Asus P8 H61-M LX Motherboard Review

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Asus P8 H61-M LX Rev 3.0 features UEFI BIOS (user-friendly and mouse activated), automatic energy saving, and surge protection. Asus P8 H61-MLX sports Intel H61 (B3) chipset, and supports LGA1155 socket CPUs. All processors from 2nd generation Intel dual core to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors are supported on Asus P8 H61-MLX. So, having Asus P8 H61-M LX motherboard will eliminate the need of switching to another motherboard when doing a processor upgrade. Asus P8 H61-M LX is supported on Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

What is in the box?

Asus P8 H61-MLX comes in an attractive box with colorful pictorial presentation of all its features. The box contains Asus P8 H61-M LX motherboard wrapped in a recyclable plastic packet, a slot cover for back panel ports, SATA cables, a user manual, and a quick start guide.

P8 h61 m lx motherboard



Features and design

The back panel of Asus P8 H61-M LX motherboard sports 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA port, 1 COM port, 1 parallel port, 3 audio ports, 1 RJ-45 Ethernet Jacks, and two PS/2 ports. It has 6 internal USB ports. However, Asus P8 H61-M LX does not support the new 6GB SATA. It only supports 3 GB SATA. It has four 3GB SATA ports for connecting up to 4 SATA devices at once.

P8 h61 m lx motherboardAsus P8 H61MLX features dual channel memory architecture. It has two DIMM slots for RAM. You can use up to 16GB DDR3 1333/1066 Hz RAM. Asus P8 H61MLX B3 Revision features Realtek ALC887 8-channel audio CODEC. However, in order to use 8 channel audio, you will have to buy a chassis (computer case) with HD audio module in the front, because, the back panel of Asus P8H61MLX only has three audio ports.

Asus P8 H61 MLX has 1 PCI Express 2.0×16 slot and 3 PCI Express 2.0×1 slots.

Performance

P8 h61 m lx motherboardASUS UEFI BIOS is a very attractive feature of the latest ASUS motherboards nowadays. Configuring different BIOS features and parameters is easy, thanks to UEFI BIOS. Overclocking processor, controlling fan speed has never been easier. The risk of Overclocking has been reduced with Asus’ CPR recovery. It also features ASUS EZ Flash 2, which lets you update BIOS using a pen drive.

We used Asus P8-H61 M LX in the computer configuration listed on Making a full entertainment desktop at $699. We used the same parts in other H61 chipset motherboards from different manufactures. Asus P8 H61 MLX outperformed them. Asus kept things quieter, cooler, and more stable. Most importantly, it speed up the whole system by 10% than other motherboards of its level.

ProsCons
Makes PC faster by 10%, affordable LGA1155 architecture motherboard, UEFI BIOS, anti-surge, 8 channel Realtex audio support, windows 7 ready.Only supports 3 GB SATA, no USB 3.0.

Conclusion

Asus P8 H61-M LX R3 Rev is an affordable motherboard that supports all CPUs with LGA1155 socket structure. You can use up to 16 GB RAM. New Intel Celeron, 2nd generation Intel Pentium Dual Core, 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Pentium processors such as Core i3, Core i5, and i7 are built on LGA1155 socket architecture. Nevertheless, this wide range of processor support will keep Asus P8 H61-M LX B3 Revision alive in the competition for a while.

Aside from the wide range of processor support, Asus P8 H61-M LX R3 Rev makes your computer faster by 10% than other motherboards of the same series. It has a durable design and comes with 3 years hardware warranty. We give Asus P8 H61-M LX R3 Rev 4.0 rating.



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