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Asus P7H57D-V Evo LGA1156 motherboard review

Asus P7H57D-V Evo motherboard
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £146
inc VAT

Asus' P7H57D-V Evo is expensive, but it's packed full of features and is as future-proof as is currently possible.


LGA1156, ATX, Intel H57 Express chipset, supports: Core i3, Core i5, Core i7

Asus’ P7H57D-V Evo is an expensive motherboard at just under £150, but you do get a lot for your money. It supports all the latest standards with two USB3 ports and two SATA III connectors.

USB3 external hard disks are expensive, but are at least three times as fast as their USB2 counterparts, making these ports worth having. SATA III is less impressive. In our tests, a SATA III internal hard disk was no faster than the quickest SATA II disk. The SATA III controller chip used here doesn’t support RAID either, further limiting its usefulness.

If you’re not yet ready to invest in the latest storage devices, there are six SATA II ports for accommodating existing internal hard disks and optical drives too. Unlike the SATA III controller, the SATA II chip does support RAID. For external storage and other peripherals, there are four USB ports and four headers, an eSATA port and even a FireWire 400 port and header.

There are also plenty of ports for fitting internal peripherals such as sound cards and TV tuners. There are three PCI Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. There’s also a pair of graphics card slots with support for both SLI and CrossFireX, which links either two ATI or two Nvidia graphics cards together to increase 3D performance over a single card. It’s generally more cost-effective to buy a single, powerful graphics card.

Asus’ P7H57D-V Evo is expensive, but it is overflowing with features. Some are more useful than others, but if you want to build a LGA1156 PC with plenty of slots and USB3 and money is no object, this is the motherboard to buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor socket LGA1156
Form factor ATX
Size 305x244mm
Processor support Core i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus 133MHz (2.0GB/s Direct Media Interface)
Chipset north bridge Intel H57 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel H57 Express
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866(OC)/2000(OC)/2133(OC)
Maximum memory speed PC3-17066
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £146

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 2
Dual graphics architecture SLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 3
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 3
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 8
RAID chipset (max disks) Intel H57 Express (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10), Marvell SATA 6.0 (2x SATAIII, no RAID)


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek HD (optical S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 4/4
Firewire ports / headers 1/1
Legacy ports PS/2
Other ports VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, eSATA, 2x USB3
Cables included 4x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security 2009

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 200MHz

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