MSI recently launched its own Haswell-ready motherboard equipped with Intel’s H81 chipset. Aimed at budget builds, the new MSI H81-P33 is a sub-$100 ATX board.
The H81-P33 features an LGA 1150 CPU socket and two DDR3 DIMM slots (32GB DDR3 1600 MHz maximum) fed by a 6-phase VRM. Below the CPU socket is a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, and three legacy PCI connectors. To the left of the PCI slots sit two SATA III 6Gbps ports and two SATA II 3Gbps ports. A USB 3.0 header sits at the bottom of the board.
Rear IO on the MSI H81-P33 includes:
- 2 x PS/2
- 4 x USB 2.0
- 2 x USB 3.0
- 1 x DVI
- 1 x VGA
- 1 x RJ45
- 3 x Analog audio jacks
MSI has not announced specific pricing or availability, but expect it to be under $100. It should be a good starting point for a budget Haswell build.