In a surprising turn of events, BIOSTAR has announced a “refresh” of the motherboard for Intel’s H61 chipset as its latest product.
Originally released in 2011 and that’s 10 years ago, the H61 platform supports the 2nd and 3rd generation of the Intel Core lineups alongside some Pentium and Celeron models and BIOSTAR aims to provide a bit of the modern bits to revitalize some of the old systems that have been sitting in some people’s home or businesses that still run old and cheap hardware for some of the simplest tasks such as Point-Of-Sale and terminals. Built with long-lasting materials, the H61MHV3 contains a total of 8 USB 2.0 ports in addition to PS/2 inlets to allow legacy devices to work as intended while the VGA and HDMI enable both old and new displays to work with the system. Lastly, the 2 DIMM slots will support a maximum of 16GB DDR3 RAM kits together with standard RJ45 and Audio Out ports. One thing to be noted is that the SATA ports are SATA II and not III so the access speed will be slower.
Pricing and Availability
Unfortunately, no official info for price figures and expected arrival for Malaysia are available as of now. I wonder if our local distributor would even take in such an “old” product.