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GigaByte GA-H61TN

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.

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GigaByte GA-H61TN

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 FactorMini-ITXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.03
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportno
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots5help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x fan header
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

GigaByte GA-H61TN compatibility review

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.

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