Motherboard tier list: H81 chipset

H81 chipset:



The H81 chipset is the "budget" option, being the least expensive active chipset, it is very limited compared to the other consumer chipsets. It does not support SLI/Crossfire at all (natively), has only two SATA 6Gb/s ports (plus four SATA 3Gb/s ports), and only two USB 3.0 headers. Finally, H81 only supports one DIMM per memory channel so it will be limited to a maximum of two sticks of RAM.

H81 is a great option for small form factor systems where you rarely have more than one discrete card and a couple of SATA drives. It is perfect for media centers, general purpose desktops, office computers, and most importantly, it is great for OCing the budget-oriented dual-core unlocked Pentium, for which the boards have unlocked multiplier. For around $100 for CPU+MoBo (CPU being Pentium) you get great performance for price and some OCing fun. Also, it is good option for entry level gaming systems with single GPU and Pentium/ i3.

Since it does not have many features to sort out from in first place, quality and value/money have been given priorities while tiering them. Check each tier’s description for more info.



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Tier One: High quality. Great boards for OCing the Pentium, have all standard features, ie., SATA3 and USB 3.0. Separated by form factor. Quality is decent.


mATX Form Factor:


H81M-D PLUS
H81M-HDS
H81M-E34
H81M (CFX capable, though definitely not recommended to be done)
H81M Eco
H81M-P33 V2
H81M-E35 V2
H81M-HD3
CSM-H81M-P32
H81M-PLUS

Mini-ITX Form Factor:

H81M-ITX/WIFI (No USB 3.0 but has WiFi)
MSI H81I
H81I-PLUS


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Tier Two: Good quality. Fine boards for OCing, lack USB 3.0 but are otherwise decent. Seperated by form factor. Quality is fine for everyday use.


ATX Form Factor:


H81 Pro BTC
GA-H81-D3

mATX Form Factor:

GA-H81M-H
H81M-P33
H81M-DGS R2.0
H81M-E33
H81M-K
GA-H81M-DS2V
H81M-A
GA-H81M-HD2
H81M-E
GA-H81M-S2PH
GA-H81M-S2PV
GA-H81M-DS2
H81M-C/CSM

Mini-ITX Form Factor:

H81M-ITX
GA-H81N

Thin Mini-ITX Form Factor:

H81TM-ITX R2.0
GA-H81TN
H81T/CSM



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NOTE: This thread is a part of the article series 'Motherboard tier list'.
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  1. Posting to prevent auto-deletion.
  2. Would the H81 Pro BTC even overclock a G3258?
  3. According to a reliable source (HERE), it does support OCing for Pentium.
  4. MeteorsRaining said:
    According to a reliable source (HERE), it does support OCing for Pentium.


    How would I overclock it? Update the BIOS then use what to OC it?
  5. The UEFI BIOS features a "Non-Z OC" section which'll help in OCing.
  6. MeteorsRaining said:
    The UEFI BIOS features a "Non-Z OC" section which'll help in OCing.


    Good to know. Anyway, I've decided to get an Asus H81M-Plus and a G3258 so I'll accept 4.2Ghz but I'll try push up to 4.6Ghz.
  7. No one can guarantee what core speeds you'd get as they're majorly dependent on silicon lottery, but in terms of MoBo, you won't be held back, in reasonable terms.
  8. MeteorsRaining said:
    No one can guarantee what core speeds you'd get as they're majorly dependent on silicon lottery, but in terms of MoBo, you won't be held back, in reasonable terms.


    Hence why I said I'll try to get a decent OC.
  9. Really useful info and ty. I've the H81M-PLUS and G3258, 4.2 is not a problem at all taking all UEFI 'Auto' options and stock fan. Mileage may vary for others and >4.2 resulted in temp/stability issues and GL to those attempting (it CAN be done, look around).

    My Q is whether the H81 can overclock the i5-4690K and i7-4790K, which use same 1150 socket (see http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2013/07/25/intel-overclocking-block/1 ). And if not, why not?

    (Yes, I know why would you put an expensive chip with an el cheapo mobo but some of us might be waiting for these chips to come down to <$100 used and 'make do' with the $65 G3258 in interim...)
  10. How well does the Asus H81M-C/CSM motherboard OC an G3258?
  11. CompGee said:
    How well does the Asus H81M-C/CSM motherboard OC an G3258?
    I don't think it's so much mobo-dependent. If it fits the 1150 socket the G3258 will OC- assuming the board permits it- up to what the "Silicon Lottery" and other factors (fan(s), thermal paste) allow it to.

    In my case (H81M-PLUS, G3258, Stock fan) 4.2GHz is not a problem, though that's my CPU lottery++ limit, beyond which the system freezes. Others have gotten better performance with extra cooling++ (and/or a better lottery ticket).
  12. You are not limited to overclocking a pentium with a H81 motherboard. You can also overclock an i5. See my signature for more details.
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