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Biostar H55A+ review

Kat Orphanides
23 Apr 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
72
inc VAT

Biostar's ATX motherboard is well laid out and the price is right, but we've seen better budget LGA1156 motherboards.

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Specifications

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

Biostar’s budget H55A+ ATX motherboard is designed for Intel’s socket LGA1156 Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. At around £70, it’s cheaper than most, but it has a rather sparse set of features, with just one PCI-E x1 slot, two PCI slots and a pair of PCI-E x16 slots. We appreciate the layout of these, though; there are no expansion slots directly beneath the main PCI-E x16 slot, so fitting a large graphics card won’t block access to anything else. The second slot can be used for CrossFireX dual graphics card configurations, but only runs at x4, so it best used for other PCI-E cards.

Biostar H55A+ top

Four memory slots allow you to install up to 16GB of 1,866MHz DDR3 RAM and there are six SATA2 connectors for hard disks and optical drives. There are also three USB headers to connect up to six ports on your case’s front panel or additional back plates. The motherboard’s own back plate is rather minimal. It has the bare essentials of four USB ports, a PS/2 port and three 3.5mm analogue audio outputs from the on-board Realtek ALC662 audio processor. This can only output six-channel (5.1) surround sound, so three audio outputs is enough if you’re prepared to go without a mic. There’s also a full set of integrated graphics outputs - VGA, DVI and HDMI; however, the integrated graphics on compatible processors can't output Full HD Blu-ray audio, although they can decode Full HD video.

Biostar H55A+ ports

The H55A+ is gratifyingly inexpensive, but it’s not terribly good value for money. Its performance in our tests was adequate, with an Overall score of 126, but its limited range of features, one-year warranty and paucity of USB ports makes it a poor choice overall. If you’re after a budget LGA1156 board, we prefer the Asus P7H55, which costs less and has more USB ports.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
Processor socketLGA1156
Form factorATX
Size305x210mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus133MHz (2.4GHz DMI)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H55
Chipset south bridgeIntel H55
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1600(OC)/1866(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-15000
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£72
Supplierhttp://www.cclonline.com
Detailswww.biostar.com.tw

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports0
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)none

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC662 (3x analogue out, 1x S/PDIF out header)
USB2 ports / headers4/3
Firewire ports / headers0/0
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other portsVGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included2x SATA
Brackets includednone
Software includeddrivers

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustmentN/A

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