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Gigabyte GA-B150-D3H-GSM Review: A Skylake Motherboard for Volume Builders: Page 4 of 4

System builders are often seen as computer enthusiasts looking for the most extreme of high-end computing. Important as this market is, it doesn’t represent the portion of builders who build PCs for general productivity – and that’s who Gigabyte’s GA-B150M-D3H-GSM Mini-ATX motherboard is for. By Matt Whitlock

Conclusion

Benchmarks here stack up well when compared to other reviews for boards based on the B150M, exceeding in a few and falling short in others, but I suspect this is more related to the RAM choice than the board itself.

The B150M is the limiting factor here, meaning it won’t take on most boards with a Z170 in the performance department if you intend to start manually pushing the processor beyond stock speeds. The omission of on-board RAID, too, is a bummer, but businesses will have some kind of backup and recovery strategy in place already (and if they don’t, why on earth haven’t you sold them one yet?!).

The more I think about this board, the more I’ve come to realize that it’s not so much the raw numbers or number of ports that make the difference. It’s not to say those things aren’t important, but as a professional system builder it’s company behind the board that likely matters more than the specifications. Gigabyte has a known reputation for great quality products and excellent support. Their GSM program is an extra commitment to those who are serving the needs of business that this board is going to be around for a long time (this model is slated to have supply beyond Q4 of 2018), and should one fail within the warranty Gigabyte will send you out a replacement before you send back the defective (more on how to apply/qualify for the GSM cross ship service is provided here).

With its combination of flexible I/O, excellent build quality, and business class support, Gigabyte’s GA-B150M-D3H-GSM should be a top choice for your next high-volume deployment.

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Matt Whitlock is online director and technical editor for ChannelProSMB.com.

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