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Asrock H67M-GE/HT review

Kat Orphanides
22 Mar 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
89
inc VAT

Our new favourite LGA1155 motherboard fits a massive range of features into a small microATX form factor and modest price.

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Specifications

LGA1155, microATX, Intel H67 chipset, supports: 2nd gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

Asrock’s H67M-GE/HT is a surprisingly inexpensive LGA1155 motherboard with a wealth of features. It doesn’t have many expansion slots, though - just one PCI, one PCI-E x16 and two PCI-E x1 slots, one of which will be blocked if you install a graphics card with a large cooler.

Four memory card slots can take 32GB of DDR3 RAM at a maximum speed of 2,100MHz. We were impressed by the glossy, graphical UEFI (the new BIOS replacement), and by the ease of overclocking. Even without any overclocking, this H67-based motherboard did well in our tests, scoring 176 Overall.

Asrock H67M-GE/HT

The H67M-GE/HT takes advantage of the Intel Core CPUs’ integrated graphics processing capabilities with VGA, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI ports on the back panel. The HDMI port meets the HDMI 1.4a standard, which supports 3D Blu-ray provided you have appropriate playback software. The onboard graphics of LGA1155 processors also support HD Blu-ray audio, making this an attractive motherboard for a media centre PC. Also rattling around the box are a USB IR module, a media centre remote control and a USB3 front panel connector.

There are also two USB3 ports on the back panel, as well as another four standard USB ports and an eSATA port. A PS/2 port lets you save at least one USB port. A further four USB headers, including one USB3 header, allow you to add eight more ports. The motherboard also has two SATA3 ports and three SATA2 ports.

Asrock H67M-GE/HT ports

The original release of this board had issues with the SATA2 ports relating to its Sandy Bridge chipset. These have now been fixed, with a B3 stepping versions of the board, and you shouldn't be able to find the flawed board on sale any more.

Asrock’s H67M-GE/HT is a brilliant combination of value and features, making it our Best Buy LGA1155 motherboard, despite its meagre one-year warranty. If you don't require the additional bits and pieces, most notably the media centre remote, then you should buy the cheaper version, the Asrock H67M-GE, instead.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Processor socketLGA1155
Form factormicroATX
Size244x244mm
Processor support2nd gen Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus100MHz (20Gbit/s DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H67
Chipset south bridgeIntel H67
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600(OC)/2000(OC)/2100(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-10600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory32GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£89
Supplierhttp://www.rebelgadgets.com
Detailswww.asrock.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports5
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel H67 (6x SATA2/3, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (5x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/4
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, parallel header, serial header
Other ports1x eSATA, 2x USB3, 2x SATAIII, VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets included1x USB3
Software includeddrivers

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustmentN/A

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