Intel DH61AG 'Apple Glen' Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By on November 8, 2011, 9:47 PM

We recently reviewed a Mini-ITX Asrock motherboard designed to accommodate Intel's second-gen Core processors. The Z68M-ITX/HT impressed us as it was not only able to utilize the latest Intel processors but it also supported high-end PCI Express graphics cards. This made it an excellent entertainment solution as it was capable of replacing your Blu-ray player along with your gaming console.

Today's review item is a little different as we check out the Intel desktop board DH61AG, also known as "Apple Glen." Built around Intel's H61 chipset, which is designed to offer the most basic features to the Sandy Bridge platform, the DH61AG doesn't seem all that exciting on the surface. However, if you gaze a little deeper, you'll see this is no ordinary Mini-ITX motherboard. In fact, it's quite different than Asrock's HTPC offering.

Intel's DH61AG is based on the Thin Mini-ITX form factor, which was introduced on October 2010 and is targeted for smaller system form factors with a 0.78" (20mm) tall PCB/component design and a 1" (25mm) back panel I/O height. In other words, the DH61AG is designed to be fully compatible with low height components prevalent in the HTPC world, such as SO-DIMMs as well as full and half-length PCI Express mini-cards.

The board also utilizes Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics engine with support for HDMI and DVI-I which is complemented by flexible eDP or LVDS flat panel display support. The combination of low height components, premium features and an external power supply make the DH61AG the perfect solution for high performance AIO (all-in-one), Tiny FF (Form Factor) and home theater systems. Let's move in for a closer look.

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superphoenix said:

Yes, the most difficult part is to find a suitable chasis. I've also been eyeing this mobo for a while, but just not able to find a tiny house for it.

Moreover, you mentioned that the stock 1155 cooler measures 45mm, but do you know how tall it measures from the mobo? Thank you if you can tell me this, because I'm planning to use a mini chasis that can house a cooler 48mm from ground up.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

Great review, very informative. It's impressive to see the increasing level of performance in these small form factor components.

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Steve Steve said:

Moreover, you mentioned that the stock 1155 cooler measures 45mm, but do you know how tall it measures from the mobo? Thank you if you can tell me this, because I'm planning to use a mini chasis that can house a cooler 48mm from ground up.

It is exactly 53mm to the bottom of the PCB and then you need to take the motherboard tray mounts into account which are about another 7mm. So in total you are looking at about 60mm which is why you need a lower profile heatsink.

Guest said:

To comments to the review:

1. All intel 35W TDP "T"-Models as well as all Pentiums and Celerons come with a 30mm HSF,

so fitting one of those in a small case should not be a problem.

2. "Meanwhile, the more cost effective Core i5-2400S and Core i5-2390T have a TDP rating of only 35 watts. " well, that's not exactly true. the 2400S has 65W TDP (thats the meaning of the "S", only "T"- models are 35W TDP). There is no 4-core Sandy Bridge with 35W TDP, although there will be an Ivy-Bridge 4-core with 35W TDP next year.

superphoenix said:

Steve said:

It is exactly 53mm to the bottom of the PCB and then you need to take the motherboard tray mounts into account which are about another 7mm. So in total you are looking at about 60mm which is why you need a lower profile heatsink.

Guest said:

1. All intel 35W TDP "T"-Models as well as all Pentiums and Celerons come with a 30mm HSF,

so fitting one of those in a small case should not be a problem.

Thank you both for your reply!

And Guest, do you mean all Pentiums and Celerons come with a 30mm HSF? Even the 65W SKU's?

I'm sure the 35W Pentium G620T and G630T come with a 30mm HSF, but I'm suspecting about what come with the 65W Celeron G530/G540 or Pentium G620/G630/G840/G850. Could you please confirm that? Thanks a lot!

superphoenix said:

superphoenix said:

I'm sure the 35W Pentium G620T and G630T come with a 30mm HSF, but I'm suspecting about what come with the 65W Celeron G530/G540 or Pentium G620/G630/G840/G850. Could you please confirm that? Thanks a lot!

I find in this thread that non-T Celeron and Pentium has a taller HSF, the same as Core-i's.

So I will have to choose a T processor.

superphoenix said:

superphoenix said:

I find in this thread that non-T Celeron and Pentium has a taller HSF, the same as Core-i's.

So I will have to choose a T processor.

Sorry, forgot to post the address:

[link]

Guest said:

"All standard Pentiums carry a 65W TDP. The Pentium G620T runs at a meager 2.2GHz and manages a 35W TDP. Regardless of thermal rating, the boxed SNB Pentiums come with an ultra low profile cooler" (Anandtech)

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4524/the-sandy-bridge-pentium-
eview-pentium-g850-g840-g620-g620t-tested

seems that we have contradicting information...

superphoenix said:

Guest said:

"All standard Pentiums carry a 65W TDP. The Pentium G620T runs at a meager 2.2GHz and manages a 35W TDP. Regardless of thermal rating, the boxed SNB Pentiums come with an ultra low profile cooler" (Anandtech)

[link]

seems that we have contradicting information...

Interesting.

I just find the part number of the fan/heatsinks at cpu-world.

It seems that non-T Pentiums have the taller cooler, after comparing these three links:

G620: [link]

2100: [link]

2100T: [link]

ROYAL115 ROYAL115 said:

Hmmmm.....

Wonder if I could use one of these to re-vitalize an Apple //c.

Guest said:

I have a question, will this board support Ivy Bridge processors?

Guest said:

Here you go :

intel heatsink for this mobo

http://www.htpc-reviews.com/intel-hts1155lp-a-heatsink-for-t
in-itx-boards

http://www.mini-itxstop.com/intel-ultra-slim-heat-sink-hts11
5lp-for-dh61ag-aio/

lian - li case for this mobo :

http://www.htpc-reviews.com/lian-li-pc-q05-the-first-thin-it
-case

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