ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard - H55DE3 Features and Specs

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ASRock H55DE3 Motherboard
Closer Look at the H55DE3
H55DE3 Features and Specs
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Apps and Gaming
Final Thoughts and Score

Intel H55 Chipset Features:

The heart of the ASRockH55DE3 motherboard is of course the H45 Express chipset.  This chipset is made for the Core i3, i5 and i7 platform that runs on the 1156 socket.  Although their are other chipsets that support this socket as well, but there are a few things that make the H55 unique.  Below are some features and specifications of this chipset for this up-and-coming platform.

The Intel® H55 Express Chipset continues to push innovation with a new architecture designed to deliver quality, performance, and industry-leading I/O technologies on platforms powered by the Intel® Core™ i7-800, Intel® Core™ i5, and Intel® Core™ i3 processors.  The Intel H55 Express Chipset delivers new technologies and innovative capabilities for digital home, small office, and home office consumers. The Intel H55 Express Chipset features include the Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology and support for two independently controlled display interfaces.

H55 Diagram

Intel® Flexible Display Interface1 A innovative path for two independently controlled channels of integrated graphics display data to be transported to the Intel® 5 Series Chipset.
Support for High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)*, DisplayPort* and DVI-1 HDMI delivers uncompressed HD video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in a single cable, supporting all HD formats including 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. Dual-independent display expands the viewable workspace to two monitors.
Intel® Remote PC Assist Technology This technology enables you to make a fast call for help and request remote technical assistance if you encounter a problem with your PC, even when the OS, network software, or applications are not functioning.
Intel® High Definition Audio Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Intel® Quiet System Technology Intelligent system fan speed control algorithms use operating temperature ranges more efficiently to reduce system noise by minimizing fan speed changes.
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Hi-Speed USB 2.0, provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) with up to 12 USB 2.0 Ports.
USB 2.0 rate matching hub Enables lower power requirements and manages the transition of the communication data rate from the high speed of the host controller to the lower speed of USB full speed/low speed devices.
Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s High-speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access with up to 6 SATA ports.
eSATA SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
PCI Express* 2.0 interface Offers up to 2.5GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 6 PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports, configurable as x2 and x4 depending on motherboard designs.
USB port disable Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.
Intel® integrated 10/100/1000 MAC Support for the Intel® 82578DC Gigabit Network Connection.
Green technology Intel integrates environmental performance goals into every aspect of design and manufacturing. Intel® 45nm high-k metal gate process technology is lead-free, and since 2008, Intel has produced halogen-free products.


ASRock H55DE3 Features and Specs:

The highlights for this motherboard are posted below, for full specs and features please visit the product page here.

  • Supports Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 and Pentium® G6950 Processors in LGA1156 Package
  • Solid Capacitor for CPU power
  • 4 + 1 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  • Intel® H55 Chipset
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2600+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory, 4 x DIMM slots, Max. capacity up to 16GB
  • Supports Intel® HD Graphics, Pixel Shader 4.0, DirectX 10, Max. shared memory 1760MB
  • Supports ATI™ CrossFireX™, Quad CrossFireX™
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (at x16 mode), 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (at x4 mode, 2.5GT/s)
  • Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
  • Supports HDCP function with DVI and HDMI ports
  • Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback
  • 4 x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
  • 2 x Powered eSATAII/USB Connectors
  • PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
  • 1 x TPM header
  • Supports ASRock Instant Boot, Instant Flash, OC DNA, Good Night LED, Multi-Speed Fan Control
  • Supports ASRock OC Tuner, Intelligent Energy Saver, Turbo 50
  • EuP Ready
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (VIA® VT1718S Audio Codec with QSound function)
  • Compatible with Windows® 7
  • Free Bundle: CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB - Trial
  • I/O Panel: 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port, 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port, 1 x HDMI Port, 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port, 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x Powered eSATAII/USB Connectors, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED