Zotac H55-ITX Review

Introduction

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.

 

Specifications

 

Processor Support Intel LGA1156 Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 Processors
Chipset Intel H55
Memory 2 x DIMM, Max. 8GB DDR3-1600/1333/1066/800
Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x Mini PCIe (Occupied)

VGA Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI-D, RGB
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x [email protected]
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x [email protected]
Supports VGA with max. resolution 2048 x [email protected]
Multi-GPU Support None
Storage

Intel H55 Chipset
6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

LAN Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Intel Controller.
Wireless LANAtheros 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.

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Most Recent Comments

07-04-2010, 05:11:13

Diablo
Really nice looking board. I love the mini itx form factor, but am always stumped by fitting a graphics chip as the powersuplies aren't built to take them. This one looks very good for a media PC, or for a mini gaming box.

With the GMAHD from the CPU, will it handle basic media duties like bluray as its 9300 predessecor would?Quote

07-04-2010, 05:39:27

Santa-san
Looks pretty good! Quote

07-04-2010, 08:10:34

Athan
Nice review. However you didn't mention anything about board's limitations like the confirmed by Zotac incompatibility with any PCI-E device except a graphics card. So useful add-ons like TV-tuners cannot be used with this motherboard.

Other known issues are lack of turbo boost support on first production batch and waking from S3 problems with most PCI-E video cards. So far all these issues remain unfixed.Quote

07-04-2010, 09:34:10

Mul.
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Diablo'
Really nice looking board. I love the mini itx form factor, but am always stumped by fitting a graphics chip as the powersuplies aren't built to take them. This one looks very good for a media PC, or for a mini gaming box.

With the GMAHD from the CPU, will it handle basic media duties like bluray as its 9300 predessecor would?
Hi Diablo!

I've found the Core i3/i5's Integrated GMA to be a considerable step up from predecessors such as the GMA950. Performance wise, it is most certainly up there with the GeForce 9300 and Radeon HD 4200 and should not really struggle with HD Video.Quote

07-04-2010, 10:31:28

Diablo
That's good to know. It would certainly make life easier not having to find a suibtable, low power GPU, finding a way to power it and cool it etc.

If I were going to do an HTPC build (not on the cards right now thanks to my debit cards just melting) that's certainly good news.Quote
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