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ZOTAC H55ITX-C-E LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H55
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1156)
  • DDR3 1066/1333
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2011 8:05:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't!!!!!!!!

Pros: It's small

Cons: Where to start? It does not remember bios settings
Any slight jostle - such as plugging a USB into the rear panel - causes a reboot. Boot mngr may or may not be present at that point. Does not play well with WHS. Drives are accounted for in all places but the OS
Driver disk features an empty menu. It's pathetic. If you install from the directory, drivers are installed but unavailible.

Other Thoughts: Worst. Motherboard. Ever. Actually, scratch board and start with fu..
In the 30 or so computers I have asssembled, I have never seen anything close to how awful this board is.
I am annoyed that I had to give this excrement a single star. It didn't earn it.
Don't do it!!!!

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  • Doug L.
  • 8/8/2011 10:03:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsIssues with all wireless mouse & keyboards

Pros: Very low power consumption. Idles at 24watts in Windows 7 using the i3-2100t.

Cons: After running the updates in Windows 7, the wireless mouse and keyboard doesn't work anymore. I tried several different wireless mouse and keyboard and none of them work in Windows 7 eventhough they work in Dos and at bootup. I plugged in a ps2 wired keyboard and it works. I reinstalled Windows 7 and after running windows update, I have the same issue with the wireless mouse and keyboard. I found someone else posted the same issue when I did a google search. It seems Zotac haven't been able to fix the issue yet.

Other Thoughts: If you plan on running Windows 7 and use wireless usb mouse and keyboard, do not buy this motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,
I am sorry you are experiencing technical issues. You can contact our technicians directly by submitting a support ticket and they will be able to assist you further in resolving your issue. Thank you.

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  • Gerald R.
  • 7/15/2011 9:50:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice hardware - bad BIOS

Pros: - 6 sata ports
- 8 total USB ports on back + 4 more with headers
- Wifi on board

Cons: - RAM compatibility on this board is terrible. Make sure the RAM you buy can handle Command Rate timing of 1T because the BIOS is locked at that setting and not accessible to change it.
- Does not follow Intel spec. Overvolts on load instead of droops. LLC enabled by default? Not sure as the option isn't available in the BIOS.
- Lack of VTT voltage options in BIOS limits overclock ability (I believe it's locked at 1.12)
- Limited vcore and vdimm options.

Other Thoughts: I'd say don't get this board if you're planning on overclocking, but if that's the case, there are much cheaper boards you can buy. BIOS on this isn't very good and Zotac's terrible about support in terms of updates. I've pointed these issues out to Zotac reps and was told that they're not interested in updating the BIOS on this board. Not even the simple Command Rate fix.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear customer,
I am sorry you seem to be experiencing problems with your motherboard. I would recommend that you visit our forums or contact our technical support specialists at support@zotacusa.com and allow us the opportunity to remediate your issues. Once again, I apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

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  • Jared H.
  • 6/24/2011 11:28:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent, has some issues

Pros: I love the amount of ports on this board. It has just about everything I need, and some I don't. Installation is easy, and I haven't had any problems, except...

Cons: I bought this because it supported 1333 RAM, which I thought was great. As it turns out, either the RAM I bought is sketchy, or the board is sketchy. Let me describe:

I bought this RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model PGD38G1333ELK (full name in case Newegg removes it one day) thinking it would be a perfect fit. I booted up and immediately had graphics artifacts. Thinking it was a seating problem, I reseated my RAM and CPU. Problems went away on boot, but I couldn't boot my Win7 DVD. After a little while of swapping memory around and hoping I didn't have a faulty CPU, I took out 1 stick of memory. The problems went away immediately.

Ok, so I install Windows thinking it might have been some other form of problem. I put the other stick back in and I get the same graphics artifacts. I swap the sticks, try both individually in both slots, and the machine boots perfectly. (See other thoughts for more)...

Other Thoughts: As soon as I have both in, I can't boot any more! I force the RAM speed down to 1067 and now the system is awesome again. I have all 8GB running and Windows detects it all.

I heard some other people had issues with this board, and that the memory wasn't fully tested when making this. Which is a shame, because it's an otherwise awesome board.

tl;dr: 2x4GB DDR3 1333 memory doesn't work unless you underclock to 1067. Might be able to tweak the timing and voltage to get it to work with 1333, but it's fine at 1067.

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  • David B.
  • 3/18/2011 1:24:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent board

Pros: Lots of features, small footprint.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Installed this board with a i3 Intel 560 coupled with a SSD in a small enclosure to use as a HTPC. The combo Rocks! No problems at all, the combo runs cool and flawlessly. Haven't tried it with Blu-Ray yet

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  • PFC M.
  • 3/6/2011 10:51:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: 1. small itx
2. wifi 802.11n
3. 6 sata and 1 esata
4. usb3.0
5. dvi(and vga adapter[expected]) hdmi out is nice
6. ps/2 slot, only 1 tho :(
7. 5channel + optical audio out
8. lan is acting up, only wants to work with a cross over cable. my other computer can access the internet fine, but i have to use cross over on the ddwrt router to use the internet (fastly) on the NAS, wireless doesnt matter
9. 4rail chord comes with it, never will need it tho (graphics) as i have the i3.
10. 8gb of ddr3 ram is nice.
11. i3 processor -- not a fan, but it works for the purpose of a cheap NAS with good specs :)

oh and super awesome : the mobo is labeled :)
i already lost the instructions lol, and the power switch was labeled, so thats too easy lol

also your wifi card needed no driver with win7 install so i could just download all the drivers i wanted with no flash stick lol.... because i lost the mobo dvd drivers too lol...

Cons: 1. need to put HDDs in before the mobo lol, small cases with a small mobo -- atm its not in the case, using butter knife to boot lol
2. the cheap sma 2dbi antenas suck, but thats expected. just buy some a 30dbi booster or solder your own antennas, i paired 2 guage24 wire and 8 spirals, and a BIC pen case :)
4. most mobos have power on the usb even after the system is in state3 / power off
5. hdmi works, but is wierd on win7 with a fresh install that has 0 drivers
6. you could have easily added another ps2 slot lol... i had to use a ps2 to usb adapter for extra trackball

Other Thoughts: +1. dont get an itx PSU -- there all junk
2. a sma antenna booster will only cost about $30 for 10x the dbi
3. very nice, will have 1 32gb ssd for OS and 5 raid 5. (havnt tested yet) -- also the mobo doesnt support native HDD encryption, and sofnware encryption kinda sucks and is slow.
8. im putting a dd-wrt router inside the itx tower case.
11. only going to be running apache and some other network tools like dns and things like svn/mercury

this NAS will be used over seas in Afghanistan :) and will help save the boredom of many!

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  • Thomas B.
  • 2/20/2011 2:01:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOverall good

Pros: Excellent feature set, works well

Cons: Strange-ish layout (location of processor). Ended up being fine, but it complicated matters a bit in a tiny case. The I/O shield also doesn't seem to line up 100%.

Other Thoughts: Overall great

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  • David L.
  • 2/18/2011 5:10:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDVI Out problem

Pros: Great small board - has everything a normal user would need.

Cons: Very strange problem with the DVI out. I wasted about 2 hours trouble shooting a Win 7 install because the DVI out was not working properly. When starting the pc it would post to the monitor as normal, but as soon as the win7 install screen came up - it was unreadable and would flicker on and off. Booted it with a Ubuntu live CD - screen was normal - no flickering. Ended up trying a HDMI to DVI cable, and that worked it allowed me to install Win 7. I assume not that many people would have had a HDMI to DVI cable on hand - so I think those people would have ended up RMA the board back. Bottom line the DVI out on my board is defective, but not worth returning since the HDMI out works.

Other Thoughts: I will buy more Zotac boards - the ITX form factor is the future for desktops PCs, and I believe Zotac is the best ITX board maker out there.

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  • balazs m.
  • 2/3/2011 12:14:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsshould you buy?

Pros: size, USB 3, wifi,

Cons: none to me

Other Thoughts: works perfect so far, I can only recommend it

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  • Daryl K.
  • 12/24/2010 12:17:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRunning well with linux

Pros: Quiet, Small and works well with XBMC, gig e,

Cons: RALINK wifi has firmware errors in maverick ubuntu, a reported bug. Not HDMI 1.4.

Other Thoughts: Running this as a HTPC in an OrigenAE M10 case with imon VFD and ipad remote. Used a i3 2.93GHZ cpu, 4gb ripjaw memory and an OCZ 120GB SSD. Slimline Sony Bluray drive and its all working well. Had to download the Intel-DRM-Next kernel for ubuntu and all the libva packages, LIRC and LCDproc. XBMC Dharma on a minimal Ubuntu 10.10 install works like a dream. Remote, VFD, and GPU acceleration all working well. Even audio over HDMI. Would recommend this product to others. Boots in no time with the SSD.

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