Gigabyte H55N USB3

Conclusion

Conclusion

Another day, another motherboard... Today we have taken the Gigabyte H55N USB3 through our testing process and now it's time for a conclusion.

This board is Gigabyte's first entry into the performance Mini ITX sector and it goes without saying that they have done a fantastic job at doing so. Quite predictably our favourite selling point is it's fantastic overclocking headroom. With a maximum BCLK frequency at or around the 200MHz mark, you are free to purchase just about any Core i3/i5/i7 CPU and theoretically be guaranteed an overclock of at least 4.00GHz. If overclocking is part of your master plan then forget about the Zotac H55 ITX as this is for you.

The board isn't a total winner however. As mentioned previously, the H55N USB3 lacks in terms of onboard hardware when compared to it's Zotac competition. There is no onboard WiFi and if you intend on fitting a dedicated graphics card, you will have to opt for a USB dongle instead. Also there aren't near as many USB or SATA ports and notable touches such as an external CMOS clear button are absent. That said, we found our sample to recover from overclocks better than the Zotac and unless you plan on building a NAS BOX with up to six Hard Disk Drives with something like the Fractal ITX case, the four SATA ports available on the Gigabyte will more than suffice. Finally, we would also like to point out that Gigabyte's offering can be bought for as little as £89.99, which is as much as £10-15 cheaper than the previously reviewed Zotac.

All in all, Gigabyte have truly pulled one out of the bag with the release of this Mini ITX motherboard. While I'm sure that there are individuals who would prefer the superior integrated features of the Zotac H55 ITX, we strongly believe that the choice for most performance orientated individuals should be very simple.

The Good
- Price
- Competitive Performance
- Overclocking ability

The Mediocre
- None

The Bad
- None



Thanks to Gigabyte for the sample today, you can discuss this review and many others in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

16-06-2010, 06:38:26

tinytomlogan
Finally, Gigabyte have unleashed a rival to the critically acclaimed Zotac H55 ITX.

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16-06-2010, 06:59:35

Diablo
great review, but the maximum futuremark vantage scores are all identical and lower than the averages. Otherwise excellent work, and looks like a new ITX champ

16-06-2010, 07:23:22

Rastalovich
One of the futuremark graphs looks weird, with the average being bigger than the max. (or it could be my coffee's gone cold)

What's the ALC892R like ? Very important to me that.

Other than that, 90 (mrrp?), upto 10 off for online stores, I would definitely look for this one in something like a Scan Today special. If it went for 75-80 it sounds a bargain.

Great stuff.

16-06-2010, 08:52:30

Mul.
Hi guys

It would seem that I forgot to apply the correct labels on the Vantage graph. Minimum Maximum and Average actually refererred to Overall Score, GPU Score and CPU Score respectively.

As for the ALC892R, honestly I could not fault it. The sound quality was crisp enough and appeared to be at least as good as the previous 889 series.

21-06-2010, 04:59:51

leuis9
Atlast Gigabyte have a better motherboard device.having a maximum storage capacity with good intel processor.For Clarkdale processors, overclocking and underclocking is made easy thanks to a fully working multiplier control, and the ability to under-volt or over-volt CPUs in the H55N-USB3 BIOS. Memory overclocking is also rather good, all memory sub-timings are available, and each timing has an AUTO parameter which will scale with frequency, requiring no user-intervention to reach high operating speeds.
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