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ECS H81H3-I/HDMI (V1.0) LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) H81H3-I/HDMI (V1.0)

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  • Thomas K.
  • 6/17/2015 2:58:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous review

Pros: Inexpensive. Plenty of features. Works prefect for what I needed it for (almost).

Cons: Not super high quality, but this is a budget board. As mentioned on other reviews, the Intel chipset used doesn't allow for another USB3 header on the board. No serial port on back (but there is a single header on the board - ugg it's like 1995 I have to find a PCI slot cover serial port and header cable).

Other Thoughts: First board had problems and I had to RMA (see previous review). Replacement worked like a champ. And no, I didn't have to do a fresh Windows install as the ECS response suggested. I'm using Windows 8.1, not Windows 2000, Windows is smart enough now to let you do a MB upgrade without FDISKing your machine.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Thomas K.
  • 6/10/2015 3:37:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDrove me nuts

Pros: Had the features I wanted. Inexpensive.

Cons: Didn't work. I was swapping out an AMD Athlon board that was quite powerful enough to do what I wanted. I had a new CPU, but the RAM and drives were directly from the working AMD board. Plugged everything in and - it wouldn't POST. So I unplugged everything and finally got it to boot by plugging one thing in at a time ( but even then if the wind was blowing the wrong direction it wouldn't boot). Finally when everything was working, I plugged the Ethernet cable in. No link. So I upgraded the driver. Now Windows reported a hardware error. So I disassembled everything again and put the AMD board back in. The old AMD board came up just fine.

Other Thoughts: I RMAed my first board, when the next one comes I will give it another shot, hopefully I was just unlucky. If it fails again I'm getting a refund.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard.

If you are transfering a hard drive from your other system with the OS already installed, we would recommend a fresh install of the OS.

If you continue to have issues with your replacement motherboard or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Michael B.
  • 2/9/2015 10:15:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBad RAM slot

Pros: Inexpensive, HDMI, good connectivity options. Great for a HTPC when paired with an i3-4130T. I repurposed a pair of SSDs and ended up with a great little machine, except for one issue....

Cons: After several unexplained crashes and subsequent trouble getting it to boot or even post, I began troubleshooting. I found that one RAM slot seemed to be the issue. When I tested either RAM in the one slot, it was fine and memory passed several tests. When I tested either RAM in the second slot, it failed to POST.

Other Thoughts: Not sure yet if it is worth an RMA effort. I can get by with 4 GB RAM for this system.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing with your motherboard. Prior to shipping from our factory, all motherboards are tested to ensure that they are working properly.

If you do decide to RMA, please feel free to contact us at the email of phone number below.

Also you can follow the link below to register and apply for 99-hour replacement.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD15021010006

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • James M.
  • 1/30/2015 9:29:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Board, Low price

Pros: Cheap, It works out of the box

Cons: CPU placement is too close to the RAM and PCIE slot. Many Coolers will not work. Had to go with a water cooling kit because of this. A Hyper 212Evo will not fit as the Heatsink Brackets cover either the PCIE slot or the first DIMM Slot.

Other Thoughts: This board is decent for the cost, but you gotta know the limits of the design.

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  • Hop T.
  • 12/31/2014 3:29:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Compatible with G3258

Pros: Cheap, economic motherboard.

Cons: The motherboard is NOT compatible with the G3258 even after BIOS updates, which is a shame since the board advertises overclocking features.

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  • David R.
  • 12/27/2014 9:25:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot very pleased.

Pros: Like the color scheme, excellent placement of the CPU socket. Easy, efficient, inexpensive.

Cons: Really not happy about this one. Was not aware that this motherboard was not Haswell-compatible. Bought this to assemble a mini-build to replace my father's old computer for Christmas. Got the computer assembled, but then... nothing. Found out after very heavy research that the board doesn't support the G3258 that I painstakingly picked out for this build. I have no reason to change the chip; it matched all the features I wanted. I'm very displeased that my father's Christmas present will be shoved back to some time after January 5th to wait for ECS tech support, or waste more money on paying $18 to return a $40 motherboard. I've had a lot of luck from Newegg, and I've been in good standing. I blame ECS for this. I took a chance buying this one, but I don't think I will ever again.

Other Thoughts: If a BIOS update is what is needed, I could fix that, but without a processor that will be frustratingly difficult. I would very much like to see the incompatibility listed on the Newegg page to warn future buyers.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you have had with your motherboard.

If you haven't already, please contact us so we can find out more specifics to your configuration and help find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • sriram R.
  • 12/20/2014 7:55:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: got it for 33 after rebate.

worked out of the box with my i3 4130T. threw it in a HEC ITX200A 8K01 case...Performance is pretty awesome
came with latest BIOS (7/2/14) - techincally any haswell should have been recognized.

installed windows 10 tech preview on a ssd and its smooth.

i replaced this with another ECS AMD 2100 mini itx board which was a slow performer. I will turn it into a NAS perhaps..

Cons: ports are a bit crammed - but thats expected of any mini itx board.
no usb3 extension header panel on board.

Other Thoughts: Would have gone for G3258 processor but reading other reviews, i was afraid that the BIOS may not recognize it and hence opted for i3 4130T (4130T is recognized since the first BIOS release of this board).. overall happy. as the manufacturer replied in another review, all the boards now seem to come with latest BIOS.

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  • Evan M.
  • 12/7/2014 2:42:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsIncompatible out of box with G3258

Pros: Appears to be a board with great offerings at a great price

Cons: Unfortunately, mine shipped with an old BIOS and would not boot the G3258 CPU. Heads up to anyone that may have this processor.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you have had with your motherboard. Normally, all motherboards were shipped to Newegg with the latest BIOS.

If you haven't already, please contact us so we can find out more specifics to your configuration and help find a solution.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Nathan S.
  • 11/23/2014 10:05:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Budget mITX Board

Pros: - USB 3.0 support
- Well-supported in Linux
- Cheap (at the time of writing this, it's basically the cheapest 1150 mITX board I could find)

Cons: - Get what you pay for. Very cheap quality. I haven't had any major problems though

Other Thoughts: If you are going to make a mITX desktop build for daily use, I'd recommend spending a bit more to get a better-quality motherboard from a more reliable manufacturer.

It is a good option for tight budget build or (in my case) a cheap media/web server.

Last note: Messing components while the case is open tends to make this motherboard spontaneaously reboot. I suspect a minor manufacturing defect, but this hasn't been enough of an issue to warrent investigation since I almost never go near the box anyway.

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  • Jian Z.
  • 11/22/2014 12:23:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for HTPC

Pros: Small decent board which has everything for an HTPC with limited cost

Cons: Need to add one M2.5x3 screw to mount a mini Pci-e wifi card

Other Thoughts: Northbridge works at temperature 40C, or 25C+enviroment temperature, which is OK

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