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GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H61
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 1333 / 1066 / 800
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2014 8:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easily configured. Well laid out. Very smooth operating board. Runs Mountain Lion like a champ.

Cons: I prefer more slots, No USB 3, No SATA 6? The biggest con for this board is that it is discontinued. I love this board.

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  • Julie L.
  • 11/23/2013 1:35:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE H61M-DS2

Pros: This motherboard is a GREAT budget buy. The LGA 1155 socket makes it easy to find a good processor. I use it for gaming, and it is superb.

Cons: There are only two problems that I have with this motherboard, one big, and one small. the small one is: it doesn't have PS/2. This isn't very important, but I love the exra responsiveness. The second one is that one of the SATA ports is DIRECTLY beneath where your video card hangs over. This is a TERRIBLE design choice.

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  • Colin E.
  • 9/27/2013 6:52:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of time and energy

Pros: It runs fine, when it works

Cons: Just like others, mine power cycles continuously. It'll work fine for a period of time, and then doesn't post at all. I've gone through the standard diagnostics (remove all accessories, 1 slot of RAM), reset CMOS, updated BIOS and nothing has worked.

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  • Kevin B.
  • 9/1/2013 7:56:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2

Pros: Inexpensive board, pretty good for what it costs.

Cons: SATA ports directly behind PCI-E slot makes having a large graphics card a hassle.
When I got it one of the SATA ports had fallen off during shipping and I was just to lazy to ship it back, more of a fault on the delivery guy and me.

Other Thoughts: Overall fine motherboard, but if you can afford a better one get a better one.

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  • joseph m.
  • 4/15/2013 6:24:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: nothing at all

Cons: nothing but trouble since installing it. Just plain sucks !

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your comments. Honest and constructive opinions are always welcome. We apologize for your difficulty with your Gigabyte product.

Since you do not list your specific issue, please contact us for further assistance at newegg-support@gigabyte-usa.com with the case number 2013041701 in the subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue as soon as possible.

Please contact our Live Technical Support at 626-854-9338, option 3 if the matter is urgent.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Zachary D.
  • 3/31/2013 1:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't expect much in the first place

Pros: Cheap. Got the job done. Until I tried to add another hard drive, and then found out Rev. 1 didn't support Ivy Bridge

Cons: So due to the poor placement of the sata connectors under my gpu I had to unplug my disc drive to fit in my new hard drive. Well the problem is, when I went to do that, the whole connector was yanked out. Very poor design. Along with that, my revision doesn't support Ivy Bridge. Which sucks but understandable.

Other Thoughts: You're paying for what you get.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your comments. Honest and constructive opinions are always welcome. We apologize for your difficulty with your Gigabyte product.

Ivy Bridge processors are supported out of the box depending on when made your motherboard purchase. Since you have Rev 1.x, you most likely purchased your motherboard before Ivy Bridge processors were officially released, and of course will not be supported. If this is the case, GIGABYTE does offer an updgrade BIOS. Ivy Bridge processors are supported with Rev1.0 BIOS F4 released on Feb/2012, and Rev1.2 BIOS FC released on Feb/2012.

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3970#bios
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4021#bios

Be sure to use the correct BIOS version according to your motherboard Revsion.

The blue colored SATA cables included with your motherboard accessory package is designed with a metal locking tab as to prevent loosening during movement or shipping of build systems. To remove the SATA cable from the SATA port on the motherboard, you must grasp the silver metal tab and squeeze before pulling the blue SATA cable. Not doing so may result in damaging the SATA port or removal of the SATA port connector on the motherboard entirely, as you seem to have described.

Normally, this is physical damage and not covered by warranty. However, if you submit your warranty claim with the case number 2013040104, we will honor warranty repairs.

If you require further assistance, please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyte-usa.com with the case number2013040104. Include your complete system configuration.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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4 out of 5 eggsWatch your Revision Number

Pros: Solid board for the price, though I did not purchase through newegg. Booted first time and ran like a champ. Initially paired it with a Pentium G860 which handled everything great except some of the more demanding games of today.

Cons: I looked at the cpu's this board supported on the gigabyte website and decided to go with an i5 3570 (non-K). I saw that it needed a bios update to do so, which is no big deal. What I didn't realize is there are 3, yes 3 revisions to this board. I had rev 1.0 which will NOT IN ANY WAY support the i5 3570 (non-K) ivy bridge part.

Also, whoever designed the SATA layout needs to be publicly shamed. It's not a problem if you use a small GPU or onboad graphics, but my GTX 560 covers ALL FOUR PORTS. Luckily I had a couple of low profile 90* SATA connectors laying around and it was more of an annoyance than a show-stopping problem.

Other Thoughts: If you think you may upgrade to a different cpu, CHECK YOUR REVISION NUMBER!!! I had to buy a new motherboad since I couldn't send the CPU back because I already used it. Guess you live and learn. I'm temped to give it only 3 eggs simply for asanine placement of the SATA ports and horrible revisioning, but those have noting to do with how well the board performed.

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  • David G.
  • 1/10/2013 2:47:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood value board

Pros: Solid Caps, low rDS(on), better ESD protection. Perfect for an inexpensive htpc board. Gigabyte quality.

Cons: If you use a large GPU you may lose access to 2 SATA ports.

Other Thoughts: You could always use a 90degree SATA cable and only lose 1 port if you use long dual slot GPU's

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  • Ernest W.
  • 1/7/2013 9:34:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsrev 2.2

Pros: Nice little 1155 matx motherboard for the price, cant go wrong with the gigabyte brand.

Cons: None so far... keep on truck'n!

Other Thoughts: Dont expect much from this basic motherboard when it comes to overclocking, the BIOS is limited, but functional. I too had a problem when using a lengthy video card, it hovered over two of the four sata ports, so i just used the uncovered ports(2/3), my sata HDD and sata DVDRW works just fine.

i5-2500k @ 3.4g
Gigabyte H61M-DS2 v2.2 (F7)
Gskill Rip Jaws 2x4gb pc3-1600
Zotac Amp 460GTX 1gb
Seagate 500gb sata2
Corsair vx550w
Windows7 Home Premium Sp1 64bit

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  • Chad B.
  • 12/30/2012 12:18:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI got no problem with it

Pros: cheapest 1155 from a top tier manufacturer

Cons: I had driver issues until I got online

Other Thoughts: I've got a $150 1155 board and this thing is pulling down the same benchmarks as it, so... who cares. save $100

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