Zotac H55-ITX Review
Introduction - "The Ultimate LGA1156 Mini-ITX Platform Unleashed"
Does size really matter? Well contrary to popular belief, manufacturers have successfully disproved this theory as over the last 18 months there has been a rising popularity for Mini ITX machines. With a footprint of just 17cm either side and a growing availability of quality chassis and motherboards we have never been this close to pint sized performance machines. Since last year, Zotac has been the ring leader of Mini ITX motherboards, including the critically acclaimed ION-ITX and performance oriented LGA775 GeForce 9300-ITX boards. Having already established their winning formula, they have moved on to produce a true successor to their Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad compliant solution... Meet the Zotac H55-ITX.
For a board of it's size you will be surprised to see what Zotac have been able to implement. When one considers that just a couple of years ago the Micro ITX market was mostly littered with embedded VIA C7 or entry level Intel/AMD platforms, it's clear that the times have really changed.
|Processor Support||Intel LGA1156 Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 Processors|
|Memory||2 x DIMM, Max. 8GB DDR3-1600/1333/1066/800|
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
|VGA||Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI-D, RGB|
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports VGA with max. resolution 2048 x 1536@75Hz
Intel H55 Chipset
|LAN||Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Intel Controller.|
|Wireless LAN||Atheros 802.11n 300Mbps Wireless LAN Controller (Mini PCIe)|
|Audio||Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC|
|USB||Intel H55 Chipset|
- 14 x USB 2.0 ports (10 x Rear, 4 x Internal)
Yowzzza! Onboard this little wonder you will find no less than 10 rear USB ports, 6 x SATA II, e-SATA, 300Mbps 802.11n WiFi and full PCI-Express 2.0 16x support. With the exception of USB 3.0/SATA 6.0Gbps or Multi-GPU, the Zotac H55-ITX is as feature rich as any other Intel Core i3/i5/i7 motherboard on the market. Now don't go incontinent on us just yet as the real surprises lie in the photographs that follow.