Intel New Micro ATX PC - GIGABYTE H55M-USB3 with Core i5 660 Review
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February 20, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Full speed - 171W
CPUZ shows 4600MHz and 2 physical cores + 2 HT virtual cores utilize status.
After installing 9600GT, it increases 30W in standby mode.
Itís still very green.
When using built-in GPU, 4.5GHz full speed power consumption is 135W and default clock, 3.33GHz full speed power consumption is 83W.
You can see the power consumption rise up obviously after OC.
Especially for CPU with HT technology, full speed will make temperature and voltage be much higher.
1.With GIGABYTE 2oz, USB 3.0
2.One of few H55 products that supports dual PCI-E CrossFire
3.Wide BIOS voltage range, frequency range and rich BIOS features.
4.CPU OC range is good. 200/1600 ratio can rise CPU to 218MHz
5.External SATA chip to make up H55 without RAID
6.H55 overall power consumption is low
1.There are only two 4Pin FAN connectors.
2.During OC DDR3, the compatibility needs to improve
3.As Intel design structure, built-in GPU in i3/i5 CPU, the DDR3 performance is not outstanding.
C/P Value ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Still remember several surreptitious prerelease H55 products by 8th Jan? The price are all above 4000NTD, around 125USD.
After official launch, many models in the market and the price drops to 3300~4300NTD, around 103~135USD.
For CPU price, most acceptable SKU are Pentium G6950 and i3-530.
Through the market price adjustment, users can accept this price range.
Not just see higher CPU and H55 MB price.
It will make many users who look for Intel Clarkdale platform hang back.
GIGABYTE H55M-USB3 market price is around 4100NTD, 128USD.
The lower version is GIGABYTE H55M-UD2H and price is 3700NTD, around 115USD.
Two H55 boards price gap is not big. The main difference is NEC USB 3.0 chip. You can pick up the suitable one after consideration.
The latest Intel All in one platform supports new manufacturing CPU + GPU design, and also make the price be higher.
Even though H55 MB price is reasonable now, CPU price still need to be lower to reach mainstream segment.
GIGABYTE H55M-USB 3.0 has good spec, OC ability and acceptable price segment.
This is my 5th P55+2nd H55 review in LGA1156 platform.
I hope it can help the users who would like to purchase H55 board can refer to my review. Thanks:)
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