With the new B3 revision of the Sandy Bridge/Cougar Point chipsets rolling out, ECS is now rolling out the lower end 61 series boards. These new boards will come in six flavours: H61H2-M, H61H2-M2, H61H2-M3, H61H2-M5, H61H2-I2 and H61H2-A. Yes they are all numbered names to increase the confusion but all of them use Intel HD Graphics onboard and take the new LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors. Further deciphering the names, you’ll see that the first four boards with an “Mx” designation will be Micro ATX while the one with the “Ix” designation will be mini ITX. The last board is a full sized ATX designated by a single “A”.

The boards will come with their eJIFFY, eBLU, eDLU and eSF utilities and will hit lower price points than their 67 series brethren. They will also be built specifically to power Sandy Bridge dual core chips like the new Core i3 LGA1155. Since Intel HD graphics and Quick Sync do a lot of the heavy lifting for video processing, this should be an overall decent budget solution for that second machine in the house. No price or availability was imparted to us, but you can read the full press release and gawk at some beauty shots below.

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ECS Introduces H61 Series motherboards, the New Family Members for IntelR 6 Series Express Chipsets Motherboards

Taipei, Taiwan, Feb 21st, 2011 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) as the pioneer in the motherboard industry with the best quality and the leading position introduces the latest IntelR H61 series express chipset motherboards. With ECS H61 series motherboards, ECS presents the complete motherboard options powered by P67, H67 and H61 express chipsets supporting the 2nd generation IntelR CoreTM processor family. The complete series family provides plentiful choices for users from heavy-gaming need to entry-level requirement. At the same time, IntelR also releases the new Sandy Bridge Dual-core processors for users to have more solution plans with less price.

ECS H61 Series, the Highest Cost effective Motherboards Series

With the newest B3 stepping chipset, users can fully enjoy the SATA 3 Gb/s performance without worrying about degrade performance due to previous B2 stepping chipset. ECS introduces a series of H61 motherboards H61H2-M, H61H2-M2, H61H2-M3, H61H2-M5, H61H2-I2 and H61H2-A with affordable price and great performance. H61 series integrated with IntelR HD Graphics support users to enjoy entertainment moment without a discrete graphic card; meanwhile, it helps to lower power consumption and heat production with adopting the latest dual-core processors. ECS H61 series all equip with smart and useful applications- eJIFFY / eBLU / eDLU / eSF to provide users more convenient computer-using experience.

ECS H61 Series, Entry to Enjoy Your PC

While IntelR positions H61 express chipset as entry level for 6 series express chipsets, ECS delightedly provides wide of options for users to meet different needs with form factors as ATX, Micro-ATX and ITX. For different demands, ECS H61H2-M series and H61H2-I2 motherboards integrating IntelR HD graphics support HDMI output providing users the high definition entertainment time. ECS H61H2-M and H61H2-M5 even support dual ports of USB 3.0 for users to experience the overwhelming transportation speed. Meanwhile, ECS H61H2-M3 and H61H2-A equip with EZ charger especially for APPLE users to enjoy the convenience of charging speed. Finally, ECS H61H2-A supports non-disc system and provides basic functions for users who only require for simply use. After ECS H61 series motherboards join the family of IntelR 6 series, ECS presents to satisfy every kind of desires of motherboards. All ECS H61 series motherboards are all compatible with the latest 2nd generation IntelR CoreTM processors in LGA 1155.

Model Chipset Supported CPU Specification Form Factor
H61H2-M IntelR H61 2nd Generation IntelR CoreTM Processors In LGA1155 4xDDR3, 2xUSB3.0, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s

1xPCI-Ex16, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI port

Micro-ATX
H61H2-M2 2xDDR3, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s, 2xPCI-E,

1xPCI-Ex16, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI port

H61H2-M3 2xDDR3, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s, 1xPCI-E,

1xPCI-Ex16, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI port

H61H2-M5 2xDDR3, 2xUSB3.0, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s

1xPCI-Ex16, D-Sub/HDMI/DVI port

H61H2-I2 2xDDR3, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s, 1xPCI-E,

D-Sub/HDMI/DVI port

ITX
H61H2-A 2xDDR3, 4xSATA 3.0Gb/s, 3xPCI-E,

1xPCI-Ex16, D-Sub/DVI port

ATX

About ECS

The Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has been a pioneer in designing and manufacturing computer motherboards since 1987. Today, the motherboard maker also designs and manufactures desktop PCs, notebooks, servers, motherboards, video cards, wireless solutions and handheld devices for distributors worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan with operations in North America, Europe and China, Korea and Japan, ECS also has ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified manufacturing facilities in China.

For more information, please visit ECS atwww.ecs.com.tw
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