Do you know what is peculiar about EVGA mainboards based on Intel H5x series chipsets? There may be different answers but I personally find it strange that there is no H57-based product among them. There is a section called “Intel H57/H55 Series Family” at the EVGA website but it only includes two mainboards based on the H55 Express. That’s odd, isn’t it? In fact, EVGA announced three mainboards, one of which was based on H57, when Intel unveiled its new chipset series. There is still some information you can find about the product with the unassuming name of EVGA H57. It is a full-size mainboard with two PCI Express x16 slots and with a couple of extra controllers, one of which adds PATA and two SATA ports and another, two IEEE1394 (FireWire) ports. That mainboard is almost a copy of the product I am going to talk about in this review, the EVGA H55, except for the differences coming from the use of different chipsets. For example, EVGA H57 has two USB ports more and also has two PCI Express x1 slots.
So, this review is about the EVGA H55, but the company also offers another H55-based mainboard called EVGA H55V. It is a microATX product with a simpler layout. There are no additional onboard controllers; the components of its voltage regulator circuitry are not covered with any heatsinks. The ATX12V power connector is 4-pin and there are numerous electrolytic capacitors next to the solid-state ones. This mainboard has some advantages over the other two models, though. Particularly, there is an eSATA port at its back panel.
By the way, you can spot a place reserved for an onboard pin-connector for two more USB ports on the EVGA H55V. It means that EVGA may release a mainboard (called something like EVGA H57V) with the same PCB design and with the H57 chipset.
I don’t know exactly why EVGA has decided to give up H57-based products, particularly the EVGA H57. But let us take a look at the similarly designed EVGA H55 and check out its features. Perhaps we will find the answer.