally like the look of it. BIOS is easy to use and haven't had any issues with it. Only problem is that I wish it had more case fan ports.
- 12 points
- 11 months ago
from completed build 1080p 60fps Value Gaming PC
The motherboard prices all the functionality needed for this build, plus paths for future upgrades.
The RGB port was an unplanned useful feature that enabled management of the RGB fans and CPU cooler.
It shipped with firmware version F6, which did have to upgraded to F14 first. Slightly annoying, so taking 1 star off for that.
- 11 points
- 22 months ago
from completed build A Little Old, And A Little New
Easy to work with and well laid out board design it gets 4/5 only because of the smaller then MATX board size.
- 11 points
- 21 months ago
from completed build Itsy Bitsy Powerhouse
Works like a charm. I'm not an overclocker, so something simple was all I really needed. Went a step up from the H110 I had previously and I am glad for it. Easy bios, not much fuss about anything during the whole installation process. Very compact though, so if you aren't great in a tight space you might want something bigger to work with.
- 10 points
- 14 months ago
from completed build Mid-range Gaming / Work PC Under 1K
Note that plugging a GPU in disables the on-board VGA adapter.
- 7 points
- 23 months ago
from completed build Black and White
It was a budget motheroard but hasn't given me many issues. It has an orange accent Led which is easy o turn off. It has a decent amount of fan headers. The bios is easy to use and the auto fan curves are good.
- 7 points
- 15 months ago
from completed build My Monochrome build!
What can I say? It works, and is cheap.
- 6 points
- 6 months ago
from completed build Budget Gaming PC
I ordered this mistakenly thinking it had two M.2 connections, but in any case the stock BIOS only supports NVMe via AHCI so you can't use two M.2 SSDs in an Intel RST RAID configuration even if you opted for a PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 adapter card in the third slot.
If you're planning on supporting lots of external peripherals via USB 3, consider that this board does not offer 10Gbps USB 3.1 or USB-C. Also, it places the PCIe x1 in the second slot, rendering it useless with a two-slot GPU which additionally forces you to waste the PCIe x4 slot on a x1 device like the TL-WN781ND below. It does however put the IDC 10-pin header conveniently close to the fourth slot so that even just a 3" ribbon cable can reach a bracketed DB9 RS232 COM port for serial cable.
Nota bene, this board does not come with TPM but requires the 13-pin https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GC-TPM20_S (not the https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GC-TPM20 for older models with a 19-pin header). But chips like the i3-8100 have a logical TPM device embedded within Intel Management Engine that can be enabled for BitLocker support via the (regularly updated) stock BIOS ROM.
All that said, it absolutely fit the bill for a budget desktop workstation, home theater PC or entry-level gaming rig. And if you're building a somewhat hardened system, having the option to add a discreet TPM along with DualBIOS makes it relatively safe and easy to secure the ROM from Intel ME exploits without losing any measured boot or cryptographic processing functionality while running little risk of bricking the board even if you have to flash the SPI with a SOIC clip for me_cleaner.
So while it's of no use to overclockers, it offers a vastly superior upgrade path to OEM offerings and plenty of configuration features that either don't exist or are considerably harder to find in anything off the shelf. I would definitely recommend it to fellow hobbyists and tinkerers who are looking for a reasonably modern, functional, inexpensive, straightforward and reliable base to build on.
- 5 points
- 24 months ago
from completed build The Fourth Dimension
Installing Windows was a pain. Custom support is pretty slow. But hey its a cheap board and you get what you pay for. Also my GTX 1050Ti covered the PCIe slot so if you plan on using all 3 slots then you might want a bigger board
edit: also, I like the black color scheme
- 5 points
- 17 months ago
from completed build More-than-Sufficient First Build
Overall good looking motherboard, impressive max RAM for just $70, DDR4 RAM, 4 USB 3.0s. It's a wonderful motherboard and I am very happy with this purchase. The only cons are that when I purchased my Corsair H60 CPU cooler, the back plate did not fit onto the motherboard so I had to return it and get a new one. The ports also were a pretty tight fit and needed some effort to fit in. However, I can't complain for $70 and all the other features. Overall recommended for a simple motherboard.
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