ASUS Launches Six New H81 Motherboards For Budget Haswell Systems

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2013 - 06:32 PM |
Tagged: H81, haswell, mini ITX, mATX, atx, motherboard, asus

ASUS recently announced six new Haswell-compatible motherboards using Intel's budget H81 chipset. The new motherboards come in full ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX form factors. The new boards include the ATX H81-Plus, the Mini-ITX H81I-Plus, and four Micro ATX boards: the H81M-Plus, H81M-A, H81M-C, and H81M-E. 

All of the boards have two DDR3 DIMM slots, a LGA 1150 CPU socket, and four SATA ports (two SATA III 6Gpbs and two SATA II 3Gbps). Aside from the physical dimensions, the boards vary in the number and type of PCI-E 2.0 connectors and rear IO port selection. Further, the motherboards feature ASUS' DIGI+ VRM and 5X protection (eg. overcurrent) technologies.

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The H81-Plus features four PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots and two PCI-E x1 slots. Rear IO includes:

  • 2 x PS/2
  • 1 x COM
  • 1 x Parallel
  • 1 x VGA
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN
  • 3 x analog audio ports

The Micro ATX H81M-Plus has a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot and three PCI-E x1 slots. It does not inlclude the parallel or COM ports on the rear IO, and instead provides digital video outputs. Specifically, the H81M-Plus provides the following rear IO.

  • 2 x PS/2
  • Video:
    • 1 x HDMI
    • 1 x DVI-D
    • 1 x VGA
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN
  • 3 x Analog audio ports

The other micro ATX boards are variations of this design with slightly different IO and PCI-E .1 configurations. The ASUS H81M-A has the same rear IO as the H81M-Plus but has only two PCI-E x1 slots. The H81M-E is nearly identical to the H81M-Plus above except that there is no HDMI video output on the back panel. Finally, the H81M-C features two PCI-E 2.0 x 16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, and switches out the HDMI port for a LPT parallel port stacked on top of the DVI and VGA ports on the rear IO panel.

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In addition to the ATX and Micro ATX motherboards, ASUS is launching the H81I-Plus, which is a Mini ITX motherboard for Intel Haswell processors and using the budget H81 chipset. The board has a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 connector and four SATA ports (two SATA 6Gbps). Rear IO on the Mini ITX H81I-Plus includes:

  • 1 x PS/2
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Video
    • 1 x HDMI
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN
  • 3 x Analog audio jacks

ASUS has not released official pricing or availability information, but expect the boards to be available soon for under $100.

Read more about H81 motherboards at PC Perspective.




Source: ASUS

August 21, 2013 | 08:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't USB 3 backwards compatible with USB 2?

Why isn't everything from here on out coming out only with USB 3?

August 22, 2013 | 12:55 AM - Posted by Terje Presthus (not verified)

I think there are still some driver issues. USB 3.0 is not mature enough yet.

Related video:

August 22, 2013 | 05:01 AM - Posted by amadsilentthirst

Also down to cost issues, it's more expensive, it also takes up more space on the MB for the traces etc.

Then you have to take into account that most of the devices you plug in to usb won't need usb3, mice, keyboards,low speed usbkeys etc.

August 22, 2013 | 07:24 AM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

I like this board - but which are the SATA 6G sockets (gold or grey ones)? Makes a big difference to cable management

August 22, 2013 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

According the the specs on the ASUS site, the gold colored ports are 6Gb/s and the grey colored ports are 3Gb/s...

August 22, 2013 | 11:42 AM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

Morry: thank you - it confirmed my fears. Fortunately on mini-itx builds I have not needed much SATA sockets: one for an optical drive, one for an SSD and if feeling generous an HD. SATA3 are placed sensibly so fine and it looks as though a SATA 6 cable could be threaded between memory and Graphics card (probably need to use a round cable with straight rather than right angled plug (moving the SATA6 socket up the board so beside heat sink would have been better)

In other words motherboard design layout is not that good - but I have issues with virtually all mini-ITX and Matx boards

January 28, 2014 | 10:48 PM - Posted by Amomynous (not verified)

Does the H81M-A really have a pcie 2.0 x16 slot? Because i don't think it's written on the official website.


April 19, 2014 | 10:53 AM - Posted by Carl Wilson (not verified)

I noticed the same thing on the website. Just says PCIe slot running at x16. Doesn't say what version, 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0!

June 20, 2014 | 12:18 PM - Posted by Bacolod Chess (not verified)

Hi, can I install 1866MHZ RAM on ASUS H81M Motherboards? 1866MHZ RipjawsX, Corsair Vengeance, or Crucial Ballistix Elite. If yes, I know it will down clock to 1600. But does the H81M boards has an option to OC the RAM back to 1866? thanks a lot

August 12, 2014 | 12:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what is the difference between h81 m-c motherboard and h81 m-k motherboard? which one is better?

January 12, 2015 | 09:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous junb (not verified)


future devices would be USB 3, at least you would be ready for them.mbasee

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