What is the difference between the H, Z and B motherboards?

Posted 8th Apr 2015
Building a gaming PC and I need to know is it worth it to put extra money into a certain type of motherboard.
Community Updates


A fairly accurate, straight to the point summary can be found here:-

B is aimed more at business users, traditionally. H is aimed at people who don't want all the enthusiast features, usually overclocking, with the exception of a few boards. Z boards are if you want it all. SLI, Xfire, overclocking, although not all have SLI support.

I'd say it goes like this:
H81 < B85 < H87 < H97 < Z87 < Z97

The x9x boards are probably your best bet, at this point.
B85 is the mainstream chipset, it doesn't have much in the way of support for business specific features. The business ones are Q85 and Q87.

It all comes down to features. H81 has the least, Z97 the most. B85 is the sensible choice for most computers since it has a couple of nice features that H81 lacks, most notably the ability to have four memory slots, while being significantly cheaper than H97/Z97.

Z97/H97 are the top end board (for socket 1150) with all the niche features and trimmings. The only difference between then is Z gets overclocking and the ability to split it's PCI-E 16x channel into two 8x ones (which nVidia requires to support SLI). H87/Z87 are older versions of those chips that support fewer features.

In short, it all comes down to the features. Ignore the chipset and get a motherboard that has the features you want.
Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 9th Apr 2015
Post a comment


    Top Merchants