GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Thanks to “Future Looks” we can learn a lot more about this motherboard. As many of you may know this board from Gigabyte is designed to consume little power, create little noise, and generate little heat. To achieve this, the manufacturers have stripped the design of the unit down to the essentials, omitting such features as integrated Wi-Fi. Despite this, a capable and expandable system is left – and at about $100 (available on Amazon), its portability and efficiency seem worth the price.

A key feature of the GA-H55N-USB3 is its adaptability. Add a Core i3 or i5 Clarksfale processor, and a well-performing home cinema system emerges. Similarly, including a high-end video card in the board creates a high-spec gaming system, although this would negate the benefits of its low power consumption. Aside from the modifiability of the board, amongst the fairly standard inclusions can be counted USB 3.0 support for swift access to data and a full-speed PCIE x16 slot (although its location may limit the potential sizes of CPU coolers).

In conclusion Gigabyte have produced a highly-capable, competitively-priced, easily-modifiable board suitable for a range of uses. Despite its limitations, this reasonably-priced unit will serve many purposes. For a full test and review, see FutureLooks review.

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