MSI H61MU-E35 review

Bargain power - the two words MSI wants associated with its H61MU-E35 board

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While the H61 chipset doesn't allow for overclocking on the processing part of the Sandy Bridge CPUs, it does allow some overclocking on the integrated graphics core.

We were able to overclock the graphics to a maximum of 1350MHz but in all honesty it doesn't appear to make a lot of difference, just adding a couple of frames per second in the DiRT 2 benchmark.

We've put it up against one of our favourite micro-ATX P67 boards, the Asus P8P67M-Pro, just to show how close in actual stock performance the two chipsets are.

CPU rendering performance

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CPU video encoding performance

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Discrete graphics performance

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CPU graphics performance

(Stock and overclocked)

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelH61 Express
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameMSI
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i5, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
Number of Memory Slots2
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Fast EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces4
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports3
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Width245 mm
Depth215 mm
ManufacturerMicro-Star International Co., Ltd
Product ModelH61MU-E35 (B3)
Product NameH61MU-E35 (B3) Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberH61MU-E35 (B3)
Manufacturer Website Address