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Budget Computing: Nine H55 And H57 Motherboards Compared
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Home theater builders will be happy to see that every motherboard in today’s comparison supports combined video and audio signals using either HDMI or DisplayPort, while a dual-display output capability is a boon to office users. Yet none of these platforms are capable of providing dual-link DVI, so users who require 2560x1600 pixels of desktop space on a single display will likely need to add a video card.

H55 Motherboard Features
 ASRock
H55M-Pro
Asus
P7H55D-M EVO
Biostar
TH55XE
PCB Revision1.041.03G5.0
ChipsetIntel H55 ExpressIntel H55 ExpressIntel H55 Express
Voltage RegulatorSix Phases12 PhasesSeven Phases
BIOSP1.60 (01/21/2010)9994 (01/20/2010)H55AA107 (01/07/2010)
133.3 MHz BCLK133.9 MHz (+0.43%)133.4 MHz (+0.05%)133.3 MHz (+0.0%)
Clock GeneratorICS 98LPRS142AGLFICS 9LPRS140CKLFRealtek RTM885T-926
Internal Interfaces
PCIe x162 (x16/x4)1 (x16)1 (x16)
PCIe x1/x41/00/20/1
Legacy PCI112
USB 2.03 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)
IEEE-1394111
Serial Port111
Parallel Port1None1
FloppyNoNoNo
Ultra-ATA 133None1 (2 drives)1 (2 drives)
SATA 3.0 Gb/s565
SATA 6.0 Gb/sNoneNoneNone
4-Pin Fan221
3-Pin Fan112
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioNoNoNo
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyOutput OnlyNone
Power ButtonNoNoYes
Reset ButtonNoNoYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyJumper OnlyJumper Only
Diagnostics PanelNonePass/Fail LEDsPass/Fail LEDs
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 2112
USB 2.06 (1 Shared w/eSATA)44
USB 3.0None2None
IEEE-1394111
Network1SingleSingle
eSATA1 (Shared with USB)11
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoNoNo
Digital Audio OutOptical, HDMIOptical, HDMIOptical, HDMI
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio566
Video OutputsDVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGADVI, HDMI, VGA
DVI Dual LinkNoNoNo
Dual MonitorYesYesYes
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s5x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID ModesNoneNoneNone
Add-In SATANone88SE6111 PCIe
1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
None
Add-In Ultra ATANone88SE6111 PCIeJMB368 PCIe
USB 3.0NoneNEC D720200F1None
IEEE-1394VT6308S PCI
2x 400 Mb/s
VT6315N PCIe
2x 400 Mb/s
FW3227 PCI
2x 400 Mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111DL PCIeRTL8112L PCIeRTL8111DL PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecVT1718SALC889ACL888
DDL/DTS ConnectNoneNoneNone
H55 Motherboard Features
 ECS H55H-IEVGA H55Foxconn
H55MX-S
PCB Revision1.01.01.1
NorthbridgeIntel H55 ExpressIntel H55 ExpressIntel H55 Express
Voltage RegulatorFour PhasesSix PhasesSix Phases
BIOS080016 (01/08/2010)080016 (12/22/2009)996F1P02 (01/08/2010)
133.3 MHz BCLK133.6 MHz (+0.20%)133.2 MHz (-0.10%)133.0 MHz
Clock GeneratorICS RS4180BLICS 9LPRS139AKLFICS RS4105BL
Internal Interfaces
PCIe  x161x (x16)2 (x16/x4)1 (x16)
PCIe x1/x40/00/00/1
Legacy PCINone32
USB 2.02 (4 ports)2 (4 ports)3 (6 ports)
IEEE-1394None1None
Serial PortNoneNone1
Parallel PortNoneNoneNone
FloppyNoneNoYes
Ultra-ATA 133None1 (2 drives)None
SATA 3.0 Gb/s486
SATA 6.0 Gb/sNoneNoneNone
4-Pin Fan113
3-Pin Fan150
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioNoNoNo
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyBothOutput Only
Power ButtonNoYesNo
Reset ButtonNoYesNo
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoYesJumper Only
Diagnostics PanelNoneNumericNone
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 2None11
USB 2.0686
USB 3.0NoneNoneNone
IEEE-1394None1None
NetworkSingleSingleSingle
eSATA1NoneNone
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoneYesNo
Digital Audio OutOptical, HDMIDisplayPort OnlyOptical, HDMI
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio666
Video OutputsDVI, HDMI, VGADVI, VGA,
DisplayPort
HDMI, DVI-I
(Supports VGA)
DVI Dual LinkNoNoNo
Dual MonitorYesYesYes
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA4x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID ModesNoneNoneNone
Add-In SATANoneJMB363 PCIe
2x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
None
Add-In Ultra ATANoneJMB363 PCIeNone
USB 3.0NoneNoneNone
IEEE-1394NoneTSB43AB22A PCI
2x 400 Mb/s
None
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111DL PCIe88E6057 PCIeRTL8111DL PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC892ALC889ALC888S
DDL/DTS ConnectNoneNoneNone
H55 Motherboard Features
 Gigabyte
H55M-USB3
Intel
DP57KG
MSI
H55M-ED55
PCB Revision1.0E47218-4021.0
NorthbridgeIntel H55 ExpressIntel H57 ExpressIntel H55 Express
Voltage RegulatorSeven PhasesThree Phases
Five Phases
BIOSF3a (01/08/2010)2251 (01/25/2010)1.4 (01/12/2010)
133.3 MHz BCLK132.9 MHz (-0.32%)133.4 MHz (+0.05%)133.7 MHz (+0.28%)
Clock GeneratorRealtek RTM885N-914SLG505YC264CTMSI LRS4116AL
Internal Interfaces
PCIe  x162 (x16/x1)1 (x16)2 (x16/x4)
PCIe x1/x40/00/01/0
Legacy PCI2None1
USB 2.03 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)3 (6 ports)
IEEE-13941NoneNone
Serial Port111
Parallel PortNoneNone1
FloppyYesNoNo
Ultra-ATA 1331 (2 drives)None1 (2 drives)
SATA 3.0 Gb/s746
SATA 6.0 Gb/sNoneNoneNone
4-Pin Fan221
3-Pin Fan003
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioYesNoYes
S/PDIF I/OBothOutput OnlyOutput Only
Power ButtonNoNoYes
Reset ButtonNoNoYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyJumper OnlyNo
Diagnostics PanelNoneNoneNone
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 21None1
USB 2.0466
USB 3.02NoneNone
IEEE-13941NoneNone
NetworkSingleSingleSingle
eSATA1 (Powered)11 (Powered)
CLR_CMOS ButtonNoNoNo
Digital Audio OutOptical, DisplayPortOptical, HDMIOptical, DisplayPort
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio656
Video OutputsDVI, HDMI, VGA,
DisplayPort
HDMI, DVI-I
(Supports VGA)
DVI, VGA,
DisplayPort
DVI Dual LinkNoNoNo
Dual MonitorYesYesYes
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s4x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID ModesNoneRAID 0/1/5/10None
Add-In SATAJMB363 PCIe
2x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
NoneJMB363 PCIe
1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Add-In Ultra ATAJMB363 PCIeNoneJMB363 PCIe
USB 3.0NEC D720200F1NoneNone
IEEE-1394TSB43AB23 PCI
2x 400 Mb/s
NoneNone
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111D PCIeIntel WG82578DC PHYRTL8111DL PCIe
Secondary LANNone None
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC889ALC889ALC889
DDL/DTS ConnectDolby Digital LiveNoneNone
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  • -7 Hide
    wintermint , February 24, 2010 5:44 AM
    Nvm, it's on the CPU.
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    Crashman , February 24, 2010 5:52 AM
    wintermintDo anyone know how good is the integrated graphics found in these mobos? Can it handle some games?


    It's not on the motherboard, it's on the CPU. Different CPU's have different clock speeds for the GPU. And it can't even play most games, let alone play them smoothly:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-clarkdale-core-i5-661,2514-11.html
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    anamaniac , February 24, 2010 6:25 AM
    I'm sad to see Quantum Force (Foxconn's enthusiast line, such as the Bloodrage) die.
    At least Foxconn still makes really cheap stuff...

    Honestly though, I'm more interested what's the lowest voltage you can get on stock clocks and DDR3 1066 cas6.
    =)
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    dertechie , February 24, 2010 10:16 AM
    wintermintDo anyone know how good is the integrated graphics found in these mobos? Can it handle some games?


    The IGP is integrated into the Clarkdale CPU. I believe it is simply a further evolution of the X4500HD, and can at least now claim to be on rough par with ATI's integrated graphics, assuming that AMD hasn't done much to up the ante in the 800-series chipsets. Check the reviews of the i5-661 and the i3-5x0s. The 661 is the fastest IGP they sell (there's a reason reviewers all got that particular chip), at 900 MHz, the others are clocked at 733 MHz or 533 MHz. No, it can't run Crysis.

    Larrabee is dead, it wasn't worth it to Intel to actually build it. The project isn't dead, but Larrabee Mk I will never see mass production silicon.
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    enzo matrix , February 24, 2010 10:27 AM
    Why do you guys only ever compare P55 and P57 boards? What about AM3? Or even 775 and AM2+?
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    anamaniac , February 24, 2010 11:03 AM
    wintermintDo anyone know how good is the integrated graphics found in these mobos? Can it handle some games?


    http://techgage.com/article/overclocking_intels_core_i5-661/1

    Intel i5-661.
    CPU at 4.3GHz. IGP at 1133MHz. Both are at stock clocks.
    ASUS P7H55D-M EVO
    Crysis Warhead (1024x768, assuming low settings), 26FPS.

    It can play Crysis. =)
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    ta152h , February 24, 2010 11:44 AM
    enzo matrixWhy do you guys only ever compare P55 and P57 boards? What about AM3? Or even 775 and AM2+?


    At least they moved to H55/H57, which is a platform that should sell a lot, rather than the brain-damaged P55 platform, which most sites spend a lot of time trying to convince (not that successfully, based on the bad sales) is a great platform.

    Lynnfield/P55 is such a strange product, and appeals to such a limited segment of the market. It's not cheap, but it's a high-end product either. So, you get squeezed by x58, which is the real platform, or LGA 775, and now H55/H57 from below. It's not a big market segment, and I think it makes Intel's line a little confusing to average consumers, especially since the Clarksdale CPUs overlap it in cost from below, and the Bloomfield do from above.

    It's obvious Intel didn't want to release CPUs with an IMC for the mainstream until they could move the IGP on-board the CPU. Since the IGP has to use the memory controller, there are compromises however you do it when you have an IMC. You either go to the processor, or you add the logic on the IGP (making it redundant), so Intel avoided that problem by putting it on the processor. The P55 is again neither fish nor fowl. It's got limited PCIe lanes, but doesn't have an IGP either.

    There's a small segment where it makes sense. It's power efficient and the performance is only slightly less than Bloomfield in many situations, but I think the average consumer is going to find the H55/H57 much better for their needs (an IGP is critical in this market), and the enthusiast will want the full-blown Bloomfield. For that reason I think these motherboards are significant even though the P55 isn't. Maybe you don't want it, but, you'll probably have a friends/family neighbors asking about a computer with these products. They aren't technical marvels with their weird memory controller placed in the video controller, but aside from the distasteful technical compromises Intel made, they still address the market and needs of most people very well. The only one that is so offensive I could never bring myself to recommending is the new Pentium version. It probably is fine for most people, but it's so offensive, it's painful to recommend. I think LGA 775 is better at that point. Or AMD, of course.
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    daniel266 , February 24, 2010 11:46 AM
    WOW ! one more article about intel !! why im not suprised... hope that this comment dont disapear magically...
  • 0 Hide
    JohnnyLucky , February 24, 2010 1:12 PM
    Thank you for including audio & video encoding benchmarks and productivity benchmarks.
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    sublifer , February 24, 2010 1:21 PM
    This isn't budget computing/motherboards. ~$100 motherboards have always been available and are considered mid-range... Show us LGA1156 boards for $50-$70 and then we'll be talking budget stuff that office builders can use, but then we'd also need ~$70 CPUs as well. Nice to see the almost-full-featured mini-itx boards though. I really want those to get more popular but agree a second slot (like DTX) would have been even better.
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    sublifer , February 24, 2010 1:27 PM
    A better budget combo with better performance per buck would be a 785G board with an Athlon II x3 like these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130237
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724

    Thats $70+75=$145 instead of $110+125=$235

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    JeanLuc , February 24, 2010 1:49 PM
    subliferA better budget combo with better performance per buck would be a 785G board with an Athlon II x3 like these:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130237http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103724Thats $70+75=$145 instead of $110+125=$235


    Well don't just leave at that how much better is it "per buck"? Or are you just assuming that because it's cheaper its obviously better value?
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 4:58 PM
    How about the Zotac H55-ITX ??
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    Crashman , February 24, 2010 5:29 PM
    daniel266WOW ! one more article about intel !! why im not suprised... hope that this comment dont disapear magically...


    Intel had a new chipset, why wouldn't a site cover that? Please look for upcoming articles on AMD's new chipset as soon as its released :) 
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    Crashman , February 24, 2010 5:32 PM
    subliferThis isn't budget computing/motherboards. ~$100 motherboards have always been available and are considered mid-range... Show us LGA1156 boards for $50-$70 and then we'll be talking budget stuff that office builders can use, but then we'd also need ~$70 CPUs as well. Nice to see the almost-full-featured mini-itx boards though. I really want those to get more popular but agree a second slot (like DTX) would have been even better.


    Higher-ups decided to use the "budget" label, these are actually "value segement" boards for the most part. The author knows the difference between the sub-$100 "budget" market and the $100-140 "value" market, and most of these boards fit into the later.
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    Crashman , February 24, 2010 5:33 PM
    The WaspHow about the Zotac H55-ITX ??


    Couldn't meet the deadline...this article would have been published two to three weeks earlier if not for a processor failure.
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 6:24 PM
    Do you guys plan on eventually doing a review of the Zotac H55-ITX? If that thing can perform it looks like one really sweet board.
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    Crashman , February 24, 2010 7:08 PM
    Nightraptor14Do you guys plan on eventually doing a review of the Zotac H55-ITX? If that thing can perform it looks like one really sweet board.


    Patrick is working on an article using that board :) 
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 7:33 PM
    Wow I was just thinking about building a budget Intel build for my friend and was wondering about the motherboards. Thanks Tom!
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