Asus P7H55D-M EVO LGA1156 microATX Motherboard

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Asus P7H55D-M EVO

February 1, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Asus P7H55D-M EVO
LGA1156 mATX Motherboard
Manufacturer
ASUSTeK
Street Price
US$135~140

In Clarkdale, Intel has a pretty decent processor on their hands. It offers excellent dual core performance, an integrated graphics chip that handles HD video well, and superb energy efficiency. Of course a good CPU is only one piece of the puzzle. In many ways choosing a good motherboard is perhaps the most important step in designing a custom PC as its selection dictates what hardware can be added/upgraded which ultimately determines what type of system it can be. It's also the most difficult component to replace, so better to get it right the first time.

Our Clarkdale review package included a Core i5-661 processor and Intel's DH55TC, a rather plain, basic board that did little to show off what the platform was capable of. With a severely restricted BIOS, it's fine paired with a processor running at stock settings that just needs to work and be stable. Enthusiasts on the other hand who prefer to tweak and customize their experience would be far happier with a board like the Asus P7H55D-M EVO.


The box.

Not only does Asus provide a much more relaxed BIOS policy, the P7H55D-M EVO has plenty of additional features including eSATA, FireWire, and USB 3.0 powered by a NEC controller. However, in other ways it's very much a budget motherboard, lacking RAID as it is driven by the mainstream H55 chipset. Some more stripped-down H55 mainboards from 2nd/3rd tier manufacturers can be found for well under $100.


Accessories.


Specifications: Asus P7H55D-M EVO
(from the product web page)
CPU Intel® Socket 1156 Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/ Pentium® Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology*
* The Intel Turbo Boost Technology support depends on the CPU types.
** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset Intel® H55 Express Chipset
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)*/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.
** Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lists).
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2.5GT/s, gray slots)
1 x PCI
VGA Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI-D, RGB
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536@75Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
Storage Intel® H55 Express Chipset built-in
6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
Marvell 88SE6111
1 x UltraDMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA on-the-go)
LAN Gigabit LAN controller Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
Audio Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filter
IEEE 1394 VIA® 6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USB NEC® USB 3.0 controller:
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue; at back panel)
Intel® H55 Express Chipset:
- 10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
ASUS Unique Features ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS Exclusive Overclocking Features
- GPU Boost
- TurboV and Turbo Key
ASUS Xtreme Phase
- 8+3 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features
- Express Gate
- MemOK!
- ASUS EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 3
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
Overclocking Features Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vIMC: Adjustable IMC voltage at 0.02V increment
- vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.02V increment
- vPCH: Adjustable PCH voltage at 0.01V increment
- vCPU_PLL: Adjustable CPU_PLL voltage at 0.02V increment
- iGPU: Adjustable iGPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increment
- Internal Base Clock tuning from 80MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x External SATA
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x DVI-D
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors
1 x Chassis Fan connector (1 x 4-pin)
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x COM connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x MemOK! button
BIOS 64 Mb Flash ROM , SPI, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
Manageability WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
Accessories User's manual
1 x I/O Shield
1 x UltraDMA 133/100 cable
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 in 1 Q-connector
Support Disc Drivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.5 cm x 24.5 cm )


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