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ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • 100% All Solid Capacitor design
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1600
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0
  • Graphics Output Options: D-Sub, DVI-D
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN
  • 5.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC662 Audio Codec)
  • 2 x SATA3, 2 x SATA2, 2 x USB 3.0, 8 x USB 2.0 (4 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
H81M-DGS R2.0

What you've never understood about your computer is that it is scared to death of water, H2O, humidity - or whatever you'd like to call it. And even though you do not see the water, actually there may be lots of excessive moist in the air killing your motherboard silently and slowly. No, your motherboard doesn't melt when in contact with water like the wicked witch of the west, but it dies of short circuit. Luckily, ASRock has a new High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

H81M-DGS R2.0
H81M-DGS R2.0

All-Solid-Capacitor Design

ASRock is determined to use high quality materials to build the best motherboards, that's why all the capacitors on this motherboard are built with 100% solid capacitors. These solid capacitors bring long lasting durability and ultra stable performance.

H81M-DGS R2.0 A-Tuning

A-Tuning is ASRock's multi purpose software suite with a new interface, more new features and improved utilities, including EZ OC, Auto Tuning, XFast 555, OC Tweaker, System Browser, Live Update, Tech Service and a whole lot more!
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H81M-DGS R2.0 Easy Driver Installer

For users who don't have an optical disk drive to install the drivers from our support CD, Easy Driver Installer is a handy tool in the UEFI that installs the LAN driver to your system via an USB storage device, then downloads and installs the other required drivers automatically through the Internet. Completely no CD or optical disk drive required!
H81M-DGS R2.0 USB Key

In a world where time is money, why waste precious time everyday typing usernames to log in to Windows? Why should we even bother memorizing those foot long passwords? Nobody has time for that! Just plug in the USB Key and let your computer log in to windows automatically!
H81M-DGS R2.0 Fan-Tastic Tuning

Configure different fan speeds for respective temperatures using the graph. The fans will automatically shift to the next speed level when the assigned temperature is met.
H81M-DGS R2.0 UEFI Tech Service

Contact ASRock Tech Service by sending a support request from the UEFI setup utility if you are having trouble with your personal computer. Users may try to choose the category of the issue they have encountered, describe the problem in detail, and then attach an optional picture or log file for our technical support team.

Limit and control your children's time spent on the Internet. ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) technology allows you to establish an Internet curfew or restrict Internet access at specified times. Administrators are able to schedule the starting and ending hours of Internet access granted to other users.
H81M-DGS R2.0 Dehumidifier

Dampness kills most electronics, so it's a better idea to keep your personal computer dry. Now users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling Dehumidifier. When it is enabled, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state.
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H81M-DGS R2.0 Fast Boot

With ASRock's exclusive Fast Boot technology, it takes less than 1.5 seconds* to log on to Windows® 8 from a cold boot. No more waiting! The speedy boot will completely change your user experience and behavior.

*The boot time may vary with a different configuration.
H81M-DGS R2.0 Restart to UEFI

Fast Boot is so fast that it is impossible for users to enter the UEFI setup utility during POST. Therefore, ASRock Restart to UEFI technology allows users to easily enter the UEFI setup utility automatically when turning on the PC next time. It is designed for those who constantly need to enter the UEFI setup utility.
H81M-DGS R2.0 Good Night LED

Are you eager to enjoy an absolutely better stand-by environment than ever before? ASRock Good Night LED technology can offer you a better environment by extinguishing the unessential LED. By enabling Good Night LED in BIOS, the Power / HDD / LAN LED will be switched off when system is on. Not only this, Good night LED will automatically switch off Power and Keyboard LED when the system enters into Standby / Hibernation mode as well.
H81M-DGS R2.0 Internet Flash

Updating the UEFI is easier than ever with ASRock Internet Flash! Simply by a few clicks it searches for available UEFI firmware updates from ASRock's servers, then it automatically downloads and flashes the latest UEFI file within the UEFI setup utility without having to enter Windows® OS.

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/17/2014 10:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNot true as stated in the specification

Pros: Cheap.

Cons: - XFast Lan is slow. A lag can be noticed in surfing; clearly seen in playing games; even slower than my old normal h61-biostar mobo.
- Turbo boost can only reach 3.5ghz with i5 4590, while other mobo can reach 3.7ghz.
- Took more time to get in Win 7 than my old h61 mobo.

Other Thoughts: I don't like it when information is not true as advertised.
Would rather buy something else that it is what it's said.

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  • Shaun C.
  • 9/6/2014 10:50:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value board.

Pros: I've used motherboards from pretty much every major manufacturer, and ASRock is the one I go back to. They use high quality components that don't fail and still have competitive prices.

Cons: Nothing, really. It didn't come with a free pizza, I guess.

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  • Kyle C.
  • 7/6/2014 2:42:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLack of Vista support

Pros: Cheap board, runs great with Windows 7.

Cons: Does not support Windows Vista. After buying this to replace a dead board I needed to reinstall windows.. The Vista install was ungodly slow, and after finally getting it to boot I noticed the driver disk lacked anything for Vista. Caused many headaches trying to search the web for drivers while the computer ran unstable with Vista install. Had to upgrade to Windows 7.

Other Thoughts: I thought Microsoft were still supporting Vista until 2017... Did hardware manufacturers drop support for it early?

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, Windows XP/Vista drivers are not included due to Intel 8 series does not providing those drivers.
For more information, visit the link below for supported drivers.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/3/2014 8:02:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsRock H81M-DGS Can't Boot from DVD

Pros: Nice pretty BIOS menu

Cons: There is no setting on the H81M-DGS that will permit it to boot from any DVD not released by Microsoft. Thus, no operating system can be installed except for Windows. This renders the motherboard completely useless to me. I spent three hours troubleshooting this thing; it's relentlessly locked to only boot into Windows. I suspect AsRock is getting a payoff from Microsoft, and that's why the board's so cheap. Anyone who buys it will be locked into Microsoft products forever.

Other Thoughts: Never going to buy AsRock again, of course. Will study reviews of other motherboards very carefully to ensure that other users were able to install Linux.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Mainboard can boot either ODD or USB flash drives.
Please press F11 repeatedly to bring boot menu once system is started.
Select the desired drive to boot.
If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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  • weston p.
  • 5/19/2014 3:10:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Budged Board

Pros: I have built a dozen or so systems with these boards in the past 6 months. No weird quirks or compatibility issues

Cons: no onboard usb3 header

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  • Aaron R.
  • 5/9/2014 6:53:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty good

Pros: A decent little board. Physically small, with a decent profile, you can mount this in pretty tight spaces. I'm using this for an arcade cabinet I'm building and the size is awesome. Great number of USB ports, and even has a combo PS2 port if you want to use an NKRO keyboard with it. If your building a budget gamer machine this is a pretty good ticket.

Cons: First boot it didn't work. Not sure what I did wrong. I cleared CMOS, tried again, nothing on screen. Then I plugged in a GPU instead of the onboard - booted right up. Took the GPU out, then onboard video worked... Odd, but no problems since!

Other Thoughts: This is my first intel build ever and it was pretty painless. Coupled with a Pentium G3220 you get a lot of performance for about $150-200 (including ram and some storage). I'm loading up mame and other emulators and haven't seen a single frame skip even on the late 90's 3d games and such. I could imagine this machine with a decent SSD and 750ti as an epic budget gamer for around $400. AMD has unfortunately lost my love for budget builds.

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  • Mark R.
  • 4/25/2014 11:23:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty fast little thing!

Pros: Love them mATX boards! I build about 5-6 systems a week, and gotta say this board is pretty quick. Motherboards do make a difference when it comes to speed, and I noticed a slight boost over similar GIGABYTE boards I've been seeing as of late.

Cons: Only reason I dropped an egg is there is no USB 3.0 hookup for the front of your tower. I would have rather had one USB 2.0 hookup and one USB 3.0 hookup, then just two USB 2.0 hookups. Most towers these days have connectors for USB 3.0. But don't let that stop you from buying this...its a good little board!

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