The Gigabyte H110-D3A is one of the best mining boards out there.
Although it doesn’t exactly say it’s a mining edition on the box, it’s clearly a mining board because it has six PCle connectors on the board itself, which makes it very suitable for mining operations since you can put risers on them and run six graphics cards off one system since you don’t need a lot of PCle bandwidth for mining.
The Gigabyte H110-D3A board comes with an end of storage PCle connector for the SSD that you can use, although I would recommend just using it with a SATA and 2 SSD so that you can save money on an SSD and avoid the hassle of using an external 2.5 inch SSD like on normal motherboards.
The H110-D3A also has a LAN port like all motherboards and also an ultra-durable glass fabric PCB. It comes with USB 3.0 although they call it USB 3.1 Gen 2 which can cause a bit of confusion. It has high-quality audio which is good for gamer’s but miners won’t have a use for and a dual 4-pin Molex connector for the PCle slots or extra power.
The box comes with a set of SATA cables, one is right angle, one is straight which is standard. You get the motherboard itself in an anti-static plastic wrap complete with the user manual and driver disk. Finally, you get a backplate which is irrelevant for mining which is done outside the case.
Let’s take a look at the board itself
The design of the Gigabyte H110-D3A motherboard itself is pretty simple. There’s just two heat sinks, and with the VRM heat sink being quite large it helps to keep the variants nice and cool in a mining environment.
Although you won’t be stressing the CPU much unless you are also doing CPU mining, in which case this port seems to be pretty good as it also has an 8 pin power connector for the CPU and a beefy heat sink cooling a four plus one phase VRM.
This board also has two memories, a DDR4 slot on the right side of the CPU socket, a 24-pin connector. USB 3.0 connector, four SATA connectors on the front panel, and a small chipset heat sink housing the H 110 chipset.
On the bottom you get a bunch of color-coded front panel connectors, USB 2.0 connectors and an audio connector for front panel.
The back of the mining board has two PS/2 ports which means you can diagnose problems on this port. If your mouse and keyboard on USB isn’t working, you can just plug in a PS/2 port keyboard and mouse and it will 100% work every time.
Pros and Cons Gigabyte H110-D3A
A drawback is it doesn’t have a HDMI connector since most modern monitors for mining setups have HDMI connectors instead of VGA. Besides that, there are two USB 3.0 connectors, two USB 2.0 connectors, an Ethernet LAN port, and audio inputs and outputs.
The important part for mining is that the Gigabyte H110-D3A has six PCle slots. This is the main point of this motherboard because that means you can use a bunch of PCle risers and connect them up to your graphics card so you can run six graphics cards off of one system, which saves you having to buy multiple CPU, RAM, SSDs and power supplies.
It has two more lacks fan power connectors for extra power to the PCle slots. If you are using that many GPUs, it might be a good idea to plug these in because it will help the board to not overdraw the 24 pin connector which might burn out if you don’t plus those in.
The Gigabyte H110-D3A is a great choice for miners looking to run up to six GPUs. Its build quality is first-rate and the Gigabyte H110-D3A’s efficient heatsink design and heat-resistant mosfets mean it can withstand the intense conditions crypto mining can create when running a machine 24/7.
Finally, since the Gigabyte H110-D3A is a dual-purpose motherboard and popular among gamers, should you ever decide to quit mining, you can easily resell the motherboard to gamers to recoup part of your money.
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