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Asus H61M-K

The Asus H61M-K 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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Asus H61M-K

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetH61help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.04
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 1 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • DVI connector"
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • 1 x LAN connector
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

Asus H61M-K compatibility review

The Asus H61M-K 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 Asus H61M-K 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 Asus H61M-K 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 Asus H61M-K supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. 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 Asus H61M-K's PCIe v3.0. The Asus H61M-K does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Asus H61M-K has 6 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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