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Biostar H61MLC

The Biostar H61MLC 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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Biostar H61MLC

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel H61 Chipsethelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Jan 2012help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
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
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Biostar H61MLC compatibility review

The Biostar H61MLC 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 1333 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

Released on 01 Jan 2012, the Biostar H61MLC is now over 7 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Biostar.

The Micro-ATX Biostar H61MLC 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 Biostar H61MLC 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 Biostar H61MLC 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 v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Biostar H61MLC's PCIe v2.x. The Biostar H61MLC does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Biostar H61MLC 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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