Thursday, February 27th 2020

BIOSTAR Launches A Reboot of The H61 Series Motherboards

BIOSTAR, a leading brand of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices, today introduces the H61MHV2 motherboard that supports Intel's 2nd and 3rd generation Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors in the 1155 package. BIOSTAR has been a manufacturer of robust and highly reliable motherboards for many years and has a wide range of models on both Intel and AMD platforms to choose from and a plethora of supplementary components catering to many user preferences.

Due to popular demand and the availability of supporting components, BIOSTAR has decided to relaunch Intel's H61 chipset series motherboards with the all-new H61MHV2 motherboard, a reboot of its popular predecessor the IH61MF-Q5. Built in a Micro-ATX form factor, the H61MHV2 motherboard is packed with some of the most requested upgrades build to be compatible with the old architecture and looks to provide a robust, affordable and highly reliable user experience that caters consumers who are looking for a good motherboard to upgrade their existing office workstation without breaking the bank.
The H61MHV2 motherboard is equipped to support 2 DIMMs of DDR3 rams that offer better bandwidth and has a lower operating voltage range for lower power consumption. It is also equipped with HD Audio and HDMI which offer crystal clear sound effects and high definition video output that provide users with a more immersive experience for daily content consumption and gaming. The H61MHV2 is also equipped with GbE LAN that delivers 10 times faster speeds than traditional Ethernet LAN and deals with heavy applications without any latency and is backwards compatible with any existing GbE devices.

Feature Highlights
  • DDR3 Memory: Offers better bandwidth and has a lower operating voltage range to consume less system power.
  • HD Audio: Offers crystal clear sound effects to allow you to feel as if you were present, when you watch videos, shows or movies. Immerse yourself in the theater every day
  • HDMI: Enjoy online high definition content and play games without having to worry about performance or quality.
  • GbE LAN: Delivers 10 times faster than traditional Ethernet LAN and deals with heavy applications without any latency. It's backward compatible with existing GbE devices.
  • A sleek rear I/O panel: The BIOSTAR H61MHV2 features: 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 4x USB 2.0 Ports, 1x HDMI Port, 1x VGA Port, 1x GbE LAN Port, 3x Audio Jacks.
Overall the BIOSTAR H61MHV2 motherboard is an amazing upgrade for office users who like to run basic tasks such as browsing the web, sending emails and running office applications in a reliable and affordable package.

For more information, visit the product page.
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26 Comments on BIOSTAR Launches A Reboot of The H61 Series Motherboards

#2
jmcslob
Chomiq
Wait what?! Why?
I7-2600k for $50 is why.

this looks like an H81 I bought off AliExpress
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#3
the54thvoid
Could this be CoVID19 related? There are massive shipping and production issues due to quarantine in China. Maybe stockpiles exist elsewhere? This could be a way to move older products.
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#4
Romukas
I still use my LGA1155 system I built in early 2013 as my main desktop at home and it works just fine. Couple months ago I swapped i5-3350P for a Xeon E3 1270 V2 (i7-3770 equivalent) for a 60 € from Aliexpress and it's great.
Then I bought Chinese Kllisre B75 motherboard for 42 €, and with a i5-3350P and some spare parts lying around I built another system for some quality LAN gaming with kids. If this Biostar MB was available locally at a time for a similar price I would have bought it instead. So I see a niche for it.
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#5
Rebe1
"BIOSTAR, a leading brand of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices,"

Leading brand?? :D :D :D
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#6
Arcdar
jmcslob
I7-2600k for $50 is why.

this looks like an H81 I bought off AliExpress
Or Xeon E3-1260 / 1270 / 1280 / 1290 --- starting at $50 going up to $80. You can even run the Xeon E3 v2's (1270 v2 with 3.5 GHz base up to 3.9 GHz boost with 4c / 8t and less than $100 ). They are actually quite nice if you're not intending on OC.

But yes, for OC the 2600k is at an amazing Price/value Point Right now (the 2700k and 3770k are just not worth it for what is being asked for them - in some cases you can get a 2011 board and a Xeon e5-2680 for the same Price as a single 3770k )
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#7
P4-630
Meltdown/Spectre and more... Anyone?
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#8
Romukas
P4-630
Meltdown/Spectre and more... Anyone?
They were patched either with BIOS updates or Windows mitigations (or both), and yeah they slowed down the system, in my case it was especially obvious with virtual OS performance in Virtualbox.
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#9
Octopuss
WHY?
This makes no sense whatsoever.
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#10
Chomiq
P4-630
Meltdown/Spectre and more... Anyone?
What's the use case here? Certainly not corporations switching over to 10 year old tech.
Do they want to dump this on internet cafes in Asia or what?
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#11
natr0n
I got some spare chips to use for this board. :D
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#12
Flanker
I thought this is a necro'ed thread o_O
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#13
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I honestly think this is a good thing. Sandy/Ivy ≥2c/4t chips can be found for pennies but motherboards are a bit rarer and more expensive (at least where I live) and to be frank they are still plenty powerful for everything avarege consumers do with them. We have those at work, and even a q9400 machine, and the only reason they are slightly annoying to use is because they have HDDs.
Chomiq
What's the use case here? Certainly not corporations switching over to 10 year old tech.
Do they want to dump this on internet cafes in Asia or what?
This is a tangent, but corporations and various orgs really replace their machines way too often. Many government agencies have a three year cadence when they could easily keep them for at least twice that. I would applaud anyone setting up a new shop with these boards and old Ivy i5s/Xeons found on ebay.
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#14
john_
Usually Biostar is 6-12 months late to the party. But this time they really outdone themselves.
I am waiting for the DDR2 model because DDR2 "Offers better bandwidth and has a lower operating voltage range to consume less system power. "
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#15
Logoffon
john_
I am waiting for the DDR2 model because DDR2 "Offers better bandwidth and has a lower operating voltage range to consume less system power. "
The thing is, all Sandy and Ivy bridge, as well as Nehalem and Westmere CPUs has only DDR3 IMC, so it's impossible for a DDR2 version of this unless they use some sort of a "converter" chip, which I don't think it exists.
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#16
Parn
Built in a Micro-ATX form factor, the H61MHV2 motherboard is packed ...
Isn't the board in mini-ITX form factor instead?

H81 and 4th gen i5/i7 can also be found around similar prices, so why going back to H61?
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#17
Octopuss
I just don't understand why H61 and not something one or two generations newer at least. This is old as fak.
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#18
gamefoo21
I thought it was hilarious seeing Z170 boards still floating around but this is definitely classic. This is likely for old boxes that still do their jobs perfectly fine and it's cheaper to replace the mobo than an entire new box.
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#19
Ubersonic
Octopuss
I just don't understand why H61 and not something one or two generations newer at least. This is old as fak.
It actually makes a LOT of sense. There are a LOT of people still out there with 2xxx/3xxx CPUs that will long outlast their motherboards (that's the reason there's such big money in Chinese knockoff X79 boards).

As for why that generation, you see one generation newer would be 70 series which means the CPU support would be exactly the same (7x was the Ivy Bridge revision of LGA1155) so zero point there it would just raise costs. Two generations would be 80 series so only 4xxx series CPU support (6xxx series used Z170), and 4xxx is such a small upgrade over 2xxx/3xxx that it's not noticeable outside of benchmark apps.

Also the LGA1155 i5/i7 CPUs were the biggest selling of the i5/i7 line so has the biggest target customer base for the new boards.
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#20
Assimilator
I wish PC news sites would stop publishing Biostar's s**tty press releases for ancient products.
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#21
john_
Logoffon
The thing is, all Sandy and Ivy bridge, as well as Nehalem and Westmere CPUs has only DDR3 IMC, so it's impossible for a DDR2 version of this unless they use some sort of a "converter" chip, which I don't think it exists.
I was kidding. In 2020 you can't reuse marketing phrases from 2011. DDR3 does NOT offer better bandwidth and lower operation voltage today, compared with DDR4 that is the standard memory used in all modern PCs.
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#23
timta2
Assimilator
I wish PC news sites would stop publishing Biostar's s**tty press releases for ancient products.
You could just choose to ignore or not read them.
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#24
Logoffon
Parn
Isn't the board in mini-ITX form factor instead?
It's mini-DTX, as this is as wide as mITX but one slot longer.
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#25
Sir Alex Ice
FFS I just shelled 200 or so Euros on making an almost entirely new AMD system. And now this news comes up.

I felt it was about time to replace an old 1155 based one that had a badly broken PCI Express slot for VGA. As I could find only boards made using second hand chipsets recovered from broken systems, I did not feel comfortable buying from Aliexpress.

I could have replaced just the motherboard with this one, if it became available in my country and it would have been a much better cost and less work for me. Not to mention it would probably not have needed to re-activate Windows and Office.
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