Review Roundup december 23 2010

ECS H55H-I tested by motherboards-reviews

The ECS H55H-I is an ordinary motherboard with a normal design and capabilities. The H55H-I cannot lower system voltages or monitor their current values and sets too high memory timings by default. When compared to the the Zotac H55-ITX WiFi, the Intel DH57JG and the Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3, it’s the cheapest mini-ITX board.

Test Setup:

* CPU : Intel Core i3-540
* CPU Cooler : Scythe Samurai ZZ
* Memory : 4B DDR3 Patriot PVV34G2000LLKB
Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 5 2000 MHz
* Optical Drive : Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7173A DVD RW
* Power Supply : CoolerMaster RealPower M850
* SSD : Kingston SSD Now V+ Series

ASUS Sabertooth X58 tested by hardocp

The board features an 8+2 phase power design with 2 additional phases for memory stability. Not the most impressive sounding but when it comes to phases quality beats quantity every time. Given that the Sabertooth X58 is based on Intel’s X58 chipset it has the usual 6 SATA 3G ports and 12 USB 2.0 ports.

The bottom line is that the Sabertooth X58 is a fantastic board. Fortunately or unfortunately parallels and outright comparisons between this board and the Rampage III Formula are inevitable. I had the Rampage III Formula on my mind the entire time I worked with the Sabertooth X58.

The Rampage III Formula has a better audio solution and a much better onboard network controller. Absent are onboard power and reset controls found on ASUS’ higher priced offerings.

Gigabyte H55N-USB3 tested by hardwaresecrets

Frequently mini-ITX motherboards come with embedded low-consuption CPUs, like the Intel Atom, and they are used in computers where the focus is size and power consumption, not performance. But the H55N-USB3 is an exception: it accepts any socket 1156 CPU, like the Core i3, Core i5 and even some Core i7 models.

The Gigabyte H55N-USB3 differs from other mini-ITX motherboard we have seen so far, not only because several motherboards that use this form factor bring a low consuption (and thus, low performance) CPU soldered on it, but because the H55N-USB3 have a lot of features we are used to see only on high-end motherboards.

Corsair Vengeance 8gb PC3-12800 Cas9 tested by overclockersclub

The Corsair Vengeance 8GB kit performed as expected in the testing we subjected it to. It was right in line with the other 1600 Mhz kits and performed well against the comparably overclocked kits.

OCZ Technology 4GB PC3-12800 Reaper ULV Dual Channel Kit tested by bigbruin

This DDR3 kit is an updated version of their Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) series, and this time around OCZ Technology has dropped the required voltage requirement from 1.65V to 1.5V, so it can now carry the moniker “Ultra Low Voltage”.

The good news is that even at stock speeds, the OCZ Technology 4GB PC3-12800 Reaper ULV dual channel kit (part number OCZ3RPR1600ULV4GK) is a pretty solid performer. If you have the right hardware to go with it, you can also get some fairly decent overclocks and boost the performance even further.

Biostar TH67XE tested by hardwaresecrets

The next-generation Intel CPUs, codenamed “Sandy Bridge”, will be released in January, 2011, and will use a new socket, called LGA1155 or “socket 1155”. To match this new CPU generation Intel will launch two chipsets, the H67 and P67.

The Biostar TH67XE will be an interesting option for users building a fast HTPC based on a forthcoming Intel socket 1155 CPU: it has four different video connectors, on-board optical SPDIF output, SATA-600, USB 3.0, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet ports and an infrared interface for you to add a remote control. The voltage regulator circuit used on this motherboard isn’t bad at all for an entry-level motherboard.

The Biostar TH67XE comes with a seven-phase voltage regulator circuit for the CPU. Of the seven available phases, four are used to generate the CPU main voltage (Vcc, a.k.a. Vcore), two are used to generate the voltage required by the integrated memory controller and the L3 memory cache (VTT), and one is used to generate the voltage required by the CPU integrated video controller (VAXG). Therefore, this motherboard has a “4+2+1” configuration.


~ by benchmarkstest on December 23, 2010.

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