Gigabyte H55N USB3

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Packaging & Initial Impressions

Arriving directly from our friends in Taipei, the H55N USB3 sports a thick cardboard outer packaging, decorated in a rather predictable white, blue and orange livery. Suffering not so much as a dent it's quite clear that the motherboard's protective shell has served its purpose.

Gigabyte H55N USB3     Gigabyte H55N USB3

Opening upwards, the first article that we found was a warning leaflet that explained that the motherboard's video outputs are only usable when paired with Core i3 or i5 dual core processors. Following on from this, we found our accessory set which consists of two SATA cables, an I/O shield, Driver Disc and manual.

Gigabyte H55N USB3    

...and here's the H55N USB3 in the flesh. The board appears very smart in it's blue and white colour scheme, which is arguably more mature than Zotac's bright orange and black theme. In terms of motherboard layout, there is only a few ways in which a Mini ITX item can be arranged. On that basis it comes to no surprise that it's layout of components is strikingly similar to the H55 ITX.

Gigabyte H55N USB3     Gigabyte H55N USB3

There isn't a huge amount of clearance around the CPU socket for wider heatsinks however this is to be expected. What's more noticeable is that the H55N USB3 doesn't offer quite as much integration as the previously reviewed Zotac. There is no onboard WiFi and there is a smaller USB and SATA port count. Regardless, this is not necessarily a deal breaker as we will discuss later.

The installation itself was relatively painless and the system drivers installed quickly from the bundled CD. In terms of general usage, the testbed appeared responsive and stable. The Realtek ALC889 audio module sounds very clear and all onboard devices appear functional.

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Most Recent Comments

16-06-2010, 10:59:35

great review, but the maximum futuremark vantage scores are all identical and lower than the averages. Otherwise excellent work, and looks like a new ITX champQuote

16-06-2010, 11:23:22

One of the futuremark graphs looks weird, with the average being bigger than the max. (or it could be my coffee's gone cold)

What's the ALC892R like ? Very important to me that.

Other than that, £90 (mrrp?), upto £10 off for online stores, I would definitely look for this one in something like a Scan Today special. If it went for £75-£80 it sounds a bargain.

Great stuff.Quote

16-06-2010, 12:52:30

Hi guys

It would seem that I forgot to apply the correct labels on the Vantage graph. Minimum Maximum and Average actually refererred to Overall Score, GPU Score and CPU Score respectively.

As for the ALC892R, honestly I could not fault it. The sound quality was crisp enough and appeared to be at least as good as the previous 889 series.Quote

21-06-2010, 08:59:51

Atlast Gigabyte have a better motherboard device.having a maximum storage capacity with good intel processor.For Clarkdale processors, overclocking and underclocking is made easy thanks to a fully working multiplier control, and the ability to under-volt or over-volt CPUs in the H55N-USB3 BIOS. Memory overclocking is also rather good, all memory sub-timings are available, and each timing has an AUTO parameter which will scale with frequency, requiring no user-intervention to reach high operating speeds. Quote

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