Zotac H55-ITX Review

Conclusion

Zotac H55-ITX

Conclusion


With our testing complete we are pleased to be able to conclude on a positive note. All in all, the Zotac H55-ITX's performance was on par with just about every H55 board that we have previously tested. While's it's overclocking performance was less than stellar when compared to it's bigger siblings, you can expect to achieve a 10-15% performance boost for free. Alright, so it appears to be a great product... But who is it for?

 

From a gamer's perspective, it is possible to fit higher performance Core i5 7xx and i7 8xx series processors and it's PCI-Express 16x slot will have little trouble at driving the latest and greatest from nVidia and Ati. If you're a storage junky too, you may fit your H55-ITX based machine with up to six SATA II Hard Disk Drives. There's much scope for expansion with this little motherboard however, one really wonders how an end user intends on fitting multiple Hard Disk Drives and a Radeon HD 5970 in a Mini ITX chassis. In a nutshell, this board is limited by the form factor that surrounds it...

 

Then there's our entry level and mid range users. Out of the box you will receive integrated graphics support when bundled with a Core i3/i5 dual core CPU, 7.1 channel sound and a high speed wireless adapter. When you also consider that the PCI-Express slot could also be used for a DVB-T tuner it becomes quite apparent that this board is ideal for a discrete general media or Home Theater PC.

 

It would seem that the Zotac H55-ITX could serve as a suitable platform for a range of system configurations, from both entry level to the higher end. I dare say however that the length of graphics cards and the number of Hard Disk Drives you wish to use will be the deciding factor for the use of this board in a more powerful machine. If, for example, your proposed configuration cannot fit in cases such as the Silverstone Sugo SG05 or Lian Li PC-Q07, it would appear as though Mini ITX is a step too small and Micro ATX remains to be the solution for you.

Regardless of the type of user that you fall under you will be know that the Zotac H55-ITX can be yours for just £109.99 inclusive of delivery. Given its features and unique selling points, we feel that this is a very competitive price. Combine this with its proven performance and a five year warranty, it seems that Zotac have truly hit the nail on the head with this one.

 

The Good

- Inclusion of PCI-Express 16x
- Plenty of USB & SATA II
- Performance
- Price

 

The Mediocre

- Poor Overclocker

  • - Autorun needs fixed

 

The Bad

- None

 

   

Thanks to Zotac for the sample today, you can discuss our findings in our forums.

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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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