Gigabyte has launched what it claims is the first USB 3.0 mini-ITX form factor motherboard. The GA- H55N-USB3 has a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0), HDMI interface, as well as a range of features including the Durable 3, 3x USB Power, On/Off Charge.
Tim Handley, Motherboard Man at Gigabyte, ruffled his feathers like some kind of boasting technology peacock and said: “The Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 was designed specifically for users wanting to build the ultimate home entertainment PC; small and sleek enough to seamlessly fit into the living room as part of the home, yet powerful enough to easily transfer, store and view today’s many types of digital media content, whatever the format.”
The motherboard is powered by the Intel H55 chipset and supports the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i3 LGA 1156 socket processors with integrated on-die graphics. It also comes with Gigabyte’s 3x USB Power Boost and USB 3.0 support by utilising the NEC controller. Also supported is Gigabyte’s latest On/Off Charge technology, allowing users to fast charge Apple devices including iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices even when the PS is powered off.
The GA-H55N-USB3 motherboard is also claimed to withstand the rigors of an always on device, both in terms of energy efficiency and temperature. by using less copper than a traditional motherboard PCB. This is said to provide better power efficiency and lower operating temperatures. It is also equipped with the Gigabyte Dynamic Energy Saver 2 for a greater level of system-wide power savings and DualBIOS technology, which provides a back-up BIOS chip in case the main BIOS becomes corrupted or damaged.