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Best Value Award - MBBIO-H81MHV3
Gaming Matters - 31/03/2015 10:21:12
Its easy to pass off the Biostar H81MHV3 as just another entry-level motherboard but from the looks alone, Biostar has made it a point that this board makes or breaks their entry-level stack of Intel solutions. Let?s break it down more shall we:

Performance. While nothing impressive, the board doesn?t really gimp our processor much except for the lack of PCI-E 3.0 and DDR3-2400 support which brings down the score by a few notches compared to the other systems in our setup. Despite that though, the difference is small and as seen in the real-world benches, some of the results are practically the same.

Build Quality. Definitely something worth talking about and is really what makes this board pop. While its not as hefty as more loaded options out there, for a board this cheap the build quality is excellent. Clean and well built, Biostar set the bar high for sub-50$ boards with the H81MHV3 by using black PCB. While the color scheme might not be for everyone, if you?re spending this little on a board your options are limited really unless you wanna go brown or grey.

Functionality. The Biostar H81MHV3 nails all the basics down for most builds. While it only rocks a PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot for graphics, that?s just fine because its really rare that someone would need to pair this board up with a GTX 780 or higher. Other than that, the H81MHV3?s got your standard SATA ports, USB slots, HDMI and audio to get you up and running even with just the IGP in play.

Bundle. As bare as it gets.

Value. It ultimately boils down to this: price. At around $40 or Php 1990 locally, the Biostar H81MHV3 is as low as you can get for any H81 boards. Its got its competition but none have the appeal that the Biostar H81MHV3 has which is its clean look and compact size. While some may feel a larger board is needed, filling the lower space of the board with just legacy PCI slot is a bit dated already and those who need such applications isn?t really the target of this board.

Biostar aims the H81MHV3 at budget builders looking to setup a quick and compact build for as little as possible without compromising some presentation. There?s also that small portion of HTPC builders who want to get a simple build done with little expense using just an IGP powered setup. Those are just the applications the H81MHV3 can fit in but as a motherboard, the essentials are there and if you?re looking to build your first system, this is a great choice if you?re strapped for cash.

The BIOSTAR H81MHV3 is a perfect example of a motherboard that brings all the essentials at a budget price point without compromising build quality.

BIOSTAR backs the H81MHV3 with a 3-year warranty. We give it our B2G Value Award.
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