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Gigabyte H81M-S2PV review

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Price when reviewed : £39
inc VAT

This micro-ATX's H81 chipset is fairly limited, but its budget price makes it a good choice for a very simple, entry level PC


LGA1150, microATX, Intel H81 Express chipset, supports: 4th generation Intel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7

Measuring just 244x180mm, the Gigabyte H81M-S2PV is a tiny microATX LGA1150 motherboard that uses Intel’s H81 chipset. It supports Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell Core processors, making it a best suited to a small home PC.

Gigabyte H81M-S2PV

With its sensible layout, building on it is simple. Since space at a premium, there’s understandably not much room for expansion, but the H81M-S2PV still provides a good range. There’s one PCI-E x16 slot running at the full bandwidth, one PCI-E x1 slot for additional cards and two legacy PCI slots. Unsurprisingly, this means there’s no dual-graphics support, so this board will only be able to support a single graphics card.

This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re building a PC on a tight budget or aren’t interested in games. There are two SATA2 and two SATA3 ports, so you can use the faster ports for SSDs, using the slower ports for regular hard disks and optical drives. This is a limitation of the H81 chipset, but isn’t likely to be a serious limitation to most people.

Gigabyte H81M-S2PV

The chipset also restricts how much RAM you can install, as its two DDR3 memory slots can only support a maximum capacity of 16GB at speeds of up to 1,600MHz. This means you won’t be able to install the fastest RAM, but with memory making the smallest amount of difference to system performance, it’s not too bad a restriction if you’re building a budget PC.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor socket LGA1150
Form factor microATX
Size 244x180mm
Processor support 4th generation Intel Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7
Processor external bus 100MHz
Chipset north bridge Intel H81 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel H81 Express
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3
Maximum memory speed PC3-12800
Memory slots 2
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £39

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-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 2
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 2
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC887 (3x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 4/4
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 2x PS/2, serial
Other ports VGA, DVI
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included none

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 8,000MHz

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