th61 itx Biostar shows off its mini ITX H61 board at CeBIT

Back in the glory days of SFF systems, Biostar offered some of the best, if not the best SFF barebones, beating even Shuttle at their own game. However, since then Biostar hasn’t really focused on small motherboard for consumers, although the company has an extensive line of mini-ITX industrial PC boards. However, that looks set to change, as the company was showing off a brand new H61 chipset mini-ITX board at CeBIT that even has a unique feature we haven’t seen before.

Back in the glory days of SFF systems, Biostar offered some of the best, if not the best SFF barebones, beating even Shuttle at their own game. However, since then Biostar hasn’t really focused on small motherboard for consumers, although the company has an extensive line of mini-ITX industrial PC boards. However, that looks set to change, as the company was showing off a brand new H61 chipset mini-ITX board at CeBIT that even has a unique feature we haven’t seen before.

As with pretty much every other mini-ITX H61 board we’ve seen to date, Biostar has fitted four SATA 3Gbps ports, a x16 PCI Express slot and two DIMMs, but the TH61 ITX as the board is called also features an internal header for two USB 3.0 ports (via an ASMedia controller) which is a first on this type of board.

th61 itx Biostar shows off its mini ITX H61 board at CeBIT

Around the back we have a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a D-sub, DVI and HDMI port and of course 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out. However, unlike every other motherboard we’ve ever seen, Biostar has fitted a tiny USB Wi-Fi dongle to the board, much in the same way as some companies have Bluetooth dongles. It supports 802.11b/g/n although it’ll most likely be limited to transfer speeds of up to 150Mbit due to its tiny size which makes it difficult to fit a pair of antennas need for 300Mbit speeds.

Biostar might not be the most prominent motherboard brand, but we’d say that they have a potential winner on their hands with the TH61 ITX as long as it becomes readily available in the market. Judging by the large amount of mini-ITX boards that were announced at CeBIT, it looks like 2011 will be a good year for everyone that’s looking at building an HTPC or any other type of tiny PC.

Source: Lab 501