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Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H review

All the features you need for a fully fledged HTPC system built on a compact motherboard

Our Verdict

For

  • Dual graphic slots
  • Power design
  • Dolby Home Theatre support

Against

  • No real OC on the CPU

The H67 chipset may not have the overclocking capability of its performance sibling, the P67, but with its full support for the integrated graphics of Sandy Bridge processors it makes an ideal base to build a powerful home theatre PC.

This hasn't gone unnoticed by mobo manufacturers as most, if not all, have H67-based microATX form factor board ranges; the format most used in HTPCs. There once was a time when the microATX format was seen as the poor relation to full-sized ATX boards, but one one look at the feature-rich Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H tells you that those days are long gone.

With its full HD and Blu-ray movie playback support, thanks to an integrated HMDI 1.4 video output, and support for Dolby Home Theater sound, the H67MA-UD2H is an ideal candidate for that powerful media PC.

On the performance side of things the H67MA-UD2H is stifled somewhat by the lack of overclocking support on the CPU side, and the chipset only supports DDR3 memory up to 1,333MHz. But then again no one would buy a H67-based board for performance; it's all about the multimedia support the boards bring thanks to the chipset.

The integrated HD3000 graphics only support DirectX 10.1 and although you can adjust the amount of memory the graphics use (64MB, 128MB or 256MB) the performance still lags behind what even a pretty basic discrete card can offer.

Talking of which, somehow Gigabyte has found the space for not one x16 PCI-e slot on the H67MA-UD2H but two so you could indulge in a spot of CrossFireX action. Unfortunately, the board doesn't support SLI.

That said in dual-GPU mode you're still limited to one slot running with eight lanes and the other with four.

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Somewhat surprisingly, while the rest of the board is pretty well laid-out, the SATA ports are positioned in an odd place. They are vertically mounted, quite a way inboard, and there's a danger that a large, dual-slot graphics card will block access to the ports. In particular, it could block the two SATA 6Gbps ports.

The video output options on the rear I/O plate back up its credentials as a good base for a HTPC. You get DVI, 15-pin D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort ports.

Although the H67 chipset doesn't support that much overclocking on the CPU side of things it was still possible to tweak 2600K used in testing by using the multiplier alone. Though the BIOS in the H67MA UD2H had multiplier adjustments up to 3.8GHz (38x), our review motherboard was only really happy at just 3.5GHz.

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Overall, it's good to see Gigabyte paying as much attention to the small-form factor focused H67MAUD2H as it does on its full sized ATX motherboards. This is a well-featured board then, perfect for the HTPC if not the performance crowd.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelH67 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Celeron Dual-Core, Pentium Dual-core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports5
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports5
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width244 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-H67MA-UD2H
Product NameUltra Durable 3 GA-H67MA-UD2H Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 3
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-H67MA-UD2H
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design features twice the copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, dramatically lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as the CPU power zone) throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2x Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 GA-H67MA-UD2H Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield