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Asus P7H57D-V Evo LGA1156 motherboard review

Alan Lu
24 Mar 2010
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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.

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Specifications

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 socketLGA1156
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportCore i3, Core i5, Core i7
Processor external bus133MHz (2.0GB/s Direct Media Interface)
Chipset north bridgeIntel H57 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel H57 Express
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/1866(OC)/2000(OC)/2133(OC)
Maximum memory speedPC3-17066
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£146
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailshttp://uk.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureSLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots3
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports8
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel H57 Express (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10), Marvell SATA 6.0 (2x SATAIII, no RAID)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek HD (optical S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers4/4
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy portsPS/2
Other portsVGA, DVI-D, HDMI, eSATA, 2x USB3
Cables included4x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets includednone
Software includedNorton Internet Security 2009

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment200MHz

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