Overshadowed by the release of the high end X68 boards was the release of the Intel H61 Express chipset, the polar opposite of the enthusiast board. The board is a full sized ATX instead of the mATX you might expect though you only get 4 + 1 phase power which does keep the production costs down. You are also limited to DDR3-1333 though SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 are available as well as a selection of audio and video out on the back panel and even a UEFI BIOS. Think Computers rather liked the budget ASRock H61iCafe Intel H61 motherboard; check it out for yourself.
"With Intel’s introduction of its second generation Core processors the main chipsets you have been hearing about and we have been covering are the P67, H67 and Z68. These chipsets are the mainstream and enthusiasts chipsets that give you everything you would ever want on a motherboard, but what if you are trying to save money? Or just build a simple machine? ASRock has you covered with the H61iCafe motherboard. This board is of course based on the Intel H61 Express Chipset. This board features USB 3.0 connectivity, Graphical UEFI BIOS, and support for Intel’s second generation processors. Let’s check it out!"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 @ Bjorn3D
- ASUS P8Z68-V Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Intel Socket 1155 Roundup June 2011 (H67, P67 and Z68) @ HardwareHeaven
- GIGABYTE X58A-OC @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte A75-UD4H FM1 (AMD A75) Motherboard Preview @ Hardware Canucks
- AMD 990FX: Prepping for Bulldozer @ Hardware Secrets
- ASUS M5A99X EVO @ Tweaktown