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Foxconn H55A review

Kat Orphanides
12 Sep 2010
Foxconn H55A
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
75
inc VAT

This budget ATX motherboard provides more slots and space than similarly-priced microATX boards but its performance is slightly disappointing for the price.

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Specifications

LGA1156, ATX, Intel H55 chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

Foxcon’s H55A is a budget LGA1156 ATX motherboard. It doesn’t have any of the latest features, such as USB3 or SATA III but its size means it has more expansion options that the MicroATX boards we're used to seeing at this price.

Four RAM slots can each take a 4GB DDR3 DIMM to a maximum of 16GB and can handle overclocked RAM at speeds up to 2,000MHz. A single PCI-E x16 slot can be used for a graphics card if you don't want to use an Intel processor's onboard graphics, while three PCI and three PCI-E x1 slots give you plenty of room for peripherals. However, a dual-slot graphics card will block the top PCI-E x1 slot.

Foxconn H55A

Other onboard connectors include three USB headers, six SATA II ports and an IDE connector. At the back, you’ll find a pair of eSATA ports and six USB ports. The VIA onboard audio processor has 7.1 analogue audio out via six stereo outputs, while the integrated graphics capabilities of Intel’s LGA1156 processors can be used via the HDMI and DVI ports.

The H55A'ss overall benchmark score of 129 is a slight bit disappointing and we've seen boards with this chipset score a fair bit higher. Although this is a full ATX board, we expected better performance for £75, particularly in the face of competition. As such, Gigabyte’s GA-H55M-S2 microATX board is both faster and cheaper.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA1156
Form factorATX
Size305x219mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus133MHz (2.0GB/s Direct Media Interface)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H55
Chipset south bridgeIntel H55
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600
Maximum memory speedPC3-12800
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£75
Supplierhttp://www.cclonline.com
Detailswww.foxconnchannel.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots1
Dual graphics architectureHybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots3
PCI slots3
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Via VT1828S (6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2
Other ports2x eSATA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA, 2x Molex to SATA power
Brackets includednone
Software includeddrivers only

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment400MHz

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