Can anyone tell me anything about doing a dual display setup with either of these boards? I'm a complete newb when it comes to dual display. I've never done it before. Will it be possible with both boards? And how? Would it be done through the same connector via some kind of splitter or "daisy-chaining", or do I need to hook each one up to a separate connector? I want to run 2 1920x1200 monitors.
Disregarding these specific boards, each monitor always needs a separate connector, and you can't split or chain them for any practical purposes. I'm sure you can use both your monitors with either motherboard by connecting them to the DVI and HDMI connectors, for example. You will only run into problems if both your monitors lack any kind of digital connector, because I think these boards only support one analog monitor.
Why do you think it likely has lower power consumption? I'm trying to decide between those two reviewed boards, as well as the Pro.
Oh, I base that simply on the fact that it's a simpler board. Less power phases, less onboard features. FireWire for one, not sure if there's anything else though. Obviously the difference isn't huge, but if either of the boards consumed less power at idle, my money would be on the Pro. At high loads it's probably the other way around, alone for the fact that the Evo seems to have better VRM cooling, which might lead to higher efficiency.
When I'm looking for a new motherboard, I try to make a decision based on the features that I actually need. Traditionally I've chosen boards that have features that I might
need one day, but end up never using. For example if
I bought a 30" screen, I'd need DisplayPort (and consequently the Evo board). But I try to tell myself that I'm not going to get a goddamn 30" monitor, there's not even enough room on my desk. I also try to tell myself I don't need Sandy Bridge, but it looks futile.
While I'm rambling on... I think specifically the i3 processors are a perfect match for H67. This is because they wouldn't support any kind of overclocking anyway, even with P67. When you match a crippled CPU with a crippled chipset, you end up getting exactly what you paid for. To that end, I find it ironic that Intel's DH67BL and DH67GD don't officially support
Core i3. (Yes, I realise that's a mistake on their website.)