The MSI H61M-P20 (G3) 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.
|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||no|
|Form Factor||Micro-ATX||PCI Slots|
|Max RAM||16 GB DDR3||SATA 1.0||0|
|RAM Slots||2 x DDR3||SATA 2.0||4|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||RAID Support||no|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 2.0 Rear||6||Back Panel I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||VGA|
The MSI H61M-P20 (G3) 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.
The Micro-ATX MSI H61M-P20 (G3) 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 MSI H61M-P20 (G3) 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 MSI H61M-P20 (G3) 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 VGA, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI H61M-P20 (G3)'s VGA. The MSI H61M-P20 (G3) does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The MSI H61M-P20 (G3) has 8 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.