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Another popular form factor originally developed by VIA is the Mini-ITX. Mini-ITX is considerably smaller than MicroATX and is designed for extremely compact and low power consumption systems, which is something VIA specialized in. It was never intended to be a powerful platform, but nothing in the spec requires it either.
In this review we will be looking at a new motherboard from Gigabyte based on the Mini-ITX form factor and Intel H55 chipset called the GA-H55N-USB3. The Intel H55 is almost identical to the P55 in all ways except for the addition of an HD graphics hub. The graphics isn't embedded into the chipset, like in previous IGP systems, but rather is part of the processor. From an architecture standpoint this is a good move for Intel but does mean consumers will have to choose between 2 basic processor options depending on what they want to do. The dual core processor features built in HD graphics while the quad core version does not.
The PCB is the standard Gigabyte blue and features a rather small, yet elegant, chipsink over the Intel H55 MCP. An interesting fact about the Mini-ITX form factor, its overall dimensions are defined by the 4 primary mounting holes found on a standard ATX motherboard.