The launch of the Intel H55 chipset and the Clarkdale CPUs has been a successful one for Intel. These products bring integrated graphics to the fore front again as they are present in every Clarksdale and Arrandale CPU released. System manufacturers can build systems without paying extra for the graphics chip which is always a good thing for those wanting the least expensive system from the likes of Dell and Gateway.
Of course the underlying problem is the integrated graphics on the latest CPUs from Intel do not cut the mustard in terms of performance or features. While AMD and ostensibly NVIDIA have both moved on to DirectX 10.1 and DirectX 11 video cards and improved performance to boot, the latest integrated graphics from Intel still uses DirectX 10.0 and has improved performance in most games but not enough to make them enjoyable. The new integrated graphics are an improvement and you can use them to play back HD content, making a good option for HTPC users. A balance has to be made between what you pay for in terms of the system and performance. GIGABYTE is a manufacturer of motherboards, video cards and other computer related equipment. They are a Tier-1 motherboard manufacturer with sales worldwide. They have released many boards on the H55 chipset just like they do with every major Intel launch. Todayís review is on the GIGABYTE H55M-USB3 board that features some of their new innovations including USB 3.0 and Ultra Durable 3.