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ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After working with ASUS I found that this board will over clock with the G3258 however the unlocked multiplier only affects the processors turbo frequency. Using the Intel Stress test I verified the times to complete the test was less with the increased multiplier even though CPU-Z reported stock speeds. The ASUS utility shows the correct speed and temperature. I have the G3258 running at 4.3GHz turbo with an R7 260 and the system boots in under 5 seconds. Crysis 3 runs at 60 fps with Vsych engaged at 720P. All in All the system does everything I want at a great price point so I am very pleased. Board is loaded with features so I will not write about all of those since you can look at the specs. Bottom line is its solid and great for ITX builds for HTPC's or gaming. This is an update to my original review submission.

Cons: None

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ASUS H97I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent ITX board. Quality components and features in a small form factor. My only gripe is that the board with latest firmware is not allowing me to overclock a new Intel G3258. I would have gone with a less expensive mainboard had I been aware of all the issues with overclocking on this unit. BIOS has a lot of features and so far the board has been solid for me with the exception of the OC issues which many others are reporting online with this same model. I have notified ASUS as well and if they come up with a solution I will update my review and rating.

Cons: Unlocked current model G3258 CPU will not overclock with this board.

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ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Awesome Intel ITX Board 02/23/2014

This review is from: ASRock H61MV-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Pros: I'm going to keep this review short and sweet. For the money the value is hard to beat solid state caps for longer board life, supports relatively low power CPU's up to higher end LGA 1155 CPU's. I built this to replace an AMD E-450 build that was solid but just a bit under powered for my Virtualbox sessions to support customers on. I went with an Antec ISK 300-150 case which has 150watt PSU enough to have just enough overhead to run clean and small and tight, I almost went with their ultra SFF case but decided I wanted just a bit more space and an internal PSU. No problems using the stock Intel cooler, system performs very well even given the weak power of the integrated GPU. Paired with an SSD the system screams for regular business tasks using the Intel Celeron G1610. For HTPC purposes this has enough power to handle HD video and productivity apps with ease. Were talking 90$ for a CPU/MB that has plenty of performance for everything but gaming. The G1610 CPUScores 2543 on CPU Marks; again modest but plenty of power for the average user. Mainboard required little customization, BIOS menus were easy to navigate and I had no problems loading up Win7 home premium on an external slim drive. All in All the motherboard is fantastic, nothing too fancy at this price point, no USB 3.0 but enough features to make the small system builders like me very happy. My recommendation is for HTPC builds pair this board with an Intel CPU with integrated graphics capability and your set. Just pick the CPU and PSU/Case that fills your needs along with this board and you are set.

Cons: No USB 3.0 and could use more USB headers on back of board but at this price not a biggie.

Other Thoughts: As a sidebar; I would like to see Intel work on greater performance of their integrated GPU's however the bang for your dollar cant be beat on a ITX build like this. This motherboard is an outstanding value and should sway some AMD system builders back to the Intel camp for its price/performance ratio.

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Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 08/26/07

  • Reviews: 34
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  • First Review: 08/27/09
  • Last Review: 01/21/15
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