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The Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V is a low-cost motherboard for Intel LGA1156 format CPUs with a Micro ATX form factor.

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Pros

suitable for a mid-range gaming machine - supports up to Core i7 processors and one PCI-E graphics card

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looks good - has a nice layout and cool-blue color scheme

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overclockable - has a fair amount of options in the BIOS

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good instruction manual - provides clear English documentation

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Cons

no IDE connections - users won't be able to reuse an old CD/DVD drive

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only 2 DIMM slots - future memory upgrades will be difficult

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lacks the latest connectivity options - no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps support

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The Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V is a low-cost motherboard for Intel LGA1156 format CPUs with a Micro ATX form factor. This is similar to the original Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2, but includes improved support for faster processors and onboard video. The 16GB of memory can now be scaled up to 2200 MHz, and when a CPU with integrated graphics processing is used a D-Sub and DVI port are available for use. As with the Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2, however, the PCI-E slots are not scaled high enough to enable ATI CrossFireX support. A 10/100/1000 Ethernet connection is built in, and there are 6 SATA connectors for various drives.

Features
  • Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 21.0cm
  • Intel LGA1156 CPU slot, support for Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium
  • 2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets, up to 16 GB
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 2200/1800/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  • Built-in Audio: Realtek ALC888B, High Definition Audio, 2/ 4/ 5.1/ 7.1-channel
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Realtek RTL8111E chip
  • 1 x PCI Express x16, 1 x PCI Express x1, 2 x PCI slots
  • 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • PS/2 keyboard port, PS/2 mouse port, D-Sub port, DVI port, 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, RJ-45 port, 3 x audio jacks (Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
  • Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP
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