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H55 & H57 Motherboard Roundup Review

jlqrb    -   June 18, 2010
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Specifications:

CPU
LGA1156 socket for latest new Core i5/Core i3 Clarkdale high-end desktop processors
 
DMI 2.5GT/s
LGA1156 socket for latest Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 high-end desktop processors
 
DMI 2.5GT/s
LGA1156 socket for latest Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 high-end desktop processors
 
DMI 2.5GT/s
CHIPSET
Intel® H55 Express Chipset
 Intel® H55 Express Chipset
Intel® H57 Express Chipset
MEMORY
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
 
2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
 
Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
 
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 16GB
 
Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
Dual-channel DDR3 memory architecture
 
4 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 16GB
 
Support DDR3 1333/1066 SDRAM
EXPANSION SLOT
1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot
 
 
1 x PCI Express x16 slot
 
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
 
1 x PCI slot
1 x PCI Express x16 Gen2.0 slot
 
1 x PCI Express x4 slot
 
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
 
1 x PCI slot
STORAGE
Support by Intel® H55
    • 4 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
    • 1 x eSATA
Support by Intel® H55
    • 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
Support by Intel® H57
    • 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0Gb/s devices
º Support by JMicron® JMB360    • 1 x eSATA
AUDIO
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
 
Compliant with HD audio specification
Realtek ALC662 6-channel HD audio CODEC
 
Realtek ALC888 8-channel HD Audio codec (Optional)
Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC
 
Compliant with HD audio specification
LAN
Realtek RTL8111DL Gigabit Lan
 
Dual RealTek 8111DL Gigabit Fast Ethernet with Teaming
REAR PANEL I/O
º 1 x D-sub(VGA)
º 1 x HDMI Port
º 1 x DVI Port
º 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
º 1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
º 2 x Digital SPDIF (Optical & Coaxial) out
º 1 x SPDIF out connector
º 1 x eSATA
º 6 x USB ports
º 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
º 6 x USB ports
º 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
º 1 x Audio port
º 1 x LPT port
º 1 x VGA port
º 1 x D-sub(VGA)
º 1 x HDMI Port
º 1 x DVI Port
º 2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
º 1 x Audio port (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
º 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
º 1 x eSATA
º 8 x USB ports
INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS
º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 4-pin 12V Connector
º 1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x Speaker header
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x SPDIF out header
º 4 x SATAII 3Gb/s connectors
º 2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB Ports
º 1 x Clear CMOS header
º 1 x Chassis intrusion header
º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V connector
º 1 x CPU_FAN connector
º 1 x PWR_FAN connector
º 1 x SYS Fan header
º 1 x FDD connector
º 6 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
º 1 x Case open header
º 1 x TPM header
º 1 x Buzzer
º 1 x 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
º 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
º 1 x 4pin CPU_FAN connectors
º 1 x 3-pin PWR_FAN connector
º 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
º 1 x Power on button
º 1 x Reset button
º 1 x Front panel switch/LED header
º 1 x Front panel audio header
º 1 x SPDIF out header
º 1 x Clear CMOS button
º 1X Power on LED (Green light)
º 1X Stand by LED (Red Light)
º 6 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s connectors
º 3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 USB ports
º 1 X onboard Buzzer
º 1 x Chassis intrusion header
SYSTEM BIOS
º AMI BIOS with 64Mb SPI Flash ROM
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F11 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support over-clocking
º ECS eJIFFY utility
º AMI BIOS with 16Mb SPI Flash ROM
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Supports ACPI & DMI
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F11 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support Page Up clear CMOS Hotkey
º Supports ACPI 3.0 revision
 AMI BIOS with 64Mb SPI Flash ROM
º Supports Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
º Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
º F11 hot key for boot up devices option
º Support over-clocking
º Support eJIFFY
º Support ECS M.I.B III Utility
FORM FACTOR
 Mini ITX 170x170mm
Micro-ATX Size, 244mm*244mm
 Micro-ATX Size, 244mm*244mm

 

Features:

  • LGA 1156 Core i7 - Supports the Intel® Core i7 Processors in the LGA1156 package. Applying processing power where it's needed most with faster, intelligent, multi-core technology, and delivering an incredible breakthrough in PC performance
  • LGA 1156 Core i5 - Supports the Intel Core i5 Processors in the LGA1156 package. Accelerating in response to demanding tasks, such as playing games and editing photos with intelligent performance, and moving faster when you do.
  • LGA 1156 Core i3 - Supports the Intel Core i3 Processors in the LGA1156 package. This family equipped with Intel® HD Graphics is the perfect entry point for a fast, responsive PC experience.
  • LGA 1156 - Supports LGA 1156 CPU-socket interface in the single chipset structure and will supersede LGA775 in the high-end and performance desktop segments. It can tune your system for extra performance and feed your need for speed.
  • Dual Channel DDR3 1333(OC) - Doubles the bandwidth of your system memory up to 21.0GB/s and pumps up the system performance at lower power
  • PCI EXPRESS 2.0 - The exceptionally increased interconnect bit rate from 2.5GT/s up to 5.0GT/s would effectively eliminates the bottle neck of the system performance and brings the most terrific computing experience from the present to the future.
  • SATAII 3.0Gb/s - Doubles the transfer speed of SATA, running at speed up to 3.0Gb/s, and fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released SATA HDD, CD-ROM and other cutting-edge devices with NCQ function support.
  • 6 Channel High Definition Audio - Integrated 6-channel HD Audio CODEC delivering advanced multi-channel audio and bringing you the experience of home theater-quality sound.
  • Gigabit LAN - Delivers transfer speed ten times faster than conventional 10/ 100 Ethernet connections, supporting a high transfer rate up to Gigabit/s. Gigabit LAN is the networking standards for the future and is ideal for handing large amount of data such as video, audio, and voice.
  • USB 2.0 - The latest connectivity standard which delivers transfer speeds up to 480Mb/s for easy connectivity and ultra-fast data transfers
  • HDMI - The interface supports existing high-definition video formats(720p, 1080i, and even 1080p), plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. Combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.
  • eJIFFY - ECS eJIFFY is a Linux based interface for a fast boot application which is compressed in a CD to install on the hard drive.Within 8 seconds after the computer boots up, eJIFFY is ready to provide users the total enjoyment for web browsing, photo reviewing and on-line chat. Instead of waiting for the regular OS to start up, eJIFFY serves a convenient center to have quick fun or a glance at the hot news in today’s fast pace world where nothing can be too quick.
  • eBLU - BIOS Live Update Utility - ECS eBLU utility makes updating BIOS fast and easy. eBLU saves time and hassle of searching for BIOS online and avoid complicated flashing steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new BIOS version on-line and safely guides the user to flash the system BIOS.
  • eDLU - Drivers Live Update Utility - ECS eDLU utility makes updating Drivers fast and easy. eDLU Saves time and hassle of searching for Drivers online and avoid complicated steps. With simple and easy steps it checks for new Drivers version on-line and let the user to update the Drivers.
  • Certified For Windows® 7 - Windows® 7 platform introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. It is more user-friendly and has been optimized to consume less system resources with Windows® 7 as well. Furthermore, the VT technology is enhanced to support real-time multimedia application including video playback and 3D games.
  • Certified For Windows Vista - The latest generation Microsoft O.S., delivers better personal productivity and digital entertainment on your PC through its improved reliability, security, and performance.
  • EuP Certified - ECS Motherboards have been certified by EuP. EuP certification verifies that ECS motherboards comply with European Union stander to decrease the environmental effects and promote sustainable environment. Save energy and keep healthy environment by choosing ECS motherboards.
  • ROHS - Choose an environment-friendly, fully RoHS-compliant ECS product as the foundation for keeping harmful substances out of our ecosystem.

 

All information courtesy of ECS @ http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=1090&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=15&LanID=9




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