ECS has released four motherboards based on the Intel H55 chipset, which is targeted to the Core i3 and Core i5 processors with integrated video. H55H-I is a mini-ITX board targeted to users building small home theater computers (HTPC’s). Is this motherboard a good pick? Let’s see.
To show you the differences between the four H55-based motherboards from ECS, we compiled a short table comparing them.
|Form Factor||microATX||microATX||microATX||Mini ITX|
|Memory||4 sockets||2 sockets||4 sockets||2 sockets|
|PCI Express x16 slots||1||1||1||1|
|PCI Express x4 slots||None||None||One||None|
|PCI Express x1 slots||2||2||None||None|
|SATA||6 ports||6 ports||5 ports, 1 eSATA||4 ports, 1 eSATA|
|Audio Codec||ALC662||VIA VT1705||ALC892||ALC892|
|Video Outputs||VGA, HDMI||VGA, DVI-D||VGA, DVI-D||VGA, DVI-D, HDMI|
It is important to understand that with socket LGA1156 CPUs the integrated video is produced by the processor and not by the motherboard chipset, as it occurred until now. There are processors with integrated video and processors without this feature. The board has only the interface and connectors necessary to route the video signal generated by the CPU. You can install CPUs with an integrated video processor or without, but with CPUs without a video processor you won’t have on-board video, needing an add-on video card. Of course with a processor with integrated video you still have the option to install an add-on card and disable its video engine. For a more detailed explanation, please read our Core i5-661 review.
One Figure 1 you have an overall look from H55H-I. As mentioned, it is a Mini-ITX motherboard.