Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Stacked LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard

August 15, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Zotac H55-ITX-C-E
LGA1156 Mini-ITX Motherboard
Manufacturer
Zotac
Street Price
US$150?

Zotac has been getting a good chunk of business by focusing attention to the mini-ITX form factor. They've been Johnny-on-the-spot in the past, getting to market before competitors, most notably with the Nvidia ION-based IONITX and the GeForce 9300-ITX for LGA775, once considered the end-all and be-all of mini-ITX motherboards. As time passed, the torch eventually passed to another first of its kind, the H55-ITX-A-E, a LGA1156 board with full CPU support all the way up to Core i7. The Zotac H55-ITX-C-E is an updated model adding USB 3.0 support.


The box.


The accessories include 3 SATA cables, a DVI to VGA adapter, WiFi assembly, and a 4-pin AUX12V extension cord.

So what else does the H55-ITX-C-E bring to the table? A PCI Express 16x slot, a mini-PCI Express slot pre-populated with an 802.11n WiFi adapter, DVI and HDMI with 8 channel audio (if paired with a Clarkdale processor), 6 internal SATA ports and a single eSATA connector powered by a separate JMicron controller. The board offers something for everyone — the potential to add an ultra fast graphics card for gamers, solid HD playback features for home theater geeks, and support for 6 hard drives, an unusually high number for a mini-ITX board. This is 90% of everything anyone has ever wanted in a motherboard boiled down into a diminuitive form factor easily tucked away behind a monitor, tossed onto a shelf with some A/V equipment, or lugged around to LAN parties by a 100 pound weakling with one arm free to lovingly grip a 2L bottle of Mountain Dew.

Zotac H55-ITX-C-E: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Chipset/GPU Intel H55 Express
CPU Compatibility Intel® Core™ i3
Intel® Core™ i5
Intel® Core™ i7 (800 series)
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics
CPU Socket Socket LGA1156
CPU Front-side Bus Intel® QuickPath
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Speed 1066/1333 MHz
Memory Slots Slots 2 x 240-pin DIMM
Memory Capacity Capacity Up to 8GB
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16
1 x Mini-PCI Express (occupied by WiFi)
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps
WiFi 802.11n WiFi (300Mbps)
Analog Audio 8-ch HD
Digital Audio Optical S/PDIF & HDMI output
Ports 1 x DVI (HDCP)
1 x HDMI (1080p w/8-ch audio)
VGA with included adapter
6 x SATA (SATA 3.0Gb/s)
1 x eSATA (SATA 3.0Gb/s)
1 x PS/2 (keyboard only)
Serial Port via header only
2 x USB 3.0 (on back panel)
10 x USB 2.0 (6 on back panel, 4 via pin header)
Cooler Passive (no fan)
Form Factor mini-ITX
OS Compatibility Windows Vista/7 Premium Ready
SLI Supported No
Maximum Resolution 2048x1536
Other Wake-On Support
Overclocking features
Package Contents 3 x SATA cables
1 4-pin ATX extension cable
2 WiFi Antennas
DVI-to-VGA adapter
1 x I/O back plate


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