The HTPC market is different things to many people. Some require bleeding edge gaming on their 50″ LED TV, while others demand a quiet and efficient streaming box that is capable of decoding all formats of video smoothly with rudimentary gaming ability being a plus, not a necessity. The latter of these two groups will be for whom this article is tailored to.
While overclocking will be touched on, the highlights will actually be the efficiency of this board when paired with an Intel i5 6XX; using the CPU’s integrated graphics and the ability of this board to hold stable voltages below what it’s components are rated for, all the while being stressed to the maximum. Other testing will focus on encoding video, through a function of the CPU and some graphics cards, to show the great design of the power management system that ASUS has brought forth. For comparative testing, focusing on power usage, an AMD Phenom II 905e on an MSI 785G motherboard will be used. By using this combination of CPU and chipset, along with the integrated video, the worth of the H55 chipset will be shown and the design advantages of the ASUS board will become apparent. Though the comparative testing will be limited to what the HTPC is primarily used for, this will definitely be enough to illustrate these advantages.