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ASUS H81I-PLUS/CSM LGA1150 Mini ITX 2XSATA 6GB/S 2XSATA 3GB/S 1xPCIe16 Dual Channel Motherboard

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Product Reviews

ASUS H81I-PLUS/CSM LGA1150 Mini ITX 2XSATA 6GB/S 2XSATA 3GB/S 1xPCIe16 Dual Channel Motherboard
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 9.33/10
With 3 User Reviews

Review Date: 03/12/14
Cons: Chipset is pretty stripped down

Pros: Compact, good quality
Went together really well for a small mitx htpc build. Rock solid with a i3-4130 and 8gb of RAM. I would recommend it even if the chipset and board are a little basic. The graphic BIOS setup is kind of neat but limited in options. This is not a performance board, but it is good for what it does.

Review Date: 03/07/14
Cons: pale yellow/gold color scheme, only two fan headers

Pros: it has all the features I would ever need in a SFF/MITX build, relatively good board layout, very refined UEFI bios
I'm doing my first mITX build and this was more of an experiment. I was pleasantly surprised that ASUS did not cut corners on their implementation of the UEFI bios for this low end board. Why H81? First, I am not planning on overclocking. This is going to be paired with a non-K processor anyway. 2 SATA-II and 2 SATA-III ports. A typical setup would be an SSD,HDD and ODD. Both the HDD and ODD would be perfectly happy with the SATA-II connection. PCIE-2x only. MITX supports a single GPU anyway and I dont intend to run anything higher than a 7870/R9-270X/660Ti/760 (based on current cards) on this board anyway, so the PCIE slot should have more than sufficient bandwidth.The most important factor for me is the board layout. The processor socket is almost perfectly located centrally that it does not interfere with any components. With even a small board like this, a full sized tower cooler like the coolermaster hyper 212 plus/evo clears all of the motherboard chips and capacitors.All the connectors are still accessible even with a big cooler. Naturally, an AIO cooler would free up more space but that's a different point to consider.Unfortunately it only has two fan headers. A third would be appreciated since a typical system would have a front intake, a rear exhaust and of course the CPU fan.No wifi. No bluetooth. These are not dealbreakers fpr me since this machine is going to be connected by wire. An Asus USB-N13 is on standby should I need wifi.But why did Asus have to make the memory slot, pcie slot and heatsink yellow/gold? I know color is a matter of preference but this color scheme is a little bit harder to match with other components. Aesthetics doesnt make it go faster or slower but sometimes you have to make builds look nice internally as well.

Review Date: 02/05/14
Cons: - None as of yet

Pros: - ASUS quality- Great connectivity options- Decent software suite- Decent price
This board is very nice for a small PC build. I used it for an HTPC and it works wonderfully. Having HDMI and USB3.0 is a nice little bonus. Not much else to say - hopefully it lasts.

Product Features

Media-renowned UEFI BIOS from ASUS provides the smoothest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS, and now features more intuitive functions to quickly take you to favorite BIOS pages and frequently-accessed settings through custom shortcuts. You can even write quick notes in-BIOS for future reference, view an activity log of setting changes and modifications, and rename SATA ports. EZ mode has a look, upgraded with extra-friendly capabilities like detailed fan controls, XMP profile settings, SATA information, and fast clock adjustment. Together, these perfect your BIOS experience.

With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction. Even if you work with a smaller case, plugging in memory is easy with one-sided clips that are right at the edge of the board and always accessible. Just push down on the clip and push or pull RAM modules in or out - couldn't be simpler!


   Product Type:  Motherboard - mini ITX
   Chipset Type:  Intel H81 Express
   Processor Socket:  LGA1150 Socket
   Max Processors Qty:  1
   Compatible Processors:  Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Supported RAM
   Max Size:  16 GB
   Technology:  DDR3
   Bus Clock:  1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1066 MHz
   Supported RAM Integrity Check:  Non-ECC
   Registered or Buffered:  Unbuffered
   Features:  Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)

   Max Allocated RAM Size:  1024 MB

   Type:  HD Audio (8-channel)
   Audio Codec:  Realtek ALC887
   Compliant Standards:  High Definition Audio

   Network Controller:  Realtek RTL8111G
   Network Interfaces:  Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity
   Expansion Slot(s):  1 x CPU 2 x DIMM 240-pin 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
   Storage Interfaces:  SATA-600 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 device(s) SATA-300 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 device(s)
   Interfaces:  1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse 1 x HDMI 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) 2 x USB 3.0 1 x DVI-D 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack 1 x microphone - mini-jack 4 x USB 2.0 1 x VGA
   Internal Interfaces:  4 x USB 2.0 - header 2 x USB 3.0 - header 1 x serial - header 1 x SPDIF out - header 1 x audio - header
   Power Connectors:  4-pin ATX12V connector, 24-pin main power connector

   BIOS Type:  AMI
   BIOS Features:  DMI 2.0 support, WfM 2.0 support, ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution, ASUS EZ Flash 2, UEFI BIOS, SMBIOS 2.7 support, ACPI 4.0a support
   Sleep / Wake Up:  Wake on LAN (WOL)
   Hardware Features:  ASUS Anti-Surge Protection, ESD Guards, Q-DIMM, ASUS EZ DIY, CrashFree BIOS 3, ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit), Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, ASUS Fan Xpert, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, ASUS DIGI+ VRM, Conductive Polymer Capacitors, ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology, ASUS Network iControl, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Intel Smart

   Included Accessories:  I/O back plate
   Cables Included:  2 x Serial ATA cable
   Software Included:  Drivers & utilities, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS AI Charger+, ASUS Update, ASUS AI Suite III
   Compatible with Windows 7:  "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft?s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
   Compliant Standards:  Plug and Play, ACPI 2.0a, ErP Ready
   Width:  6.7 in
   Depth:  6.7 in

Product Specifications

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