GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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- CPU: Support for Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1155 package. Chipset: Intel H61 Express Chipset
- Memory: 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory. Dual channel memory architecture. Support for DDR3 1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules. Onboard Graphics: 1 x D-Sub port.
- Audio: Realtek audio codec. High Definition Audio. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel. LAN: 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
- Expansion Slots: 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots.
- Storage Interface: 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
- USB: Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- Internal I/O Connectors: 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector/1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector/4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors/1 x CPU fan header/1 x system fan header/1 x front panel header/1 x front panel audio header/2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers/1 x parallel port header/1 x serial port header/1 x clearing CMOS jumper
- Back Panel Connectors: 1 x PS/2 keyboard port/1 x PS/2 mouse port/1 x D-Sub port/4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports/1 x RJ-45 port/3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
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Now, with that said, I love this little motherboard! I've been trying to build my first decent gaming PC, and decided that buying a cheaper motherboard now and then springing for a much more expandable MB later would be the best thing for me to do, even if it is just meant for the average consumer. I've put a number of parts in it that really dwarf this little thing, a Hyper 212 Plus being one of them. There's enough room for limited expansion, if you need to go on the cheap side like I did. I was able to save up enough money i5 3570k, and I can say that this board also supports Intel HD 4000 graphics as well.
I wish it was still just a little bit bigger, but at less than $60 dollars it's hard to complain. I'll be able to fit a dual slot GPU, but it will cut off the access to the other 2 PCIe x1 slots, but again, I can hardly complain.
Right now all I can access is the bios (I still need the money for the hard and disk drives), but everything is running fine from what I can see. I'll be sure to update this review when I can actually delve further in to the performance of this board, but right now it's nearly perfect.
It the basic H61 chipset for Sandy Bridge 1155 CPUs. Put a Core i3 in this. Not some fancy-schmancy Core i5 or i7. If you need that kind of power buy a more feature-filled board (and dont forget the SSD). This board is for people that need to build a cheap, long-lasting desktop for office work, productivity, occasional gaming, or a web-surfing PC. It is able to do onboard Intel graphics, has legacy ports for keyboard & mouse, and enough USB ports for most usage scenarios. You can cram 8GB of RAM in it for like $50 nowadays, and it can even take a PCIe 16x for when lil Johnny mows enough lawns to save up and buy Skyrim. It also Facebooks real good.
There is nothing wrong with the placement of the ports
I've also read about the boot loop issues on recent Gigabyte z68 chipsets and thought I'll give this older H61 mobo a try, considering its very competitive cost.
I received the package in good shape with everything in it. I breadboarded the setup using the following previously owned components:
- i3-2120 with stock fan
- EA-430D PSU
- 2GB Wintec One DDR3 1600
- 500GB WD Green
- 23" LG IPS LED monitor
- standard VGA cable
- piece of black foam for mobo to lie on
NO DICE! mobo would  Beep (single, short),  Power On (CPU fan working) for around 5 seconds,  Power-off,  Repeat cycle
I removed the HDD - same result
I removed the RAM - same result
I changed the RAM to Kingston 1333 previously owned unit - same result
I changed PSU to a TX-750 previously owned unit - same result
The system would not POST and I get a blank screen.
... searched the net for similar situations and solutions...NIL! Someone suggested it could be the BIOS.
I removed the BIOS battery for a few minutes - same result
I removed the BIOS battery overnight and reset the BIOS - same result
Too bad I live overseas and sending this back to Amazon will cost me more than $30 to ship. So, I'm stuck with a dead Gigabyte board - my first DOA board in 15 years and 12 builds. All my recent builds were 1155-based systems on high, mid and low end Asus and Asrock boards with zero issues.
I will not be buying Gigabyte in the next 5 years!
My only wish is that it had a IDE adapter. I have a old 120GB IDE drive that I would love to have recycled for the budget build. I was forced to purchased a IDE to SATA hard drive connector on Monoprice for about $7 bucks but sadly, although it works, it didn't allow me to boot Windows 7 directly from the IDE drive. I really didn't want to purchase a new SATA drive as that would have added the total price point for the computer build and so I was forced to yank out the extra SATA hard drive I was currently using as a spare backup on my other computer.
Anyways, this motherboard rocks!
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However, Im getting rid of mine so I can use an amd proccesor.