The GigaByte GA-H61TN is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1155/Socket H2 socket.
It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1155/Socket H2||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||H61||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||Mini-ITX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||8 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||3|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||no|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||5||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||4||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v2.x|
The GigaByte GA-H61TN 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 8 GB RAM.
The Mini-ITX form factor is common for low-power system builds. Lower power requirements allow for less cooling, which in turn means a quieter PC. As such, the GigaByte GA-H61TN may be ideal for activities that require minimal sound excess, such as watching movies. For a gaming PC, a traditional ATX form factor is recommended, which would be more generally compatible and would provide more expansion options than Mini-ITX, but Mini-ITX is still a solid choice.
The GigaByte GA-H61TN has 3 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 GigaByte GA-H61TN 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 0 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means a graphics cards will have to be placed in a smaller PCIe slot, which will significantly and detrimentally affect its performance potential, limiting it to the bandwidth of that particular slot. In addition, the graphics card interface revision should be as close as possible to the motherboard's PCIe v2.x graphics card interface in order to maximize the potential of both the motherboard and the graphics card. The GigaByte GA-H61TN does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The GigaByte GA-H61TN has 9 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.