ASRock H61M-VG3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel H61, DDR3, S-ATA 300, Micro ATX, PCI Express 3.0, 5.1 CH HD Audio, Extreme Tuning Utility) £32.58  @ AMAZON
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ASRock H61M-VG3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel H61, DDR3, S-ATA 300, Micro ATX, PCI Express 3.0, 5.1 CH HD Audio, Extreme Tuning Utility) £32.58 @ AMAZON

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Found 7th Jul 2013
Product Dimensions 19 x 6.4 x 17 cm. Mini/Micro Atx? Very small board. Many features for this price. Lacking USB 3 only, though has two pci-e slots so can slot an adapter in there if needed. No problems with the board/build, just remember to plug in the extra 4 pin power for the board!

Full spec here:
asrock.com/mb/…ons

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Hot for a micro atx build i have something like this in my steam box

Original Poster

Please note: I did not need to update the bios (as in the review). It accepted a G2020 Ivy Bridge out of the box. I can supply a full list of compatible components that I used if anyone is interested.

same price @ dabs

Bargain..


I need a asrock 1150 micto-itx board

Why was this 49 quid in the first place if it doesn't have to carry it's own onboard Gfx (it's on the CPU) and doesn't have any USB3?

this fits into the coolermaster elite 120 case as it is not actually micro ATX but another format called mini DTX. I used this mobo because the pci-e slot means you can put a proper wireless card in and don't have to shell-out for some overpriced board just cos u want WiFi (and i dont like usb wifi adapters as they are often quite poor). max ram supported is 1333MHz but this board matched with a celeron 1610 and 4gb ram is very good performance for very little of your monies.

Only has one PCIe slot like all other itx motherboards, the two slots in the pic are for the ram modules OP.

Original Poster

It has two slots. One is PCI E 3.0, one is PCI-E 2.0.

Expansion / Connectivity
Slots - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (blue @ x16 mode)
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot

ASRock do good reliable boards. Have built quite a few units from their matx & mitx h61s
Edited by: "drasim" 8th Jul 2013

awkward board to use if your case only has 2 expansion slots and want to use a dual slot GPU.

jony_bobo

awkward board to use if your case only has 2 expansion slots and want to … awkward board to use if your case only has 2 expansion slots and want to use a dual slot GPU.



I'm an idiot.
Edited by: "kharma45" 8th Jul 2013

kharma45

The chances of someone wanting to do dual GPU on this board are almost … The chances of someone wanting to do dual GPU on this board are almost nil.


I wouldn't say its "almost" nil as I know a lot of people who use their HTPCs for some light gaming.

Good price, but what is the quality of Asrock boards like? Always seen them as the Netto of motherboards myself.

jony_bobo

I wouldn't say its "almost" nil as I know a lot of people who use their … I wouldn't say its "almost" nil as I know a lot of people who use their HTPCs for some light gaming.



I'm an idiot.

torybarsteward

Good price, but what is the quality of Asrock boards like? Always seen … Good price, but what is the quality of Asrock boards like? Always seen them as the Netto of motherboards myself.



They're fine, some good ones and some average ones.

Edited by: "kharma45" 8th Jul 2013

kharma45

And a dual GPU set up constitutes light gaming? Please.


He said "dual slot" not "dual GPU". Even many relatively low-powered graphics cards take up two slots (or rather two slot positions) these days.

kharma45

And a dual GPU set up constitutes light gaming? Please.They're fine, some … And a dual GPU set up constitutes light gaming? Please.They're fine, some good ones and some average ones.


Who the hell said anything about dual GPU?
Did you even read my first comment?
"Dual slot GPU"
"Please"....
Edited by: "jony_bobo" 8th Jul 2013

jony_bobo

Who the hell said anything about dual GPU?Did you even read my first … Who the hell said anything about dual GPU?Did you even read my first comment?"Dual slot GPU" "Please"....



**** sorry, mis-read you! Well that's me told ha.

Would have gone for one if it had SATA3, This Mobo is only SATA2 sadly. I would like to build a cheapish HTPC with SATA 3 for SSD to replace my W7 HTPC.

Heat, good price for a board for a cheap HTPC

kharma45

**** sorry, mis-read you! Well that's me told ha.



Haha were cool man
you're not from Eglinton, Londonderry are you?

No HDMI but I guess you can just pop in a discrete graphics card.

You could but it sorts of defeats the object and the low price, also has no DVI so you're limited to vga for monitors.

You can always pass HD signal over the Ethernet connection if you have a TV that accepts that but again it is a workaround rather than a feature.

Only real upside I can see is the form factor as these boards really are very small and that opens up a range of options

Extra Pci-e x1 slot on a micro-itx LGA1155 board is unusual and useful. SATA3 6Gbps would be nice for futureproofing (for SSD for OS) but for the price, can't really complain. Has 5.1 audio too. Hot price

>> edit my bad: its micro atx (191x170mm), which is bigger than mini-itx (170x170mm). I'll go back to sleep ....
Edited by: "Hootwo" 8th Jul 2013

jony_bobo

Haha were cool man ;)you're not from Eglinton, Londonderry are you?



Yeah I am.

I'm still astouonded at peoples obsession with SATA III.

It will make virutually no perceivable difference to usuable performance compared to SATA II

Yes, on stress testing with a decent SSD you can measure a difference, but not one that is noticible in terms of real world metrics like boot times and application start ups. My thinkpad has SATA 1 (150) with an agility 3 and loads office 2010 apps literally instantaneously and cold boots windows 8 in less than 7 seconds - I dont think you'll notice any benefit above this with SATA II/III

You would notice a difference copying large files between SSDs - which, to store large videos/editing etc would want to be quite big, and I'd suggest if you're willing to spend £200+ on SSDs, you shouldnt be looking at a £30 motherboard.

This one has more USB ports and a DVI port:
ebuyer.com/344…g3-

Can anyone recommend a particular CPU for this Mobo please (as cost-effective as possible without comprising too much on CPU performance / specification). Thank you. P.S. Seems like a good buy. ASRock do make good Mobo's agreed. Not concerned about being SATA2 as opposed to SATA3.

Freedom90

This one has more USB ports and a DVI … This one has more USB ports and a DVI port:http://www.ebuyer.com/344092-msi-h61m-p20-g3-socket-1155-dvi-vga-8-channel-audio-matx-motherboard-h61m-p20-g3-



Well spotted. Possibly a better buy - not entirely certain.

In layman’s terms would buying this board and fafing about getting the rest of the bits to make a viable computer put me in a better position than having an of the shelf ASRock 330 or Acer revo?

Similar (but larger) board as in this deal :
hotukdeals.com/dea…178

if anyone is looking for a bundle...
Edited by: "Chrrye" 8th Jul 2013

TBC15

In layman’s terms would buying this board and fafing about getting the r … In layman’s terms would buying this board and fafing about getting the rest of the bits to make a viable computer put me in a better position than having an of the shelf ASRock 330 or Acer revo?


The Acer Revo etc. (Net tops) are much smaller but very weak in comparison, you can use it for general web browsing, work and watching movies. They are being phased out by tablets and I'm not sure if you can grab one anymore.

A homebuilt PC will be faster and you can put in a graphics card to play games as well.

Freedom90

This one has more USB ports and a DVI … This one has more USB ports and a DVI port:http://www.ebuyer.com/344092-msi-h61m-p20-g3-socket-1155-dvi-vga-8-channel-audio-matx-motherboard-h61m-p20-g3-



But that one is mATX whereas this is an mITX, people who have a mITX case cant fit a mATX board.

jony_bobo

But that one is mATX whereas this is an mITX, people who have a mITX case … But that one is mATX whereas this is an mITX, people who have a mITX case cant fit a mATX board.


Ah good point, though technically it's 2cm longer on one side, not sure if this could potentially mean it can't be used in all ITX cases. (not likely)
The one I linked to is surprisingly small too but 5cm longer on one side than the ITX spec.

jony_bobo

But that one is mATX whereas this is an mITX, people who have a mITX case … But that one is mATX whereas this is an mITX, people who have a mITX case cant fit a mATX board.



I already said on the first page this MoBo is not mini ITX it is mini DTX so it actually will not fit all mITX cases generally it will only fit in larger mITX cases that can accept double wide graphics cards such as the Coolermaster Elite 120.
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