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Asrock H77M-ITX Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #41 in Intel Motherboards

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Pros: Looks great, Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0 support, lots of features

Cons: No overclocking on H77 chipset

The ITX motherboard has come a long way this generation, since getting smaller seems to be a decent focus right now.

This board is great for HTPC duty or a lightweight LAN rig if you don't need to overclock. It doesn't have all the features on its bigger brother, the Z77 ITX, but it does cost 2/3 the price. It looks great with the all-black color scheme, which may be important to some people.

One of the biggest highlights of this board is the boot times. I have literally never used a faster booting board, and it beats some of the other ones I have used cold booting vs sleep resume. It takes only 17 seconds from pressing the button to being at the desktop ready to go - with a break in the middle to type my password - with just about any decent SSD.

Power consumption is also very good, pairing my board with an Intel Xeon E3-1220 (80w) and a GTX 460, my idle/non-gaming power use is only 43w at the wall, most of which I can assume is the GPU.

Gaming wise, it works great even if it can't overclock. It matches my previous 3930k rig with the same GPU at the same settings so I have no problems there.

Some other nice features, it does have 2x PWM fan headers, and USB 3.0 header on board. The onboard audio works great, based on the Realtek ALC892 chip.

All in all, a great board for $99 and I would not hesitate to buy it again for the same use. The UEFI BIOS is easy to use and well laid out, performance is stellar. thumb.gif
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Number of Memory Slots: 2×240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 1600/1333/1066 Onboard Video Chipset: None Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC892 Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps SATA 3Gb/s: 2 CPU Type: Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155) Supported CPU Technologies: Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPU Supports Hyper-Threading Technology

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