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ASRock H81M-HDS LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333
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With its excellent performance and great affordability, the ASRock H81M-HDS is engineered for you to build a powerful yet inexpensive a "Haswell"-based system. It's powered by the Intel H81chipset, and works flawlessly with the 4th generation Intel Core process in an LGA 1150 packaging. This motherboard is also loaded with a wealth of cutting-edge technologies, ASRock innovations, and superb ASRock quality, making it the great foundation to build your next powerhouse.


Learn more about the ASRock H81M-HDS

Model

Brand
ASRock
Model
H81M-HDS

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
4th generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon / Pentium / Celeron
Supported CPU Technologies
Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel H81

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
2×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported
16GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
1
PCI Express x1
1(PCIE 2.0)

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
2
SATA 6Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC662
Audio Channels
5.1 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek RTL8111G
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
Video Ports
1 x D-Sub Port
1 x DVI-D Port
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
Audio Ports
3 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x IR Header
1 x Print Port Header
1 x COM Port Header
1 x Chassis Intrusion Header
1 x TPM Header
1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)
1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)
1 x Power Fan Connector (3-pin)
1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
1 x 4 pin 12V Power Connector
1 x Front Panel Audio Connector

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Micro ATX
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
ASRock A-Tuning
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock APP Charger
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast LAN
ASRock XFast RAM
ASRock Crashless BIOS
ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
ASRock Internet Flash
ASRock System Browser
ASRock UEFI Tech Service
ASRock Dehumidifier
ASRock Easy Driver Installer
ASRock Interactive UEFI
ASRock Fast Boot
ASRock Restart to UEFI
ASRock USB Key
ASRock FAN-Tastic Tuning

Hybrid Booster:
-ASRock U-COP
-Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)

Good Night LED
100% All Solid Capacitor design

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Gregory G.
  • 2/5/2014 5:51:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood budget motherboard

Pros: For the price you can't get anything with better value for the Intel 1150 socket plus have SATA 3 and USB 3.0 rear ports and the sometimes elusive USB 3.0 front port header. I literally spent countless hours trying to find a board that had those last two options for the cheapest on many different types of sockets. It makes sense that the newer socket type would have the cheaper parts. You certainly can get a little cheaper than this board but then you lose those last two technologies I mentioned which are important I believe.

The board has a great layout for my chosen MATX case the Silverstone PS08B. In this case the SATA header layout made sense but in different cases your mileage may vary.

I currently have an i5 4440, an EVGA GTX 660, and an ASUS PN15 300mb PCIE x1 Wireless card running along fine. This machine is only dedicated to some light gaming and work more than anything so the lack of PCIE expansion did not bother me. If you had a much more massive graphics card than what I'm using in the PCIE x16 slot it may cause a tight fit with anything in the x1 slot.

The bios is rather nicely laid out and I actually like the new UEFI style vs how BIOS's used to be. The option in the bios that allows for super quick startup with Windows 8 shocked me the first time I used it with the SSD I'm using. I turned on the computer and look away for a second and Windows 8 was already fully booted, it was that quick. I couldn't believe a non embedded system (smartphone/tablet/etc) could ever boot this fast. The only caveat with this option is you can't get back into the BIOS, it's not humanely possible to hit the F2 key quick enough so you have to do a CMOS reset.


Asrock motherboards have always been solid for me in all ways. This board doesn't upset that at all minus the one minor con below.

Cons: The only real con I can come up with involves the 24pin power supply connector header and this is my one egg deduction for an otherwise awesome value board. I'm using a Corsair CX600 psu in this build and I spent a long time trying to get the 24 pin connector to fully snap into this header. I don't know if it's just the way Corsair makes their PSU's and the way the header is on this board but other's seem to have had trouble with this as well. At one point in trying to make this snap into place I felt like I was going to break the board by bending it too much. My final solution was to carefully use an exacto knife to shave away a fine layer of the plastic on the ridge that is on this 24 pin header. It made the fight with the psu connector much easier to snap into place. Where my desktop will likely never be moved from its currently location I probably could have left this alone. However I felt like it was better to be safe than sorry and get it to snap into place.

Other Thoughts: Asrock thanks for a nice budget product.

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  • Neil B.
  • 1/23/2014 2:43:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisapointed

Pros: Cheap
Simple
Comes with everything you could possibly want.
(Except a PCI expansion) which you would upgrade the motherboard anyway

Cons: It either came RMA or I might of broke it being a first time builder. I wanted to kind of return and get a new one.
My biggest thing about this board is that when I tried to put the graphic card in it sits on top of the front panel connectors making the gpu kind of hard to seat.

Other Thoughts: Wish I could RMA, but two of the sata's are cracked and the motherboard is probably fried.

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  • Dennis L.
  • 12/7/2013 8:21:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good budget board

Pros: Nice BIOS, fairly easy to navigate

Very inexpensive, but reasonable features

Cons: Very low-end audio chipset

Only 4 total SATA plugs, 1 USB3 header, 2 USB2 headers... not really a 'con' but understand that's all you are getting

Funky 24-pin socket (see other thoughts.)

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a budget PC build, it's working very well. It did not seem 'flimsy' at all... and believe me, I put it to the test.

Like the other reviewer mentioned... I had problems seating the 24-pin plug on my CX430... it just did not want to go in all the way. I even bought a CX430M, thinking it was a fluke, but it wouldn't seat either. I have it jammed in as far as it'll go, but I can't get the retention clip in place. I have another CX430 in my HTPC plugged into a Gigabyte board with none of those problems. I can't say if it's the mobo or PSU... but they definitely don't play well with each other.

This is my first ASRock motherboard, so far I'm very pleased with it, aside from the pesky pin problem.

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  • Frank B.
  • 11/13/2013 7:30:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMicro ATX

Pros: Great price on this board with lots of feature for $52! Perfect for a basic home or business PC. LGA1150

Cons: Only 2 SATA 6GBs. Board seams a little thin.

Other Thoughts: Cant beat this board for the price.

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  • David H.
  • 10/20/2013 5:21:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssolid performance

Pros: Great bios, fast boot, usb 3.0 header, works great. In terms of cheap motherboards I'd say asrock is the best.

Cons: none

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  • Nicholas N.
  • 9/25/2013 7:23:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Board, Careful with large Graphics cards!

Pros: Cheap! Pretty much the cheapest 1150 Motherboard they have. There was one other ASRock board that was a couple bucks cheaper, but comparing them the only difference I could find is that this one has USB 3.0 header on the Mobo for connecting to front case USB 3.0 cables, which is worth it. 2 SATA 6Gbps, which was enough for my needs (1 SSD, 1 DVD). Currently Running Ubuntu 13.04 fine, take that ASRock (they don't support Linux at all from what I have read). I haven't tried overclocking anything (Locked CPU anyways) but there are settings in the Bios for changing the voltages as well as setting ram timing. Didn't think I would get any options like that what an H81 Board. Bios are easy to get around in, POST's fast. Manual is good for getting connector/pin locations. Haven't had any issues yet.

Cons: Power/reset/HD light header pins are directly behind the PCI Express Slot, so my graphics card's (AMD 7950) hits/sets on top of them. I was able to still press it in, but for awhile I thought I was going to have to cut the fan shroud around them. If running a single slot Graphics card it would not be a problem, but with a dual slot graphics card it gets in the way. Ghetto is a good way to describe it. They apparently didn't think to hard about where they put those. Look at the pictures, I didn't notice until I went to put the GFX card in. So would be hard to recommend for a Gaming PC, yet at the same time it did work and allowed me to spend more on the GPU... Results may vary depending on your Card (mine is a XFX Double D FX-795A-TDKC Radeon HD 7950 Black). Roll of the dice.

Other Thoughts: It works! Its cheap! Has USB 3.0 on the back and the front panel header, PCI 2.0 X16 which is good enough for today's graphics cards. When comparing 1150/1155, I mainly looked at the Mobo and the 1150 boards just come with more "standard" features. Just don't be surprised about the Graphics card hitting the power switch and reset pins. Was able to build a system with an i5 4430, 8Gb of Kingston HyperX Ram, 120GB Plextor SSD, XFX 7950Black,NZXT case and a Raidmax 650 W modular power supply for under $700 mainly due to the price on this. Built it to run X-Plane, works great. I knew what I was getting, the only Negative I did not see coming was those pesky pins getting in the way, want to make sure everyone has a heads up on that! This is my first non-Gigabyte board, don't make me regret it ASRock!

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  • Austin B.
  • 9/25/2013 9:55:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAgainst Asrock now

Pros: Got motherboard for a friend, cheap and very small

Cons: its flimsy, the review without the hdmi port on the other motherboard was correct this board is thin, would not trust it with a 3rd party heatsink, maybe watercooling but be honest did you buy this to watercool. i think not.

NEXT and MAIN ISSUE

the board was just wacked, the 24pin on the motherboard was shorter and would not lock with the corsair 24pin 430w psu connector causing it to not start, or the cable needed bent in a certain direction, ridiculous. i should be able to plug a 24pin in a just leave it there, done deal.

it worked however, but a nudge, or sometimes not would instantly shut the computer off.. so you got an important project? playing a game bumped ur computer and it will turn on. no one wants to take that risk, also let it be noted that i did put the psu into another motherboard, and it fit perfect. turned it on like a champ. also one of the fan headers is right under the pcie slot... so if you have a graphics card, which you PROBABLY do in the build just, be careful

you have been warned....

Other Thoughts: BIOS had lots of cool... ohhh ahhh

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. The ATX power connector meet or exceed industry standards and lock on the south side to avoid losing.
Check the pins and sockets on the both power connectors are straight.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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