The upcoming H5x series lineup is slowly making its debut as Intel preps the launch of their Core i3 and i5 CPU’s for early 2010.
ASRock is a vendor most enthusiasts have appreciated at one point in time for their often unique and innovative offerings, but this time are producing motherboards decidedly more for mainstream use. The H55 chipset brings the full capabilities of Intel’s new integrated graphics chip – present on its soon to be released Clarkdale processors – with what is known as the Flexible Display Interface.
To start, ASRock is showing off two micro ATX boards, featuring 4+1 phase CPU VRM and high quality DuraCap solid capacitors. The boards include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (CrossfireX capable), along with PCI-E x1 and PCI. The integrated graphics outputs to DVI, VGA and HDMI, with that there is 7.1 channel audio, gigabit ethernet and eSATA connections.
The two boards do have some clear differences with the H55M Pro boasting 4 DDR3-2600 DIMM slots, while the H55M has only two. Coupled with this, the Pro has 5 internal SATA 2 ports and a single eSATA and also includes a Firewire connections, while the vanilla model has 4 interal SATA2 ports with 2 eSATA and lacks Firewire.
The third board being trumpetted is a standard ATX model, the H55DE3, featuring near identical specs to the mATX boards, but with the added benefit of a longer PCB it includes additional PCE x1 and PCI slots. It has the standard 4 DDR3-2600 4 DIMM and an identical connection options including the HDMI and 7.1 channel audio. It does however only include 4 internal SATA 2 ports, with 2 eSATA.
The boards should be available in late December or early January near the launch of Intel’s CPU’s. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.
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