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Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Here at KitGuru we have tested a whole host of motherboards from different manufacturers, encompassing all the major platforms on the market today.  One variety that we haven’t ever tested is a Micro-ATX form factor board on any platform.

Today we are going to look at the Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H motherboard which, as the name suggests, is based around Intel’s H55 chipset.  Having a Micro-ATX form factor should make it perfect for those looking to build a compact system or HTPC.  We look forward to seeing how it performs in our tests.

Specification

CPU
  1. Support for an Intel®
    Core™ i7 series processor/Intel®
    Core™ i5 series processor/ Intel®
    Core™ i3 series processor in the LGA1156 package (Go to GIGABYTE’s website for the latest CPU support list.)
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
Chipset
  1. Intel® H55 Express Chipset
Memory
  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2200+/1800/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

* To reach DDR3 2200 MHz and above, you are required to use with Intel Core i7/Core i5 CPU without HD Graphics and install a discrete graphics card.

When using Intel Core i5/Core i3/ Pentium CPU with HD Graphics, the maximum memory speed supported is 1666 MHz

* Go to GIGABYTE’s website for the latest memory support list.

Onboard Graphics Integrated in the Chipset:

  1. 1 x D-Sub port (Note 2)
  2. 1 x DVI-D port (Note 2) (Note 3) (Note 4)
  3. 1 x HDMI port(Note 2) (Note 4)
  4. 1 x DisplayPort (Note 2) (Note 4)
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  5. Support for CD In
LAN
  1. 1 x RTL8111D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. *1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  2. *1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  3. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for ATI CrossFireX™ technology
Storage Interface Chipset:

  1. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors supporting up to 5 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s device

JMicron JMB368 chip:

  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices

iTE IT8720 chip:

  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USB
  1. Integrated in the Chipset
  2. Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, 6 via the USB brackets con- nected to the internal USB headers)
IEEE 1394
  1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  2. Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 5 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 1 x CPU fan header
  7. 1 x system fan headers
  8. 1 x front panel header
  9. 1 x front panel audio header
  10. 1 x CD In connector
  11. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  12. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  13. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  14. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  15. 1 x serial port header
  16. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse port
  2. 1 x D-Sub port
  3. 1 x DVI-D port
  4. 1 x HDMI port
  5. 1 x DisplayPort
  6. 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  7. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  8. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  9. 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector
  10. 1 x RJ-45 port
  11. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear
    Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
  6. CPU/System fan speed control (Note 7)
BIOS
  1. 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

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  • Frank

    Seems like a good value product to be honest. I like their boards, bioses are normally really good.

  • Roth

    60 quid for a board like this is much lower than competiting products from say Zotac. im well impressed with this tbh. shame I have no intention of building a media pc right now.

  • Eric

    Its always an issue with the smaller PCB’s. I know zardon had to modifiy the zotac board to fit the arctic cooling cooler onto it in his review. Its always going to be a compromise. someting like the watercooling all in ones you used in this are ideal, if the chassis can accommodate them.

  • Tim

    Pretty good board, i think if I was building a media pc tho id opt for a bigger chassis to take a full sized board. these are limited.

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