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Great little board
on June 18, 2013
Overall this is an excellent little motherboard. It has all of what you need and nothing of what you don't.
The good - It's small - as in smaller than other micro boards I've used. I find this overall a plus - gives you more room for other stuff such as the never ending cable clutter. It has enough sata ports - I run an SSD, HDD, and DVD drive. Someday I'll fill it all up and I can slip another HDD in without an issue. It has just enough expansion ports - I've only ever used 2 myself even on full atx boards. Accepted my processor and ram and all that jazz - recognizes it all and works flawlessly. All the plug ins for power and fans are well done. It has 2 plug ins for case fans, one of which even has a 4 pin connector - which is nice! It stays cool, which is always a problem for smaller components even with good fans/venting.
The not as good - As others have pointed out, if you use a 2 slot and long video card - it'll block 1 or 2 of the sata ports. It's not ideal, but this is a small board that should be going into a small build, you can't be using the biggest components available (or well shouldn't be at least). There are a couple of companies who make slim, short video cards that aren't terrible or 5 year old chip-sets, so that almost negates this. When I've used different RAM, it obviously detects it, gives a message along the lines of "ram is different" and all I've figured you can do is reset the computer. It then accepts the ram and goes along its merry way - I've never had a board do it this way before. My last complaint is the lack of USB 3.0. I knew this going in and I added a usb 3 expansion card, but it's frustrating. I don't know if it's a limit of the H61 chipset or not, but still (I know the H61 is a budge chipset for those who don't need over clocking or a bunch of ports, but having SOME future proof ports would be smart).
Conclusion - for the price and flexibility and usefulness of this board, any shortcomings are easily over looked. Most of the 'faults' of this board come with its size and chipset - but are they really faults then when it's built to function this way? Compromises have to be made for size and pricing - all of which I'm fine with given this is a very solid little board.