|Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX WiFi Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Wednesday, 13 October 2010|
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Zotac H55ITX-C-E Detailed Features
Zotac is the first brand to include a PCI-e 1x port in a H55 ITX motherboard. In the next photo, you can see the Mini-PCIe port being used by the Wireless adapter module. ASRock does the same with their Core 100HT series, but they also use SO-DIMM slots. You'll need to connect the antennas to this card, and while it sounds as an easy task, it might not be that easy, especially if you're a big-hands guy. It took me around 5 minutes just to connect the antennas, but well, they're working OK now.
Zotac is the only company including 6 S-ATA ports in their H55 ITX motherboard. This might be great for people with lots of HDDs keeping HD movies, music and photos. Some high-end motherboards also include 6-9 S-ATA ports, so I can't really complain this time. Zotac did a good work.
The H55ITX-A-E didn't include a MOS-FET heatsink, which could result into a smaller lifetime or lower overclocking capabilities. With the H55ITX-C-E, Zotac walked 2 steps by adding a heatsink here while also adding USB 3.0 support.
Near the RAM slots, there's a system's fan header. The BIOS chip is also being installed here, and it's good to know it's not soldered to the motherboard, as it makes the RMA process easier if they can just change the BIOS and send the motherboard back in case something's wrong with it.
At the other end of the RAM slots, you'll find the front panel connectors and a CPU-heatsink header, which can be controlled by Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) within the BIOS.
Here's a closer look at the NEC D720200F1 chip. This little IC hosts a pair of USB 3.0 ports which can be found at the I/O panel. This is the same chip many brands are using to add USB 3.0 support. Sure, there are USB 3.0 PCI-e cards but in this case, that would leave the discrete GPU out of the game. While this isn't a killer feature yet, it's a plus at the moment.
Finally, have a look at the Realtek ALC888 Integrated Circuit, which fully supports 7.1 channels and audio support over HDMI.
In the next section Benchmark Reviews gives a detailed look at the GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 Basic Input Output System (BIOS).