Zotac H55-ITX Review

Packaging & Initial Impressions

 

Packaging and Initial Impressions

 

Zotac H55-ITX     Zotac H55-ITX

 

Zotac H55-ITX

 

 

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.

 

Zotac H55-ITX

 

 

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.

 

Zotac H55-ITX     Zotac H55-ITX

 

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.

 

Zotac H55-ITX     Zotac H55-ITX

 

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.

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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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