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Gigabyte: Three H61 Motherboards in Thin Mini ITX for Sandy Bridge

In early September, Gigabyte had presented a Thin Mini ITX motherboard: the MSH61DI. The manufacturer has since then expanded its range which now includes two additional models: the MSH61DK and MSH61PI.

Remember, this format uses exactly the same size as the Mini ITX (17×17 microns), but with a much smaller thickness (about 2 cm only), so ideal for HTPC machines or all-in-one.

As the name implies, MSH61PI, MSH61DK and MSH61DI all three have an Intel H61 coupled with an LGA 1155, so they can accommodate a Sandy Bridge generation processor. Note by the TDP against the CPU should not exceed 65 watts for the first, against 95 watts for its two older sisters.


(MSH61PI, MSH61DK and MSH61DI)

They all include two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots that can accommodate up to 8GB (2x 4GB) of RAM at 1333 MHz. The power will be supplied to the motherboard by an external unit similar to those of laptops.

All three share a large part of their technical characteristics, the following details:

  • 2 S-ATA 3 Gbps ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 HDMI 1.4 video output
  • 1 optical audio output
  • 1 audio jack of 3.5 mm
  • 1 gigabit network port
  • 1 connector for external power
  • 1 LVDS connector (interface often used for slabs laptops)

Back of the MSH61DK, but the other are identical in terms of connectivity

The difference between the cards is essentially the internal connections. Indeed, the MSH61PI has an Express Card slot, the MSH61DK offers two mini PCIe slots (one full length and one half length) while the MSH61DI includes a mSATA port. Note that on the latter, a Mini-Card PCIe half-length with a wireless controller is pre-installed on one of two locations.

As often, the manufacturer has not disclosed the price and availability date for its various motherboards.

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