P8H61 I Asus and MSI displays mini ITX H61 boards at CeBIT

We should soon be seeing some much more affordable mini-ITX boards for Intel's second generation of Core i processors and both Asus and MSI has shown off new models based on the new H61 budget chipset for the platform. The two boards are quite different in terms of what they offer though and we're pretty sure that these are only two of the first boards of many to come.

We should soon be seeing some much more affordable mini-ITX boards for Intel's second generation of Core i processors and both Asus and MSI has shown off new models based on the new H61 budget chipset for the platform. The two boards are quite different in terms of what they offer though and we're pretty sure that these are only two of the first boards of many to come.

Asus has gone for a full-on HTPC design for its P8H61-I with a x16 PCI Express slot, four SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers for an additional four USB 2.0 ports. Around the back the board has a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port and three audio jacks for 5.1-channel audio. Bear in mind that this is a budget board and it won't compete with the H67 boards in terms of features.

P8H61 I Asus and MSI displays mini ITX H61 boards at CeBIT

MSI on the other hand decided to go really basic with its H61I-E35 and only included a x1 PCI Express slot, although you still get four SATA 3Gbps ports and two headers for four USB 2.0 ports. Around the back the MSI board appears to have a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, a D-sub and HDMI port and three audio jacks for 5.1-channel audio. This board should be very affordable and a great match with the upcoming Sandy Bridge Pentium and Celeron processors expected later this year.

H61I E35 Asus and MSI displays mini ITX H61 boards at CeBIT

Source: Impress PC Watch, Computer Base