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

Rating: 8.0.

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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  • Tech Head

    Really good review, I like these systems and it is always great to see coverage. CPU is good for the price too. Not sure I agree it would need to be core i3, core i5 performance is very strong for the clocks.

  • Terry

    weird design if there is no CMOS clearance switch ?

  • Samuel Peeps

    I need a media system like this, my PC noise levels are rubbish for media 🙁

  • Derek

    What is that cooler like? a reference intel cooler ?

  • Tim

    Nice little system that. Would probably use a different chassis tho

  • Small Butt

    Sounds like the perfect board for me, on my to buy list.

  • Trevor

    The zotac board seems a better deal than this one as the overclocking options are better.

  • Farak

    If they allow for overclocking but give no way to rescue it, what is the point of that? if it locks out how do you get back to normal.

  • Smythe

    Are you sure the board cant overclock? what is the point of giving bios options if they dont allow voltage increases or ways to get it back to default speeds? isnt that a recipe for a disaster?