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Asus P7H57D-V EVO review

Seth Barton
4 Jan 2010
Asus P7H57D-V EVO
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
152
inc VAT

If you want all the latest storage technologies, support for HD audio and expansion space, this is the board for you

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Specifications

Intel H57 Express, ATX, Intel H57 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

Intel's new Clarkdale processors – like the Core i5-661 and Core i3-530 – have integrated graphics chips. This is a new approach, replacing the traditional integrated graphics chipsets used to date. The combined chips are more power efficient, and cheaper to produce, than two separate ones. However, you'll still need to buy a compatible motherboard with video outputs to make use of the processor's onboard graphics capabilities, officially referred to as Intel HD Graphics.

Asus's catchily named P7H57D-V EVO is the first motherboard we've seen to support Intel HD Graphics. On the rear are HDMI, DVI-D and VGA outputs, of which you can use any two simultaneously. The graphics chips are capable, but not particularly noteworthy in their features, as you can see from our Core i3-530 and Core i5-661 reviews.

This motherboard uses the H57 Express chipset, which has a couple more features than the cheaper H55 Express chipset – most notably a RAID controller – though both are very well equipped. It supports all LGA1156 Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors; although you'll need to add a separate graphics card if you use a processor that doesn't have Intel HD Graphics.

In other respects the H57 chipset isn't that different from the P55 ones we've been reviewing recently. There's no northbridge chip, with the processor having a built in memory controller to run the four DDR3 slots. You can install up to 16GB of RAM and the processor's graphics chip can access up to 1.7GB of this if required. Asus provides ample overclocking support for faster memory, with speeds as high as 2,133MHz. Testing with our reference Core i5-750 processor, and 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory, gave typical results for a P55 board.

The processor also controls the two PCI-Express x16 slots, though you're unlikely to need these if you're building your PC to make use of the integrated graphics capabilities. Should you wish to upgrade later, though, there's support for both SLI and CrossFire – both slots then run at x8 but this is easily sufficient for modern cards. In addition there are three PCI-Express x1 slots and two PCI slots, so there's plenty of space for upgrades.

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