ECS H55H-M motherboard review -
Final Words and Verdict
Now agreeably, this is not the most sexy looking motherboard in terms of aesthetics. But fair enough, the product isn't targeted to be that anyway. It is what it is and that certainly is good value for money. For not a lot of dough you get a proper baseline performing Core i3 and i5 ready motherboard. Pop in a Clarkdale based processor and voilla, you'll have working 2D/3D graphics as well. It's pretty much all you need to get Windows Vista or 7 going properly. Should you want to game in a more serious fashion, then just make use of the PCIe slot and make use of a dedicated graphics card.
Overall the ECS H55H-M is a fair and good motherboard. Performance is as expected, and for the money the features are plenty decent. Do not expect a tweaking or overclocking monster though, this is not what the board is intended for, but you could overclock a little in the baseclock if you wanted to. But for your average desktop usage and mid-range classed activities, this motherboard will do just fine.
There's one side note I like to make to ECS. Why not integrate a HDMI connector ? Mainboards like these in combo with Clarkdale are a really nice combination for HTPCs. Next to that we see more and more monitors support HDMI. A HDMI connector would have made total sense to me.
Considering that the H55 chipset alone costs ECS 40 bucks a piece and then they still have to design a motherboard around it, the roughly 79 USD pricetag is warranted. A bit of a downer is not the motherboard, but the overall Clarkdale processor pricing. For the same amount of money you can pickup an AMD 785 based motherboard offering more features and performance when paired with a nice X3 or X4 Phenom II processor. But it's certainly good to have choices, and we like the H55 motherboard for what it brings to the table.
The ECS H55H-M motherboard comes recommended as a good value product.
We test the ECS H55H-I. It's been topic amongst many of the male versus female species for decades now and here at Guru3D today we will bring you the definitive answer to the eternal question ... does size matter ?! Pop on a Clarkdale based processor like the Core i3 or Core i5 series and you can use it's HDMI, DVI of DSUB graphics connector. Audio ? No worries the embedded Realtek ACL 8982 eight channel audio codec will happily output to analog or coaxial or optical TOSLINK S/PDIF connectors, need USB ? Well, the rear panel has six of them, need SATA2 ? Here we spot four ports and one eSATA, dual channel memory ? Yep supported, up-to 1600 MHz and in the end if you do not want to use the embedded graphics from the processor, then you can even pop in a full x16 PCIe graphics card and make a wicked gaming rig out of this very handy H55H-I motherboard.
ECS H55H-M motherboard review
If you can live just fine with just one Gigabit Ethernet connector, six SATA2 ports and analog 5.1 audio you can safe yourself a lot of buckaroonies alright. Yes you'd have a fairly high performance 'regular' PC which certainly doesn't have to be expensive. Today we look at such a product, it's the all new H55 chipset based ECS H55H-M motherboard priced at roughly 55 EUR / 79 USD. It comes in that all too familiar green PCB color, all the features you need to run a very decent PC, it's mATX based allowing much flexibility and even has a x16 PCIe slot should you want to seat a dedicated graphics card on it. And sure, being H55 -- if you pair it with a series 600 Core i5 processor or the Core i3 series (Clarkdale) processor you can make use of the embedded GPU inside that processor as well.