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ASRock H61M-DG3USB3

The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1155/Socket H2 socket.

It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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ASRock H61M-DG3USB3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetH61help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.04
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 2 x fan header
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear2

ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 compatibility review

The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 uses the Intel LGA 1155/Socket H2 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

The Micro-ATX ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the ASRock H61M-DG3USB3's PCIe v3.0. The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The ASRock H61M-DG3USB3 has 8 USB 2.0 slots and 4 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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