Tuesday, December 15th 2009

Trio of Gigabyte H55 Motherboards Surface

Gigabyte is ready with a trio of motherboards based on the value desktop chipset for the LGA-1156 platform, the Intel H55 Express. The three offer essential features of the chipset, including support for Flexible Display Interface, which provides connectivity for Intel processors with embedded graphics controllers. The trio includes two micro-ATX models: GA-H55M-S2H and GA-H55M-UD2H, and the ATX GA-H55-UD3H.

The GA-H55M-S2H is entry-level, 7-phase CPU VRM, two DDR3 DIMM slots wired to it for dual-channel memory, a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slot, PCI-Express x16 (electrical x4), and two PCI slots. All six SATA 3 Gbps ports are assigned as internal ports, with the rear-panel consisting of an 8-channel audio cluster with optical SPDIF output, eight USB 2.0 ports, a keyboard/mouse combo PS/2 port, gigabit Ethernet, and display connectivity including DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Solid-state capacitors are limited to the vital VRM areas, with the rest of the board making use of standard electrolytic capacitors.

The GA-H55M-UD2H slightly ups the deal with four DDR3 DIMM slots, one of the six SATA ports being assigned as an eSATA port, FireWire, and Ultra Durable 3 Classic construction (which brings in all solid-state capacitors and 2 oz copper PCB), to the list. Its rear panel consists of 8-channel audio with optical SPDIF, FireWire, eSATA, a number of USB 2.0 ports, DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI for display connectivity. Lastly, there's the GA-H55-UD3H. It retains the same CPU VRM design as the H55M models, while offering nearly the same feature-set as the GA-H55M-S2H, except for seven expansion slots including one each of PCI-Express 2.0 x16, PCI-Express x16 (x4), PCI-E x1, and four PCI slots in the middle. All six SATA ports are internal, with the rear-panel identical to that of the GA-H55M-S2H. Ultra Durable 3 Classic construction provides it with an all-solid capacitor design and 2 oz copper PCB. The three are expected to be released in Q1 2010, along with a wave of motherboards based on the Intel H55 Express chipset.
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20 Comments on Trio of Gigabyte H55 Motherboards Surface

#3
MRCL
Why are the PCIe slots on the GA-H55-UD3H so far apart from each other? You'll need a bigass CFX/SLI bridge to couple two cards... that is if that board supports any of those technologies anyway.
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#4
TheLostSwede
You might also want to mention the GA-H57M-USB3 ;)
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#5
sapetto
Umm.... Whats the difference between P55 and H55?
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#6
skylamer
by: sapetto
Umm.... Whats the difference between P55 and H55?
same, i want to ask that question :D) when i see that prefix "H"
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#7
Jizzler
I believe the main difference is support for CPU's with Flexible Display Interface (Havendale Clarkdale).
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#8
angelkiller
by: sapetto
Umm.... Whats the difference between P55 and H55?
Like Jizzler siad, H55 supports Intel CPUs that will have a GPU built in them.

I think Intel designed P55 for the mainstream/OCing crowd and the H55 for the lower end folks, which is why they have 2 products. (even though they are essentially the same thing) So think of H55 as the Intel 'G55'. Nobody gets a Gx5 board for overclocking, etc.
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#10
zithe
by: angelkiller
Like Jizzler siad, H55 supports Intel CPUs that will have a GPU built in them.

I think Intel designed P55 for the mainstream/OCing crowd and the H55 for the lower end folks, which is why they have 2 products. (even though they are essentially the same thing) So think of H55 as the Intel 'G55'. Nobody gets a Gx5 board for overclocking, etc.
Some Gxx boards OC pretty well. Just keep an eye out on these new ones!
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#11
buggalugs
What are the specs of this onboard graphics you speak of?
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#12
zithe
They'll probably be the newest intel onboard.
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#13
Zubasa
by: buggalugs
What are the specs of this onboard graphics you speak of?
Not exactly onboard, but the Graphics is packed within the CPU.
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#14
buggalugs
Ok so what kind of performance can we expect?
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#15
Hayder_Master
by: sapetto
Umm.... Whats the difference between P55 and H55?
by: skylamer
same, i want to ask that question :D) when i see that prefix "H"
by: Jizzler
I believe the main difference is support for CPU's with Flexible Display Interface (Havendale).
H55 it's lower profile than P55 , just like G series in LGA775
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#16
buggalugs
It seems to be called Intel HD Graphics. With clocks from 166Mhz to 500Mhz using some kind of turbo feature like the CPUs. Still, 500Mhz doesnt tell us much about performance.
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#17
Jizzler
by: hayder.master
H55 it's lower profile than P55 , just like G series in LGA775
I don't understand what you mean by that?
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#19
Hayder_Master
by: Jizzler
I don't understand what you mean by that?
make an compare between P31 and G31 you find P series have better overclocking also better cooling, many bios options and features , more ports (USB,SATA) , also P series always enhancement by brands many times and let we take gigabyte as example we can see many P31 (p31 S1 , P31 S2 , P31 S3 , P31 DS ....) and you that's mean many features add like more ram slot's ,more pci and pci-e slot's

by: [I.R.A]_FBi
Lower in the ranks
+1
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#20
Initialised
by: MRCL
Why are the PCIe slots on the GA-H55-UD3H so far apart from each other? You'll need a bigass CFX/SLI bridge to couple two cards... that is if that board supports any of those technologies anyway.
Because the bottom slot is for a PCIEx8 SSD ;)
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