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Foxconn H55MX-S Motherboard Review

With Sandy Bridge in a state of hiatus for the next couple of months, a specific sector of our audience may decide to opt for the previous-generation platform which is now thoroughly tried and tested.  These people are more likely to be building a media system which doesn’t require all the processing grunt that Sandy Bridge has to offer.

Foxconn have sent us their H55MX-S motherboard to test which features an Intel H55 chipset and adopts a compact Micro-ATX form factor.  Both of these features make it ideal for a mid-size HTPC as the Intel H55 chipset features integrated graphics and the Micro-ATX form factor provides a compromise between size and features.

The Foxconn H55MX-S has a decent feature set for a previous generation board, despite lacking USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s connectivity.  Those who are looking to build a media system shouldn’t be put off by the lack of these two features, though, as SATA 3GB/s should provide enough bandwidth to max out transfer speeds with large storage drives and mid range SSDs.  For those who require USB3.0 connectivity, this can be easily added using an PCI Express expansion card.

The overclocking potential of this board is extremely poor thanks to the limited number of BIOS settings available.  There is a software utility that can be used for overclocking the system but this isn’t really worthwhile as we were only able to achieve a paltry 140MHz overclock which won’t yield much of a performance improvement.  This is the reason we didn’t include any overclocked results for our testing and benchmarks today.

Due to the extremely limited overclocking potential, we would find it hard to recommend the Foxconn H55MX-S unless the price was very attractive.  It’s not widely available online but there are a number of stores such as CCL who are asking £62 for the motherboard.  Considering you can buy the Gigabyte H55-M-UD2H motherboard for £63 at YOYOTech, we find it very difficult to recommend the Foxconn H55MX-S as the Gigabyte board has more RAM slots, better connectivity and a much more attractive design.

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