There are a few LGA 1156-based Mini-ITX options. DFI and Intel sell two of them, but Zotac is probably the most popular. Since Sapphire's board comes ready to support either built-in or discrete graphics, we decided to do the same for the Intel platform and got ourselves a Zotac H55-ITX WiFi. Armed with dual-band 802.11n (via a Mini PCIe module), DVI, and HDMI, Zotac obviously skews this board toward more flexible, demanding uses with the latest in connectivity options.
The H55-ITX WiFi features six SATA 3Gb/s ports, two DDR3 slots (8 GB maximum), and a x16 PCI Express 2.0 slot for add-on graphics. A four-phase voltage regulator supports most current LGA 1156-based processors. The I/O panel not only sports 10 (yes, ten—with another four optional) USB 2.0 ports, but also a system reset switch, gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1 analog and SPDIF audio connectors, and an eSATA port.
- Can Downsized Mini-ITX Platforms Do The Job?
- AMD Platform: Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G (AMD 785G)
- Intel Platform: Zotac H55-ITX WiFi (Intel H55 Express)
- AMD Processors: Athlon II X2, Phenom II X3, And X4
- Intel Processors: Core i3-530 And Core i5-661
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Applications
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Benchmark Results: Power Consumption
- Benchmark Results: Single-Thread Efficiency
- Benchmark Results: Multi-Thread Efficiency
- Benchmark Results: Overall Power Efficiency