When most people think of uses for small form factor motherboards like the Mini-ITX, the first thing that usually comes to mind is HTPCs, media servers, surveillance systems, etc. Of course, because of their small size, most people don’t normally associate Mini-ITX systems as performance powerhouses. The GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 is the exception to the rule, however. As overclockers who participated in the GIGABYTE H55 mini-ITX contest held at HWBOT found out, the H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX board is able to deliver some pretty extreme performance for such an extremely small form factor.

The GIGABYTE H55N-USB3 mini-ITX motherboard is not just simply a mini-ITX motherboard; it provides the features and performance usually associated with full size ATX motherboard. Powered by the Intel® H55 chipset the H55N-USB3 motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7, Core™ i5 and Core™ i3 processors featuring integrated graphics-on-chip (Core™ i5 and Core™ i3 processors only). Additionally, it comes with the industry’s highest quality components as it features the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design
with 2 times the amount of Copper in the PCB as a traditional motherboard, 50,000 hour Japanese Solid Capacitors, Ferrite Core Chokes and Lower RDS(on) MOSFETs. It is also the world’s 1st and smallest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 motherboard available in the market featuring data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps, which is 10x faster than traditional USB 2.0 interface at theoretical performance speed.

So, whether you’re looking for a small HTPC to put in your living room, a small portable system for your next LAN gaming event, or wanting to hook it up to some extreme cooling such as LN2 for a monster performance system, the H55N-USB3 mini-ITX motherboard proves that big things can really come in small packages.

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