When we tested LGA1155 Mini-ITX platforms, we did two things.
First, we assumed that potential buyers of compact systems will not use 95 W processors, but will go with more energy-efficient CPUs with lower power consumption. Therefore, for our tests we chose a quad-core S-series CPU with 65 W TDP. It was Intel Core i5-2400S working at 2.5 GHz nominal clock speed, which can be sped up to 3.3 GHz in Turbo mode.
Second, we didn’t use an add-on discrete graphics card and used the integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 graphics core. Of course, this isn’t the best gaming solution, especially since all our today’s tested mainboard allow using an add-on graphics card, but we believe that integrated graphics will become a more popular choice for a Mini-ITX system after all.
Other than that, our standard test platform remained the same. It included the following hardware and software components:
- Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S (Sandy Bridge, 4 cores, 2.5 GHz, 6 MB L3).
- Processor cooler: default boxed cooler from Intel.
- Mainboards on Intel H67 chipset:
- ASRock H67M-ITX/HT (BIOS 1.30);
- ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe (BIOS 0502);
- ASUS P8H67-I (BIOS 0505);
- ECS H67H2-I (BIOS 1.1);
- Foxconn H67S (BIOS A41F1P01);
- Gigabyte H67N-USB3-B3 (BIOS F6B);
- Intel DH67CF (BIOS 0125);
- Zotac H67ITX (BIOS 2K110610).
- 2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 SDRAM DIMM 9-9-9-24-1T (Kingston KHX1600C8D3K2/4GX);
- 2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 SDRAM SO-DIMM 9-9-9-24-1T (Apogee AS2G733-13GH800).
- Hard drive: Kingston SNVP325-S2/128GB.
- Power supply unit: Tagan TG880-U33II (880 W).
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64.
- Intel Chipset Driver 184.108.40.2060;
- Intel HD Graphics Driver 220.127.116.111;
- Intel Management Engine Driver 18.104.22.1685;
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1027.