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Biostar H55A+ review

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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.


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 socket LGA1156
Form factor ATX
Size 305x210mm
Processor support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus 133MHz (2.4GHz DMI)
Chipset north bridge Intel H55
Chipset south bridge Intel H55
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR3 1066/1333/1600(OC)/1866(OC)
Maximum memory speed PC3-15000
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £72

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 2
Dual graphics architecture CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 3
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC662 (3x analogue out, 1x S/PDIF out header)
USB2 ports / headers 4/3
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports VGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included 2x SATA
Brackets included none
Software included drivers

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment N/A

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