Foxconn H61M-S review

Tom Morgan
7 Mar 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

H61 motherboards are very inexpensive, but the H61M-S isn’t great value for money



LGA1155, ATX, Intel H61 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)

Foxconn’s H61M-S uses the H61 chipset, which is intended to be used in entry-level LGA1155 systems. Take one look and the board’s budget heritage is clear to see, because it only has a single PCI-Express x16 slot, one PCI-Express x1 slot and two PCI slots on offer. Worse still, installing a dual-slot graphics card obscures the PCI-E x1 lane.

Foxconn H61M-S

The rest of the board is equally spartan, although the ports that are included are rather cluttered. The four SATA2 ports and two SATA3 ports point outwards instead of to the side, which can make cable management a chore. Plus, the front I/O panel headers aren’t labelled, which means you’ll need to keep the manual close to hand. Three USB headers can increase the number of ports from the included four, but because there are no USB3 headers you’re limited to the two on the rear I/O panel.

Foxconn H61M-S

It has one HDMI, one VGA and one DVI port, which means you’ll have plenty of choice if you plan on using your processor’s integrated GPU. Audio I/O is somewhat limited because there are only three 3.5mm jacks, but these can be reassigned to act as inputs or outputs.

Foxconn H61M-S

Although it performed very well in our benchmarks, it’s difficult to recommend the H61M-S. It has a very compact board layout and there's no way to overclock your system using the BIOS. Therefore, it doesn’t represent good value for money, even at £43.

If you’re looking to build a PC on a very tight budget, then consider an AMD-based system instead, with lower motherboard and processor costs. Otherwise, you'll be muuch better off buying a slightly more expensive board, such as the excellent Asus P8Z68-V LX.

Basic Specifications

Processor socketLGA1155
Form factorATX
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
Processor external bus200MHz (DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H61 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel H61 Express
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333
Maximum memory speedPC3-10600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information


Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers1
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none


Wired network ports1x 10/100
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC662 (3x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers4/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports2x USB3, 2x SATA3, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2011

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentnone
CPU clock max adjustmentN/A

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