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Another consideration is support for DisplayPort, and HDMI as well as support for USB 3.0. GIGABYTE’s board is excellent feature-wise for an inexpensive board with support for USB 3.0, CrossfireX and DDR3-2200 memory. Performance is excellent on the board as well. H55 boards are priced under $100 giving you excellent systems at reasonable pricing.
Motherboards based on the new H55, H57 and Q57 chipsets are targeted to the new Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated video, and Gigabyte has so far released three different models. Today we are going to take a look on H55M-USB3, which brings as main feature the presence of USB 3.0 ports.
Finding a great H55 board to match up with your Clarkdale CPU isn't hard, as the market currently has a great selection. But Gigabyte's H55M-USB3 stands out, as it has a superb feature-set for its ~$100 price tag, and also proves itself in our tests as being a great all-around board, and one that seems to have no limit in overclocking.
That's quite an achievement, given the small form factor nature of the board. From what I could tell, the board's serial number is on a white sticker along the outside edge of the 24-pin ATX power connector, while the board revision is silk screened in the upper left corner of the board.
These two products offer a very successful and neat combination of all features and interfaces a contemporary platform might need, including a popular USB 3.0 standard. Among the great features we should also list rich BIOS functionality, good overclocking potential and flawless operation.
"The Gigabyte H55H-USB3 uses a mATX design that manages to have a very spacious layout even with its smaller size. This includes the two PCIe x16 slots having a good degree of space between them, and plenty of available room around the CPU area. Of course, with the smaller form factor there has to be some sacrifices and on this model the trade-off appears to be a lack of cooling on the MOSFET."
"What a lot of people don't realize, however, is that if you can get by with just a single PCIe x16 expansion slot, a Mini-ITX system can pack one heck of a punch given the right motherboard and supporting hardware. Today we are going to be taking a look at Gigabyte's GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard which supports Intel's 2010 Core Processor Family based on Socket 1156."
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