ASUS P7H57D-V EVO H57 LGA 1156 Motherboard Review

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ASUS P7H57D-V EVO

ASUS P7H57D-EVO Profile

With the launch of their new 32nm Clarkdale CPU just over a month ago, Intel also introduced 3 new chipsets. In our launch article we outlined some of the differences between the three and completed our performance testing on an Intel desktop H55 chipset based motherboard. Today we have an H57 chipset based motherboard from ASUS on hand, called the P7H57D-V EVO. This ATX motherboard is at the top of the heap when it comes to the H55/H57 line, coming in with both CPU and GPU overclocking! Featuring an 8+3 phase power design and T.Probe to monitor and balance the load across the phases, this motherboard is ripe for big overclocks on either Clarkdale or Lynnfield!

As far as the desktop arena goes, we will likely only see motherboards with H55 and H57 chipsets, the Q57 is aimed more at OEM’s. Differences between H55 and H57 are very minor, consisting of 2 additional USB 2.0 ports, 2 more PCIe lanes, and support for Intel RAID via the ICH10R versus the ICH10 on H55.

Below is a list of some of the features for the P7H57D -EVO :

  • Intel Socket 1156 Core i7 Processor/Core i5 Processor/Core i3 Processor/ Pentium Processor
  • Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology

Chipset

  • Intel Chipset:
    - Northbridge: Intel H57 Express Chipset

System Memory

  • 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
  • Dual Channel memory architecture
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion Slots

  • 2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot  (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (5GT/s, blue slot)
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2.5GT/s, gray slots)
  • 2 PCI slots

Multi-GPU Support

  • Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
  • Supports ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology

Storage

  • Intel H57 Express Chipset built-in
    - 6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
  • JMicron JMB363 PATA controller 
    - 1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
  • Marvell® 88SE6111 SATA controller: – 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)

Audio

  • Realtek® ALC889 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC – Absolute Pitch BD192/24 – DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC – BD audio layer Content Protection – Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking – Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

LAN

  • Gigabit LAN controller Realtek 8112L featuring AI NET2

IEEE 1394

  • VIA 6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
  • NEC® USB 3.0 controller

Rear Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x DVI
  • 1 x D-Sub
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a
  • 1 x LAN(RJ45) port
  • 8 -Channel Audio I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
  • 1 x External SATA 3Gb/s
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1

Internal I/O

  • 4 x USB connectors support additional 8 USB ports
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 1 x COM port connector
  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
  • 6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector
  • 2 x Chassis Fan connector (1×4-pin, 1×3-pin)
  • 1 x Power Fan connector
  • 1 x IEEE1394a connector
  • Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Header
  • 24-pin ATX Power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • System Panel(Q-Connector)
  • 1 x MemOK! button

Power Management

  • Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
  • Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
  • Wake-On-Events include:
  • Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
  • Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
  • Wake-On-LAN
  • Wake-On-Ring
  • RTC timer to power-on the system
  • System power management supported
  • Microsoft/Intel APM 1.2 compliant
  • Soft Power supported – ACPI v3.0b specification
  • AC power failure recovery

PCB

  • ATX form factor
  • 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
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