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Foxconn H61MX review

It may be a basic motherboard, but the Foxconn H61MX is Sandy Bridge for £60

Our Verdict

If you are on a very tight budget and want to experience what the Sandy Bridge CPUs are like, then the H61MX might be worth having a look at, but even then we're not that sure.

For

  • A cheap way into Sandy Bridge
  • Does what it says on the tin

Against

  • Few added extras
  • Too pared back in terms of features

If you want a Sandy Bridge board for a bargain price the Foxconn H61MX may just be the baord for you.

While all the flashy high-end motherboards make the news, win awards and make many a geek swoon, the real bread and butter end of the market is down at the other end of the coalface in the value market segment.

Here, making boards that don't cost that much to build and shifting them in huge numbers is the name of the game.

Although you may find some motherboard manufacturers using the B65 business orientated chipset in this market segment, Intel's de-facto chipset for the value end of the market is the H61 Express.

This is basically a cut down version of the H67, with only SATA 3Gbps support and up to 10 USB 2.0 ports instead of 14, making it an ideal platform for entry-level PCs.

One of the first boards to use the chipset to make it to our test bench is the H61MX from industry giants Foxconn.

Compared to the MSI's H61MU-E35, the H61MX looks, and is, a basic entry-level board. Not that there's anything wrong with that, as long the price tag reflects it.

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 NameFoxconn
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron Dual-Core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory8 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces4
RAID SupportedNo
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports6
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots2
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Width243.8 mm
Depth203.2 mm
ManufacturerFoxconn Electronics, Inc
Product ModelH61MX EL
Product NameH61MX EL Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberMB-H61MX-EL
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.foxconn.com
Marketing Information

Mainstream segement MB, target to meet DDR3 platform demands of enthusiasts and gamers. support LGA1155 for Intel sandybridge processors with H61 single chipset. the H61MX EL allows you to build powerful PCs on a budget. Supporting dual channel 2 DIMMs DDR3 memory up to 8GB at 1600MHz?Overclocking), it is the best MB with HDMI, DVI and VGA integrated. Gigabit LAN and 8-channel HD audio are also included on this Microsoft Vista certified and Windows 7 ready motherboard.