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Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3

The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 4 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetH270help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM4 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels4help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
help iconRAID Supportno
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfaceNot sure

Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 compatibility review

The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 4 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of Not sure, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 's Not sure. The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 supports up to 2 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 has 4 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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