th61u3p Biostar unveils its H61 motherboards

Ahead of CeBIT, Biostar has unveiled its Intel H61 chipset based motherboard models and the company will offer three different SKUs of what is pretty much the same board as well as one more advanced model. The H61 chipset is Intel's budget solution for the second generation Core i processors and is really intended to be paired up with the cheaper Pentium branded CPUs which are expected to launch sometime later this year.

Ahead of CeBIT, Biostar has unveiled its Intel H61 chipset based motherboard models and the company will offer three different SKUs of what is pretty much the same board as well as one more advanced model. The H61 chipset is Intel's budget solution for the second generation Core i processors and is really intended to be paired up with the cheaper Pentium branded CPUs which are expected to launch sometime later this year.

First up we have the H61ML which is the most basic, feature stripped version which uses a compact 24.4x20cm mATX board. Feature wise it's nothing much out of the ordinary with a single x16 PCI Express slot, two PCI slots and one x1 PCI Express slot. The board also only has two memory slots, but this is part for the course for the H61 chipset alongside four SATA 3Gbps ports. Around the back you get four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, a D-sub connector, a DVI connector, a 10/100Mbit Ethernet port and three audio jacks for 5.1-channel audio out. Finally the board has two pin headers for four USB 2.0 ports and a pin header each for a serial and parallel port.

h61mu3 Biostar unveils its H61 motherboards

Next up we have the H61MH which adds an HDMI port and upgrades the Ethernet port to Gigabit speed. The third and final model in this SKU is the H61MU3 with replaces two of the USB 2.0 ports with two USB 3.0 ports connected to an ASMedia controller.

h61mu3 2 Biostar unveils its H61 motherboards

The TH61U3+ differs by being a larger 24.4×24.4cm mATX board and although the board has the same rear port layout as the H61MU3, the rest of the board is quite different. This time around we have two x16 PCI Express slots, although the second one only has four lanes worth of bandwidth and there's also a single x1 PCI Express slot and a PCI slot. The board still only has two memory slots and four SATA 3Gbps ports and there are still two headers for four USB 2.0 ports and a serial port header, but no parallel port header. This board also uses a USB 3.0 host controller from Renesas rather than ASMedia.

th61u3p Biostar unveils its H61 motherboards

Maybe not the most exciting range of boards, but these should allow for cheaper Sandy Bridge builds, especially once Intel launches the cheaper processors. So now we're just waiting for the first Z68 chipset announcements, which may or may not happen during CeBIT.

Source: Biostar