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Foxconn H61M-S review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £43
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

Rating ***
Processor socket LGA1155
Form factor ATX
Size 198x244mm
Processor support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 (Sandy Bridge)
Processor external bus 200MHz (DMI)
Chipset north bridge Intel H61 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel H61 Express
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3 1066/1333
Maximum memory speed PC3-10600
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £43

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 1
Dual graphics architecture none
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 1
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC662 (3x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 4/3
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports 2x USB3, 2x SATA3, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security 2011

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment none
CPU clock max adjustment N/A

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