The Asus P8H61-M Plus is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1155/Socket H2 socket.
It has , 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the UTX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||1||SLI Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||1||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||1||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Form Factor||1||PCI Slots||1|
|Max RAM||1||SATA 1.0||1|
|RAM Slots||1||SATA 2.0||1|
|Memory Channels||1||SATA 3.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||1||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||1||Internal I/O||1|
|USB 2.0 Rear||1||Back Panel I/O||1|
|Graphics Card Interface||1|
The Asus P8H61-M Plus 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 UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX Asus P8H61-M Plus 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 P8H61-M Plus 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 P8H61-M Plus 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 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 Asus P8H61-M Plus's PCIe v2.x. The Asus P8H61-M Plus does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.
The Asus P8H61-M Plus has 10 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.