Gigabyte Z370P D3 Motherboard Review
For Intel Processor
With Recommendations for CPU, CPU Fan, RAM, Videocard and HDD
This review is on the Gigabyte Z370P D3 motherboard. This board is similar to another one I reviewed in that it is known as a budget board because it is meant for people who are looking for an inexpensive product. The support for multiple GPUs shows that the board is aimed at Gamers. However, it is not meant for overclocking. I will also recommend internal components to be used with this motherboard in each of the following categories: CPU, CPU Fan, RAM, Videocard and HDD.
As always, I will only be recommending parts that provide a good balance between performance and price. I will be recommending the same components that I have recommended in the past because each of them continues to provide very good value.
CPU Socket: LGA 1151 Revision 2
The Z370P D3 comes with an LGA 1151 revision 2 socket. The LGA 115 revision 2 only supports processors made with the Coffee Lake microarchitecture. Skylake and Kaby Lake processors are not supported. Coffee Lake desktop processors come in five flavours including the i5 and i7. While both types are suitable for gaming, I recommend the i5 as it is less expensive.
Recommended CPU: Click here
Recommended CPU Cooler: Click here
Chipset and Microarchitecture: Z370 and Coffee Lake
The Z370 is one of Intel’s 300-series chipsets. That means it is designed for processors built with the Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It replaces the Z270, a 200-series chipset, and was released in the fourth quarter of 2017. Coffee Lake’s biggest improvement over its predecssor, Kaby Lake, is the core count. The Coffee Lake microarchitecture comes with six cores while Kaby Lake only has four cores.
Multi-GPU Support: 2-WAY and 4-WAY
The Z370 chipset supports multiple GPUs in both 2-way and 4-way configurations using technology from AMD: 2-Way CrossFire and Quad-GPU CrossFireX
Memory: DDR4 Dual Channel
The Z370P D3 motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4 dual channel memory. Keep in mind that the amount of memory your computer has is much more important than the speed of your computer’s memory. Also, remember that you should always buy DIMMs (memory modules) in pairs. If you can afford it and you plan on playing fairly new games, you should get a 16GB kit (2x8GB). If you find that memory too expensive or you plan on only playing games that are several years old, you should buy an 8GB kit (2x4GB). Supported speeds in MHz are: 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 3000 and eleven more speeds ending with 4000. Whether or not you can use memory faster than 2666MHz may depend on your CPU and whether or not you’re overclocking.
Recommended Memory: Click here
The Z370P D3 has 1 PCI Express x16 slot running at x16. If you feel that one video card is insufficient, don’t worry; the Z370P D3 chipset supports multiple GPUs. See below for the list of expansion slots.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4
3 x PCI Express x1 slots
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High-end Audio Capacitors
The Z370p D3 comes with high quality audio capacitors to create realistic sound effects in games.
Audio Noise Guard
The Z370p D3 comes with an audio noise guard which improves the quality of the audio by preventing electromagnetic interference.
Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec
The Z370p D3 comes with the Realtek ALC887 audio codec. It supports 2, 4, 5.1 and 7.1-channel good quality, high definition audio.
The Z370P D3 motherboard comes with 1 M.2 connector for an SSD, 6 SATA connectors and is also Optane memory ready.
Recommended HDD: Click here
The Z370P D3 motherboard supports USB 3.1 Gen 1. See below for the complete USB specs of the board.
USB 3.1 Gen 1:
4 ports on the back panel
2 ports available through the internal USB header
2 ports on the back panel
4 ports available through internal USB headers
Anti-sulphur Design Resistors
Tiny particles of sulfur in the air can penetrate a motherboard’s resistors causing the board to fail. Gigabyte protects its motherboards by using resistors that have an anti-sulfur design.
The cooling system for the Z370P D3 consists of temperature sensors, fan headers and monitoring software. The board has six temperature sensors placed at various positions (CPU, video card slot, northbridge, etc). The board has four fan headers also placed at various positions; three support only fans and one supports either a fan or a water pump. The monitoring software is called “Smart Fan 5” and allows the user to monitor all the temperature sensors and control the speed of any fan connected to a motherboard fan header.
Another utility named “Fan Stop” lets the user configure any fan to stop automatically if a specified sensor detects that the temperature has dropped below a specified threshold. Fan Stop is fully customizable allowing the user to specify a threshold temperature for each sensor as well as which fan to stop based on readings from a specified sensor.
If you’re looking for gaming on a budget, you should consider the Z370P D3 motherboard. Although it’s a budget board it has modern features like USB 3.1 Gen 1, Anti-sulfur Design resistors and Audio Noise Guard. Gamers will especially appreciate the support for multiple GPUs while the advanced cooling system prevents the board from overheating. If gaming is your passion, an expensive motherboard is completely unnecessary. The Z370P D3 lets you play the most modern games. If you’re looking for an inexpensive gaming motherboard, do yourself a favor and consider the Z370P D3.
Click here to read a review of the Gigabyte GA AB350 Gaming and Gaming 3 motherboards with AMD AM4 CPU sockets.