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Gigabyte H110-D3A Review – The New Best Motherboard for Mining?

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Some days ago I got my hands on the Gigabyte H110-D3A motherboard. I never reviewed a Gigabyte Mobo before since I always worked with AsRock and Biostar gear. However, I thought it is about time to give Gigabyte some love too, since their new motherboard seems rather promising.

First Impressions

The GA-H110-D3A is the latest MoBo issued by Gigabyte. It is meant to work with the newest Intel CPU’s and it supports DDR4 RAM and the newest M.2 Storage, which is five times faster than SATA 3.

The motherboard came well-packaged in a box, with all the instructions and needed cables inside. The packaging quality reminded me of that of a high-end GPU, which was quite nice. The motherboard isn’t either heavy or lightweight, but it does feel solid.

I am testing it with the components I have right now, and I will be making a fully-functional mining rig of it soon – it takes some time for the new GPUs/CPU/PSU to arrive at my place.

As for today, the mobo keeps working as expected without any kind of issues.

Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A Specs

  • CPU: Supports Gen 6 and Gen 7 Inter®CoreTM
  • Processor Socket: LGA 1151
  • Chipset: Inter®H110
  • Graphics card slot: 1*PCI-E 3.0*16
  • Video Output: VGA
  • Memory: Dual Channel DDR4
  • Memory DIMM: 2* DDR4
  • Expansion: 5* PCI-E 2.0*1
  • SATA/M.2: 4*SATA 3.0, 1*M.2 SSD
  • USB: 4*USB 3.1 + 6*USB 2.0
  • Audio/LAN: 7.1 Channel Audio / Gbe LAN
  • Dimension (mm): ATX (305×190)

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Gigabyte H110-D3A Review

Can It Be Used for Mining?

While the motherboard was designed for general purposes, I thought that it could perfectly fit a mining rig too for several reasons:

  • It supports up to 6 GPUs by having 1 PCI-E x16 slot and 5 PCI-E x1 slots;
  • It features enhanced protection thanks to glass fabric PCB. PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board, which is the part of the motherboard that connects all the core components. It is usually very susceptible to moisture, temperature and other physical effects, therefore some extra protection is always welcome. It is also worth considering that usually mining rigs have open cases, thus a better protected MoBo is, again, more than welcome.
  • Besides glass fabric anti-moisture cover, the motherboard features electrostatic, power failure and high temperature protection. While all modern motherboards come with some sort of damage-preventing mechanisms, it looks like Gigabyte took this topic rather seriously and provided this motherboard with high-end safety mechanisms.

There are more things that make me believe that the GA-H110-D3A is a decent motherboard for mining. Let me explain some things with a bit more detail:

Lower EMI

It is a well-known fact that GPU hashrate depends on many factors. Therefore, some people refer to hashrate as a sort of lottery. While this is true, there are ways to reduce the risks of GPU hashrate drops by lowering EMI (electromagnetic interferences). Here is where the GA-H110-D3A looks promising as well.

The motherboard features twice as thicker PCB tracker paths, which allows it to handle more power loads and emanate less EMI radiation. While this is achieved by spending twice more copper per motherboard, the results might be worth the money.

High-End Capacitors

A faulty capacitor can ruin the whole show. One dead or leaking capacitor might do a lot of harm to your mining rig; it might cause hashrate loses, interferences, power drops and even complete failure of one of the motherboard components. The worst part – it might take a while for you to find out that one of the motherboard capacitors failed.

I think you will agree that it is crucial to choose a motherboard with good capacitors. This is where the brand of the capacitors is more important that the one of the motherboard itself. The Gigabyte GA-H110-D3A features Black solid capacitors made in Japan. I congratulate Gigabyte for this decision – I had my share of trouble caused by cheap capacitors, and I really appreciate to have a mobo that should be virtually immune to this kind of issues.

Efficient Heatsink Design

It is no rocket science that GPU rigs produce lot of heat. It is advisable that you use USB risers to keep the GPUs a bit farther from the motherboard; even then, having the MoBo work 24/7 months non-stop puts a great pressure on its components. It looks like Gigabyte thought of that and provided the GA-H110-D3A with enhanced cooling system. Heatsinks are placed on such a way that they dissipate heat from the hottest parts, plus they are bigger than the ones you will find on most other motherboards.

Heat-Resistant Mosfets

Mosfets are one of the components that generate the most heat on a motherboard; Gigabyte used lower RDS(on) mosfets which are less susceptible to heat, which means that they are usually very durable and will less likely fail during summer, when the heat emanated by GPUs is combined with the elevated ambient temperature.

Does this sound too good to be true?

In other words, why do I take the time to explain all of this? You see, every motherboard comes with a lot of bold claims written on the box. Stuff like “premium quality components” and “high-end power chips” can be found on any MoBo box. What I realized is that most of those claims are true. The issue is – marketers try to make even the tiniest pro sound as if it was a groundbreaking unique feature; which is not always the case.

That’s why I took the time to research a bit more about the features of the GA-H110-D3A. I have ignored the lesser and most common traits, while focusing on what I believe are the ones you can’t find in most other mobos.

Non-Mining Usage

Lately, Biostar and AsRock released some motherboards that are meant for mining alone. Of course, those mobos can still be used for, say, a gaming rig, but they virtually have no features that would make them attractive for that purpose. However, the GA-H110-D3A offers several traits that make it a great choice both for miners and for gamers. It supports new-gen GPU’s; it features the M.2 Storage system which is 5 times faster than SATA 3, as mentioned above. Plus, you can also count on enhanced audio and GbE LAN with cFosSpeed systems that allow you to enjoy more priority and thus less lag in networks.

All of this means that even if you decide to quit GPU mining, you can still re-sell the motherboard to gamers and get part of your money back. I am sure that this motherboard will remain in the top category for several years on.

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In Conclusion

As for now, I am happy with my new acquisition. Motherboards are the kind of hardware that you have to trust. They are the backbone of any mining rig, so it better be a strong and sturdy one.

I really hope to keep mining with my GA-H110-D3A-based rig. As I mentioned earlier, soon I will be able to mount a fully functional mining rig on the mobo, so stay tuned, because there is no way I’m not documenting that!

Thank you for reading. As always, your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.

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  • Rizza Roberto

    I’m using 4 Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 EU LGA 1151 4x DDR4 Max 64 and are reaaly good without any problem. I want to try to add the m2 to pciE to add one more gpu. Did you try it?

  • Makubekz

    Can you try x1 to x3 pcie extender for this mobo so it can run a total of 8gpu.

  • pattanan chinanuvatana

    i have sold all my biostar mb to replace them with this.

    As of now, 30 rigs all running with this mobo, have no issue what so ever.

    • Deck Dylans

      Can I know what is your setup? Do you have any idea why some graphic cards cannot be detected on my PCI-e riser while some can? I am using GTX 1070.

  • vx0713

    Hey guys! I have this mobo up and running with 3GPUs. However I forgot to enable “Above 4G decoding” and now if I enable this option, Windows 10 won’t boot up anymore, I’m getting a black screen and that’s all. So what’s the deal with this option? Do I need to reinstall Win10 with this option enabled?

    • Deck Dylans

      Do you have a solution yet? I forgot about it too, and now my system will only detect 2 out of my 3 GPUs without it. I tired to reinstall Windows 10, via thumbdrive, with the “Above 4G decoding enabled”, but I still get a black screen too.

      • vx0713

        Also some other suggestions:
        – try booting under UEFI mode
        – enable PCI-e gen1 (might help with detecting more GPUs)
        -increase the latency of the pcie lanes (not sure where to do this)
        – try installing Win10 with “4g decode” enabled without any GPUs (use the integrated one if your CPU supports it)
        – try adding GPU’s one by one

        Let me know how it goes. I don;t have time to experiment yet

        • Deck Dylans

          I tried all the following, spent 10 hours on it, didn’t work. Funny thing now is that only 1 of my graphics card is detected where ever I plug it into. My remaining 2 can only be detected if i plug it into the pcie x16 on the motherboard. I even tried disabling some stuff I didn’t need like SATA ports too. I thought maybe the GPU’s bios may have some weird settings in the 2 that doesn’t allow it to be detected so I cloned the working one into one of the not working one, still didn’t work.

          • vx0713

            Are you sure, your risers are OK?

          • Deck Dylans

            Yes, my risers are ok, if it worked for at least one graphics card, it should be fine.

          • vx0713

            ok, here’s some new info I’ve found:

            “Essentially the 4g decoding enabled in BIOS refers to all
            drives, aka HDDs as well. Make sure your boot drive isn’t MBR but
            formatted in GPT (UEIF). This will be more prevalent in older machines
            No more black screen and quick boot up after changing to GPT.”

          • vx0713

            Somebody had luck with the above recommendation, so I suggest you try it too:

            “Thank you so much man! I finally solved it!

            What I did was:

            1. Flashed my bios with the latest rom
            2. changed bios settings (enable UEFI mode)
            3. run a new windows setup (cleaned and converted ssd to gpt before the installation)
            4. installed latest amd drivers (patch wasn’t needed!)
            5. went back to the bios settings and enabled 4G decoding and done!”

          • Deck Dylans

            I will try flashing with the latest bios, will update the results here when I am done.

          • Deck Dylans

            Just tried out things with f22 and f23a(latest). Still Didn’t work. Now still looking around for solutions. Should I try ubuntu? Do they have the drivers for GTX 1070? From the comments I look around, AMD has no issue but there hasn’t been much comments on GTX 1060 and 1070.

          • vx0713

            I finally decided to install my other 2 GPUs on this board (for a total of 5). Here’s what I did:
            1) updated BIOS to the latest version (f23a)
            2) Enabled UEFI for storages, and Disabled Mining mode and 4G Decoding (at this point I had 3 GPUs connected to the board which were working fine before, even without “Above 4G decoding” enabled and on factory BIOS version. (2 on risers, 1 in the PCIE 16x slot)
            3) Installed WIn10 Pro on a GPT formatted HDD (MBR was giving me black screen when I tried enabling Above 4G decode later on)
            4) installed all motherboard drivers and nVidia drivers
            5) restarted system to enable “ABove 4G decode)
            6) installed 2 more GPUs
            7) everything is working fine

            Since you are having problems even with 3 GPUs, maybe you should send it back and try and RMA your Motherboard

          • Deck Dylans

            Ok, thanks. That resolved my black screen issue.

          • vx0713

            glad to hear. let us know when (and especially HOW) you managed to get all your GPUs up and running

          • Have you also tried to update BIOS first then enable mining mode, uefi mode, 4g decoding enabled and pcie gen 2. install windows in uefi ?

          • Deck Dylans

            So far I did everything you mentioned, except update the BIOS. Should I update the BIOS to f22 or f23a(latest)?

          • also please do not me know id you fixed it

  • Willy Iglesias

    Hey guys I have a similar model Z270x-UD3 but i can only get 4 gpous detected in win10. It has a x8 and a x4 gpu slot. Has anyone made it work with more than 4 GPUs? ? ?

    Cheers.

  • tizyl

    I’m running 6 cards rx460. How can I run 7 gpu?
    Bios updated f22, above 4G decoding Enable. I try connected slot m2 but it does not work.

  • NDioWealthAmp

    Does this card have dual BIOS ?

  • powerwoki

    Has anyone gotten this motherboard to work on Ethos? I can’t get it to work as it freezed after few minutes.

  • Dayrl Lee

    i bought one of this mother board, however i when i try to boot my all six graphic card it kept on and off, not sure why, happened when i slot in or out of my rizer or usb or any removable devices or cable. not sure izzit having some short circuit issue, anyone had this issue or experienced with other mobo like this before? should i replce it with warranty. this issue tortured me more than a week, i literally cant run my OS at all feel free to advice please :(((

    ps
    my gpu and other component work well in asrock mobo(but is not belongs to me).

    • Muhaimin

      Have you solve the problem? Mine can’t even power 1 gpu (1060 6gb) not on a riser…fan spins for only few seconds after start and then stop spinning..already update the bios…someone who experts can give any advice..really appreciate it

  • NDioWealthAmp

    By chance, does this mobo have integrated power+reset buttons just like the newer Biostar TB250-Pro BTC ?

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