Zotac H55-ITX Review
Packaging and Initial Impressions
After greeting your friendly delivery man and clawing apart (like a honey badger, perhaps) any outer packaging you will find a relatively strong, black and orange, Zotac themed box. At this stage you should have already realised quite how small this motherboard is, as the box is about as large as a small birthday cake.
When you open the box, the first thing you'll find is the board itself and underneath it you will find it's respective accessories. Speaking of accessories, the H55-ITX comes with an I/O shield, Manual, Driver CD and 3 x SATA II cables.
Fully unravelled, here lies the Zotac H55-ITX in the flesh. With a component density similar to that of the population density of Tokyo Japan, it's quite evident that not so much as a square inch of real estate has gone to waste. Zotac have been able to cash in on the absence of a physical southbridge chip to allow for the implementation of other devices. With some further arrangement they have managed to implement a wide range of features.
How about a shot of it's I/O panel? Fully populated with Video, Audio, USB, e-SATA and even legacy PS/2 outputs, Zotac could not have offered any more to the end user... except Firewire perhaps.
The Atheros 802.11n Adapter features two Antennae outputs for optimised transfer rates and reliability. Router allowing, it is possible to operate a transmission rate of 300Mbps. Not too shabby at all.
The installation process was mostly trouble free. However, I did happen to note a problem with the Driver Disc in that it's Autorun function doesn't work. In order to install the drivers, I had to navigate through the CD and manually locate them.