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Intel DH55TC LGA1156 motherboard review

Alan Lu
7 Apr 2010
Intel DH55TC LGA1156 motherboard
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
82
inc VAT

Intel's DH55TC is a very capable LGA1156 microATX motherboard, but there are cheaper alternatives.

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Specifications

LGA1156, microATX, Intel H55 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

Intel's DH55TC is a microATX LGA1156 motherboard. Its compact size and H55 Express chipset, which supports the HD-capable integrated graphics of the latest Core i3 and i5 processors, make it an appealing choice for building a home theatre PC.

There's an HDMI port for connecting a TV. An S/PDIF header is present for connecting a surround-sound amplifier once you've bought the necessary backplate.

Unsurprisingly for an Intel motherboard, there aren't any overclocking controls in the BIOS for eking out more performance from your processor. Intel would much rather you buy a faster processor instead. This isn't a critical flaw for most people, however.

If, for some reason, you feel the need to fit a massive 16GB of RAM, then this motherboard will recognise it all. There are six SATA ports, but no RAID support which isn't surprising for a microATX motherboard.

There are parallel and serial headers for connecting older peripherals, plus three USB headers allowing a total of nine ports if you use all USB headers. All slots and ports are sensibly laid out, with no tightly spaced slots or protruding parts to it tricky to fit components.

Intel's DH55TC is a good microATX LGA1156 motherboard, but unless you must have an Intel board, the similar Biostar TH55B HD motherboard is better value at £14 less.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA1156
Form factormicroATX
Size244x244mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus133MHz (2.0GB/s Direct Media Interface)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H55 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel H55 Express
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333
Maximum memory speedPC3-10600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory2GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£82
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.intel.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architecturenone
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots1
Fan headers2
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888S (3x analogue out, S/PDIF header)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, parallel header, serial header
Other portsHDMI, DVI, VGA
Cables includednone
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentnone
CPU clock max adjustment0MHz

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