ASRock H61M-VG3 Motherboard Socket 1155 Micro ATX (Mini DTX) @ Amazon
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ASRock H61M-VG3 Motherboard Socket 1155 Micro ATX (Mini DTX) @ Amazon

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Found 17th Jan 2014
Nice little board this, I've had my eye on it for a NAS build for a while and the price has just dropped by about £4.50 - so is now under the magic £30 mark

One thing to note for the super geeky, size wise it is really tiny, and although is sold as a Micro ATX is actually within spec to be a mini DTX board (that's Mini-ITX with the extra expansion slot on the side). I'm hoping to squeeze it into a Fractal Node 304, so will get a tiny box, with 2 expansion slots.

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Original Poster

Full spec page for those interested Here

Its a good spec for something cheap and cheerful.

No USB3.0 or HDMI out. You can get cheap graphics card and PCI USB 3 expansions but then it takes up the slots.

I would pay an extra £10 for the MSI board as comes with same spec but has HDMI and after buying this board a month ago, not getting HDMI was a massive regret.

It is also really poorly designed to go with the fractual design case as you can't fit in a dual slot card with this motherboard.

Original Poster

It for a nas, i wont be adding a graphics card.

Does this Asrock board come with breakaway sata ports as well (_;)

Good price. Was looking to setup a new ESXI box with my 2500k but then realised it doesn't support passthrough

Heat added anyway!

Mental, good price for spec though - heat added....

i'd actually recommend this one, it's a little bit bigger than VG3, additional 2 quid more, but that gives you two more USB ports and a DVI port.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TLswPrhAL._SX385_.jpg

amazon.co.uk/AsR…CLY

my old ASUS 1156 motherboard failed half a year ago so i bought this DGS one it works pretty well together with a 1155 i3 cpu. Have enough room to fit in my Gigabyte HD7770 card. The ASRock bios page has a really good GUI. really easy to set up.





Edited by: "superivanho" 18th Jan 2014

Thanks

It's good that people are offering alternatives, but sizewise there is no comparison, since none of the boards suggested would fit into an ITX enclosure (this one should but I'd suggest reading up on it first!).

It would be ideal for people looking to build a cheaper Intel based compact PC. I was going to order one of these very boards to go into my Coolermaster Elite 120 but ultimately decided against it after getting a good deal on an H67 ITX board.
Edited by: "chippytea" 18th Jan 2014

Wish they'd try harder to put the cpu in the centre of the board like the asus p8z77i

That's Mum sorted.

zampa

That's Mum sorted.



Wrong platform you should have gone AMD, you won't get the temperature out of this to c
dfarrall

Good price. Was looking to setup a new ESXI box with my 2500k but then … Good price. Was looking to setup a new ESXI box with my 2500k but then realised it doesn't support passthrough :(Heat added anyway!



Hi, can you explain the passthrough further please. I'm just about to get in to ESXi and wondered what you meant, thanks.

zampa

That's Mum sorted.

dfarrall

Good price. Was looking to setup a new ESXI box with my 2500k but then … Good price. Was looking to setup a new ESXI box with my 2500k but then realised it doesn't support passthrough :(Heat added anyway!



I think he means VT-d which is basically direct access to thinks like Disk drives, rather than through ESXi's abstraction layer. But I also think he's referring to his CPU rather than the board. dfarrall let us know what you mean because I too am in the same boat. Currently running my 1st gen HP Microserver on Linux + VMs but it's getting smashed these days. Really hoping to jump to ESXi but lack of VT-d is why I don't have ESXi on this current box.

Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium® processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments.

direct access = passthrough = VT-d basically from what I know?

Original Poster

Received mine today, fits perfectly in my Mini-ITX only Fractal Node 304, very happy
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