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Intel DH57JG Mini-ITX Motherboard with Intel Core i5 660 CPU Review

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Many people don't have enough room for a full-size PC and crave more performance than you can squeeze from a reasonably-priced laptop.  For these people, a mini-ITX system is very appropriate, compromising a few features for a much more compact system.

Today we are going to look at the Intel DH57JG Mini-ITX Motherboard in conjunction with a Core i5 660 CPU.  These should provide the perfect core for a compact everyday PC or even a HTPC and we shall see how well the perform in our tests.

Intel Core i5 660 Specification

Processor Number i5-660
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 3.33 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.6 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 4 MB
Bus/Core Ratio 25
DMI 2.5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.2
Supplemental SKU No
Lithography 32 nm
Max TDP 73 W
VID Voltage Range 0.6500V-1.4000V

Intel DH57JG Specification

Form Factor Mini-ITX
Processor At product launch, this desktop board supports:
  • Intel® Core™ i5-600 processor series in an LGA1156 socket
  • Intel® Core™ i3–500 processor series in an LGA1156 socket
  • Intel® Pentium® processor in an LGA1156 socket
  • Two 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
  • Support for DDR3 1333 /1066 MHz DIMMs
  • Support for up to 8 GB of system memory
Chipset Intel® H57 Express Chipset
Audio Intel® High Definition Audio subsystem in the following configuration:
  • 10-channel (7.1+ 2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem with three analog audio outputs using the Realtek ALC889* audio codec
  • 5-port analog audio and one SPDIF-out ports
  • Dolby Control Center*
LAN Support Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem using the Intel® 82578DC Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Peripheral Interface
Expansion Capabilities One PCI Express* 2.0 x 16 bus add-in card connector

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