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Thursday, July 02, 2020
More USB ports and better looking than the Asus equivalent. Don't use speckled white, Asus. B460 vs H410 is also a plus: you get a higher link speed to your M.2 with B460 vs H410. Thank you Gigabyte for not hiding the VRM temp in the motherboard or from HWINFO (consumer friendly). Shame on you Asus for hiding the information, even if as it turns out Asus uses better VRMs and doesn't have as many issues (you can still tell if Asus is having an issue or not by monitoring if you have even clock speeds, but you can't view the temp. with an Asus mobo in the BIOS etc.).
Unacceptable VRM overheating. At stock settings with an i7-10700 this motherboard chooses 85W for long term power delivery (over Intel's ridiculous 65W guidance). This shouldn't be a problem, as 85W is almost nothing compared to the turbo power of 225 watts. The problem is the VRM overheats at 85 watts if you use the CPU at 100 percent for more than 2 minutes. Little known fact: You can manually tune the max power draw of any CPU in the BIOS. I had to lower it to 75W to stop overheating with this motherboard (under 110 degrees Celsius). That is outrageous. ANY setting except 65-75W basically and you'll be overheating. At that power draw you'll have low clock speeds (<=3.5GHz) and your CPU will perform 30 percent worse than the equivalent AMD one which costs less money also. Nobody buys an Intel CPU to use it at 65W if they know what they are doing, in fact that is why Gigabyte gives 85W by default, which even that turns out to be too much for it to handle. You won't notice a problem gaming with 50 percent utilization etc., but beware in the future as you get close to 100 percent usage. Also can't do rendering that needs 100 percent utilization of the CPU. The problem is not just the locked 8 cores (160W at 4.6ghz), but 6 cores (110W at 4ghz) and 4 cores (95W at 4ghz) will all overheat this motherboard at their normal turbo clocks. I've never purchased a cheap motherboard that overheated under 95W, of course I expected I can't use full turbo with an 8 core, but not being able to use 4ghz with 6 cores is not acceptable. In fact the Asus H410M model has no problem with 100W. AVOID!