Customer Reviews: Intel Desktop Board DH61AG Thin Mini-ITX
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on October 30, 2011
I was looking for a low-power usage system to use as a home server and ocassionally HD movie playing. I could compromise on power usage during load as long as idle power was low.
I read the missingremote website review of this MB and decided to take a chance.
Due to budget constraints I decided to use the Celeron G530 ($39 - $49 range), which has most of the features of its bigger i3 cousin. I don't need 3D graphics and basic HD decoding is enough. I had 4GB of SO-DIMM Laptop RAM I pulled during my Macbook Pro upgrade that I could recycle.
I added a 2.5" laptop HDD to be used as main drive for low power usage (as opposed to 3.5").
I installed all this and used a Dell Laptop Power supply. I added an optical drive via eSATA connector for OS install and ocassional movie playback. Here are my preliminary results:

Windows 7:

I had to install the NIC drivers from the CD as W7 didn't recognize the LAN port. As I did this I installed all drivers haven't tested HDMI audio yet, but it shows). The system idles at 15-16 Watts (measured with Kill-A-Watt at the wall). I can play Blu-Ray fine, with PowerDVD 11. System spikes up to low 20s watts during BD playback which is perfectly fine. I added a 3.5" 2TB Caviar Green and it adds 4 to 5 watts when spinning but not in use.


Tested 10.04LTS , didn't see the NIC. Loaded 11.10 , saw the NIC. For some reason it idles at no less than 21Watt, 5 more than W7. Then I saw that Ubuntu 11.10 doesn't give you an option to use the old desktop environment (you need to manually install it) and I don't like Unity environment at all, so I decided to switch back to OpenSUSE, which is also better for my Desktop/Server mixed use as I can customize the install more easily.


Loaded fine, NIC was fine, idles at 16-17 Watt. Without tweaking and out of the box this is 4 to 5 Watt less than Ubuntu. I didn't compare the kernel versions, but I will stick with OpenSUSE anyway. I still need to test integrated graphics etc, but I plan to Dual boot W7 for movie playback for a while.

In summary, this board has an OK price for a Home (Media) Sever build, and idle power usage is excellent when combined with Laptop drive and using integrated graphics. The CPU fan is also pretty quiet.

I just wish it had an extra SATA port to add a fixed Optical drive id addition to the 2.5" main HDD and 2TB media drive. At some point I might move the OS to the mSATA slot but these drives are too expensive at this point.
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on August 8, 2012
I really wanted to like this board, and for the most part it's solid.

Intel has a few boards out there now that use a built in DC jack on the motherboard for use in cases without a standard ATX PSU. This is one of them. I had also read that it offered an internal connection as well, so I ordered this board for an In Win case that had a 200W built in PSU. At the time, it was only $99 with free shipping and still seemed like a fair value.

Upon receiving the DH61AG, I came to realize that the internal connection was not a standard 24pin ATX. It has some crazy 2 pin molex (looks like half of a 4pin CPU connector) that apparently nobody in the online community has any idea what to plug into it. Therefor, if you have a case with a power supply, this MOBO will be a waste of money for you, as you'll have to purchase a separate power brick to go with it. Apparently it DOES fit a Dell laptop PSU, but I would recommend the mini-box 160W 19V adapter, as the Dell PSU only goes up to 90W if I remember correctly.

So, I ended up switching this board out into a M350 Universal Mini-ITX PC enclosure PicoPSU compatible;, which seems to be one of the only cases I can find that doesn't have a spot for an internal PSU, so it's almost made for a MOBO like this. This case in itself has plenty of flaws, but I won't get into that. I do recommend it for this motherboard, however.

Once I got everything situated with the power supply and case, the board worked just fine. It boots up in an adequate amount of time into Linux Mint 13 on an SSD. Probably could be faster, but no complaints. Actual PC performance is stellar with an Intel Core i3-2100 Dual-Core Processor 3.1 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I32100, 8GB SODIMM (be sure to buy notebook RAM!), and I'm using the built in graphics. I get an 8000 on a 32bit Geekbench test, which is pretty impressive, since 32 bit only utilizes half of the memory.

Built in Intel graphics are OK. It will play HD content, but I occasionally get odd artifacts and blending during high action scenes. I wouldn't imagine this would be adequate for any graphics intense games. Perhaps a higher end processor would better utilize this feature.

A few pros:

+ Two mini-pci-e slots, one full and one half length. It's difficult to find an ITX board with even one mini-pci-e slot, let alone two. This offers a great amount of flexibility with onboard wifi. Literally any laptop wifi card should work.

+ Plenty of ports. This offers both DVI and HDMI, USB 3.0 and 2.0, etc. etc.

+ Included HDD power cable. This cable runs from the motherboard, to the hard drive power connectors. This allows you to run everything off the built in 19v DC port without any additional PSU.

+ LGA 1155 socket. This type of socket is currently the most versatile on the market, as you can use almost any current i3, i5, or i7. It's pretty much all I'll consider anymore.

+ Well placed antenna mounts on IO shield. I've had IO shields that place the antenna mounts too close to each other, making it impossible to get high powered antennas side by side. These ones are spread out evenly.

A few cons:

- The only expansion slot on this board is a standard x4 pci-e, not a x16, so full size video cards won't fit. This is unfortunate, considering the rather limited onboard graphics.

- SODIMM. Using notebook memory modules instead of full size creates extra space for the mini-pci-e, but limits options with RAM. I prefer full size memory. Also, this is only rated at 1333mhz, where others in this price range can use 1600mhz RAM.

- Unusual internal PSU connection. I've already touched on this above.

- Limited audio capabilities. This only has one out and one mic in. If you have a surround sound setup that requires multiple outputs, this won't work for you. However, this was plenty for my requirements.

- Price change. Just a few days ago, this was $99, and is now $120+shipping, which is just not worth it anymore for the PSU requirements involved. I much prefer the Intel Desktop Motherboard LGA1155 DDR3 1600 mini-ITX - BOXDH77DF for only $10 or so more. That board comes with standard PSU connectors, offers more ports, full size DIMM slots, pci-e x16 and has one (full or half length) mini-pci-e slot, and surround sound capabilities.

Discontinued? It appears the DH61AG is being discontinued already, which is a shame, because it certainly fills a niche, despite it's flaws. At $99 and $60 for a PSU, this was the best deal for a small, fanless machine. With the price change, you might as well get a better board and a Pico PSU.

If you can pick this one up for a decent price, go ahead and do it...I don't think you'll be disappointed :)
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on February 11, 2013
I was building an HTPC from scratch, and I needed a Thin Mini ITX board that is lite and not loaded with more features than I can imagine. This board prove to be the one I needed. It has the basic features, HD video and sound qualities.
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on September 23, 2011
Great board with many good features:

- CIR header for internal R6 compatible remote (MCE).
- HTPC header for CEC (will be supported in the future, hopefully).
- Board has its own 19v power supply. While other PICO PSUs use 16v, its nice to have a 19v and just use an ordinary laptop power brick to power your entire PC. Pin compatible with HP and Dell bricks (be sure to measure the barrel size first).
- Using SoDIMMS and an MSata Hard drive, you can make a build that is extremely low profile with practically no cable clutter.

Using the above my PC on 65w i5 intel it idles at 15w.
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on December 6, 2011
This board paired with a low power i3 or i5 CPU makes for a solid CarPC build. Windows 7 installs without issue using only the included driver CD. Intel's 3 year warranty, on-line support drivers, software and technical information are all top notch.
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on November 20, 2013
it’s very nice!I love it very much!It‘s helpful for me to DIY my new computer!I will buy it if I need it!
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