It’s been 5 months now since Intel launched latest Sandy Bridge structure.
The first launch is LGA 1155 socket P67/H67 chipset for different segments.
P67 is for K series CPU to have OC clock ratio features and without GPU output.
H67 is for Sandy Bridge CPU graphics output feature but no CPU OC function.
According to LGA 1156 H57 chipset, H67 is for higher price segment.
There should be some parity chipset like H55. This time the new chipset is H61.
H61 has 2 key differences with H67. One is RAID and the other one is SATA3.
However, H61 price is lower. For worksheet or not much expanding requirement users, it can be the better choice.
Many MB brands launch their H61 products since March.
H61 price segment is decided by graphics output ports and USB3 support.
This review is entry H61 and model name is GIGABYTE H61M-D2P-B3.
The box design is simple and clean. White back and some wordings emphasize the spec.
GIGABYTE H61M-D2P-B3 Board
Due to Intel B2 issue, GIGABYTE in most Sandy Bridge chipset product adds B3.
B3 can avoid users to buy the old version. Actually, now you are hard to find B2 boards already.
100% Japanese Solid Caps and blue PCB as usual.
Micro ATX size is 24.4cm x 20.0cm which is suitable for All in one built-in GPU system.
Product manual, Quick installation guide, IO panel, SATA cables and utility CD
2 X PCI-E X16, first one is X16 and second one is X4.
2 X PCI
Realtek RTL8111E LAN Chip
Realtek ALC889 Audio Chip supports 7.1 channels and High Definition Audio technology.
4 X blue SATA provided by H61 which are SATA2 and no RAID support.
There are 2 USB 2.0 front port connectors to support 4 USB 2.0 devices in front panel.
2 X DIMM DDR3 support 800/1066/1333. DDR3 max capacity is 16GB.
Next is 24-PIN power connector.
4+1+1 phases PWM which is enough for 32nm CPU.
Left is 4Pin power connector.
1 X PS2 Keyboard
1 X PS2 Mouse
6 X USB 2.0(Black)
1 X RJ-45 LAN