Zotac’s H55-ITX WiFi can be purchased from a handful of retailers for around $140-$150.



The H55-ITX offers support for the entire line-up of socket 1156 processors. The board also comes packaged with a robust Realtek ALC888 audio codec which will be a boon to audio enthusiasts. Networking for the H55-ITX is handled by Intel’s 82578DC and an AzureWare 802.11n wireless card which is mounted in a mini-PCIe slot.

The board comes bundled with the following accessories:

- 3x SATA cables

- 1x 4-pin ATX extension

- 1x I/O panel

- 1x User Manual

- 1x Driver DVD

- 2x WiFi Antennae

- DVI to VGA Adapter

- Quick setup manual

BIOS

The H55-ITX’s BIOS is intuitive and easy to navigate in typical AMI fashion. A mild number of overclock settings are available as well as adjustment for an i3 processors GPU core voltage although the GPUs frequency cannot be modified. Furthermore, CPU VTT voltage can be monitored but not modified which is probably wise due to the already low maximum power delivery of the H55-ITX. Your typical array of general BIOS features such as power management and boot settings are listed as well.


The H55-ITXs BIOS can be updated in the Windows environment using a provided flashing utility. Personally we prefer DOS based flashing utilities due to the system stability provided outside the Windows environment.

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  • wysiwygbill - Saturday, March 06, 2010 - link

    There is apparently a problem with this motherboard that won't allow turbo boost to function. This wouldn't affect the i3 processors where you compared performance with the i3 but you didn't test any i5 processors or compare i7 performance with the DFI.

    I'd be interested to see how much difference the turbo boost would make by comparing i5 performance with the i3 or by comparing the i7 performance with a different motherboard.

    That's assuming you aren't concerned with the DFI bursting into flames should you put an i7 in it. :-)

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  • Shadowmaster625 - Friday, March 05, 2010 - link

    $150 for this board is pure insanity. MAYBE if they soldered an i3 to the board it might be worth that much. What is the reasoning behind paying over $300 for a mob/cpu/RAM combo for something like an HTPC? How does this possibly justify a 50% premium versus a similar AMD HTPC setup? Reply
  • ROID R4GE - Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - link

    What I am most interested in (and haven't seen anyone mention) is finding out if this motherboard along with and i3 530 can handle playback of a 1080p .mkv file.

    have you done any testing of this type?
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  • ROID R4GE - Friday, March 12, 2010 - link

    ok, if anyone is interested. the core i3 and this motherboard can handle a .mkv 1080p movie Reply
  • justniz - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    The tests would have been A LOT more informative if you had included figures from the same tests on a full-sized motherboard with the same ram, cpu and graphics card, so we could see exactly how much of a penalty (if any) the just switching to the smaller size board brings. Reply
  • ScavengerLX - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    From my experience power consumption between an mATX and its mini-ITX counterpart is generally around a ~5 watts higher. Not a huge difference. I think it would be interesting to see how an ATX system compares to a comparable mini-ITX system though.

    Josh
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  • willtriv - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    DFI had a x55 series ITX board on the market for a few months.
    Unless we are talking about h55 and it was a p55...
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  • ggathagan - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    Yes, this is an H55 chipset, allowing for the use of the i3/i5 on-die GPU, whereas DFI's board is P55, requiring an additional GPU card. Reply
  • karlkesselman - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    it seems to me that actually for IDLE power consumption the DFI motherboard is better than Zotac, is it not?
    We have:
    Zotac H55 i3 530 (not igp) = 53 W
    DFI MI-P55 i3 530 (not igp) = 43 W

    So the DFI is 10 W lower on IDLE than Zotac. Can you confirm this? (I assume they use same video card in this case)
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  • Ben - Monday, March 01, 2010 - link

    Something in a banner ad in this article just tried to install a fake Antivirus on my computer! Reply

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