ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review :: Board Layout

02-24-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Board

Board

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Back of board

Back of board


Starting with the upper right corner, the board has an 8-pin power header for whose power supplies that have that connector. The board itself is a black color with 4+1 Power phase circuitry. The CPU Fan is next on the board of the 4-pin variety. The CPU area is completely devoid of obstacles allowing the installation of any CPU cooler in that area.


ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review DIMM Sockets

DIMM Sockets

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review H55 chipset

H55 chipset

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Chassis fan

Chassis fan

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power


Below the CPU area are four DIMM slots. This board has support for LGA-1156 CPUs meaning it supports up to 16GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory natively in dual channel mode via the CPU as the CPU contains the memory controller. The bottom of the board starts off with capacitors and the 24-pin power connector. There is a 3-pin Chassis Fan header next to that.


ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review SATA ports

SATA ports

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Winbond

Winbond

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review USB

USB

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review TPM and Front Panel

TPM and Front Panel


The board has four SATA ports placed at the left corner of the board. This placement is ideal as it doesn’t block two slot video cards from being installed. To the left of the SATA ports are three USB headers. The Front Panel connections are next, followed by the Infrared header and COM1 headers. The last thing on this board is the HD Audio headers.


ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review capacitors

capacitors

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Expansion

Expansion

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review COM1

COM1

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review ASMedia chip

ASMedia chip


Expansion on the board consists of two PCI Express x1 slots, two PCI Express x16 slots and two PCI slots. The H55 chipset has a grand total of 16 PCI Express lanes available to it meaning that using 4 lanes are taken from the H55 chipset. When two video cards are installed the lanes are split up into x16, x 4 combinations on this board. There is plenty of spacing between the two graphics card slots to install two slot video cards like the HD 5970.


ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review VIA VT1718S

VIA VT1718S

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review 4+1 Power Phase circuitry

4+1 Power Phase circuitry

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review ICS

ICS

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Realtek RTL8111DL

Realtek RTL8111DL


Creative Labs is well known for their Audigy series of sound cards. One of the issues with them right now is that sales of add-in sound cards are dismal due to the onboard sound being “good enough” for most people. They developed a program called the Audigy X-Fi software suite which when paired with a compatible HD CODEC provides support for EAX 4.0 effects in games. The Via VT7108 CODEC is compatible and when paired with the X-Fi software suite you almost have a CL sound card.

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review ST chip

ST chip

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review HD Audio

HD Audio

ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard Review Rear I/O

Rear I/O

The rear I/O on the board consists of a single port for a PS/2 device whether mouse or keyboard, four USB 2.0 ports, two combination USB/e-SATA ports that are powered, an HDMI port, a VGA port and a DVI-D port. There are also six jacks and ports for the onboard audio solution and a single RJ-45 jack for the onboard Gigabit LAN. This board is fully outfitted for those having a HDTV with HDMI output and has enough USB ports to fit the bill.