EVGA H55 Motherboard
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 02-15-2010
Provided by: EVGA
Continued Look

A quick visual tour around the perimeter of the board reveals quite a bit. Starting with the first photo, we see six SATA 3.0 ports and an IDE port angled off the side of the board. This is done to ease cable management and make for a neater looking installation when inside your case. You may also have noticed that this board uses 100% solid capacitors which will provide a longer lifespan. I'm sure many of you have seen exploded caps on older motherboards.

Looking at the bottom of the board, we find a single PCIe X16 slot, a PCIe X4 slot and three regular PCI slots. EVGA states that the two PCIe slots should support CrossFire but not SLI. Of course, if you are using an H55 board designed to use Intel's on-chip graphics, I'm not so sure you would be building a gaming machine. Nevertheless, it's nice that the option is there. Then again, I didn't foresee users installing Clarkdale chips in a P55 board, but that practice is pretty widespread as well.

We also find an S/PDIF header, reset button, power button and CMOS reset button positioned below the last PCI slot. Beside these buttons are two 3-pin fan headers and a FireWire header. The passive chipset cooler should have plenty of surface area to adequately cool the Southbridge.

In the second and third photos, we have a close look at the bottom right side of the board. Here we find front panel I/O connectors as well as two USB headers, battery and a POST code LED indicator that doubles as a CPU temperature monitor when running, which is very convenient. Rounding out this area is a JMB363 chip that controls the two red SATA ports below and allows for RAID functionality, something the H55 chipset does not provide on its own.

More just ahead.

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