ASUS P8H67-M EVO Socket 1155 Motherboard

Posted by on Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 12:00am

p8h67M EVOOur next motherboard may be the one that ends up going into your SFF build or upgrade. The ASUS P8H67-M EVO reminds us of the P8P67 Pro but in a smaller package, and aimed at the audio/video buff instead of the performance hungry. It's those specs and black PCB, that when combined with blue and charcoal gray slots, really make a motherboard like this stand out.

Introduction to the ASUS P8H67-M EVO Socket 1155 Motherboard

With the coming of a new processor and chipset we often get all excited about the higher end gaming motherboards, usually the ones that are out of our price range. It is the smaller boards with integrated graphic solutions that are often forgotten about, at least up until the time to has come to build a HTPC or upgrading a PC needs one of these smaller size motherboard.

Companies like ASUS are making small mATX motherboards so feature packed that many of us are starting to look in that direction. This is due heavily to the fact companies are putting dual full-length PCIe slots on the motherboard to make it feasible to do some extreme gaming. Granted, not everyone needs dual PCIe x16 slots when building a system, and many of us don’t need any PCIe slots at all as we are satisfied with the onboard audio and video offered on the motherboard. Mainly this is due to the audio and video on most of the current motherboards being more than enough to playback high-definition content on your big screen television.

Our next motherboard may be the one that ends up going into your SFF build or upgrade. The ASUS P8H67-M EVO reminds us of the P8P67 Pro but in a smaller package, and aimed at the audio/video buff instead of the performance hungry. It's those specs and black PCB, that when combined with blue and charcoal gray slots, really make a motherboard like this stand out.


Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1155 for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/
Support Intel® 32nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
*The Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Intel® H67 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* According to Intel® SPEC, the Max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market.
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.
* Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.

Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 [Blue] (at x16 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 [Black] (at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1, x2 and x4 devices)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI

VGA

Multi-VGA output support: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, RGB port
Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560x1600@60Hz
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536@75Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB

Multi-GPU Support

Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage

Intel® H67 Express Chipset
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
4 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell 88SE6111
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (Power eSATA on-the-go)

LAN

Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller

Audio

Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O

IEEE 1394

VIA® 6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

ASMedia USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel (blue)
Intel® H67 Express Chipset
- 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS TurboV EVO - GPU Boost with switch
- Auto Tuning
- TurboV
ASUS Power Design
- 8+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger+
- Anti Surge
- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM

Overclocking Features

Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 254-step
- iGPU: Adjustable iGPU voltage at 254-step
- vCCIO: Adjustable I/O voltage at 90-step
- vDRAM Bus: Adjustable Memory voltage at 100-step
- vPCH: Adjustable Chipset voltage at 65-step
- vCPU_PLL: Adjustable CPU & PCH PLL voltage at 100-step
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x Power eSATA
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
8 -Channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors

4 x USB connectors support additional 8 USB ports
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x GPU Boost switch
1 x IDE connector
1 x TPM connector
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (gray)
4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x Power Fan connector(s)
1 x EPU switch
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x COM port connector
Front panel audio connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper

BIOS

32 Mb Flash ROM , EFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability

WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE

Accessories

User's manual
1 x I/O Shield
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s cables
2 in 1 Q-connector
1 x 2-port USB and eSATA module

Support Disc

Drivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities
Ai Charger+

Form Factor

uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )


Closer look

Just like the H55 chipset, chances are you will see most of the motherboards featuring the H67 being made in the mATX form factor. This is often the case as not many would want a full size motherboard for a HTPC build due to the extra slots not being necessary, but also the increased case size just wouldn't look as good sitting next to your other home theater components.

We begin our tour of the P8H67 with the CPU socket. The area around the socket is pretty clean and free of many obstacles. The only thing that may be of any concern would be the two narrow passive heat sinks which cool the 8+2 phase regulators, in order to maintain the voltage to the CPU, memory controller and the integrated graphics. For CPU support the EVO uses the same processors as the P67 chipset since it uses the same socket 1155, thus you can use the Core i3, i5 and i7. If you are not in the knowing let us be the first to inform you that all the current processors have integrated graphics. While that is expected to change over time, don't let that deter your from picking up one of these powerhouse of a CPU.

For expansion slots ASUS kept it simple. There are two PCIe x16 slots, which the top one runs at the max x16, while the bottom gray slot only runs at x4 (yet oddly is wired for x8). The rest of the slots consist of a single PCIe x1 and a standard PCI. Even with the performance hit from the last slot only working at x4 bandwidth the board still has support for a multi-GPU config, but only for Crossfire. To enable the EPU and GPU Boost features, the easiest way is the utilize the switches below the bottom PCIe slot (the EPU is nestled between the USB78 and front panel headers). [Editor's Note: ASUS lists the board as being capable of Quad-Crossfire support, but I think we can all safely assume that would be a silly thing to run, even if the second PCIe was x8. For optimal performance you would be better off running a single X2 card in the PCIe x16 slot for x8/x8.]

The EVO has a total of six SATA with four capable of the standard 3GB/s (in blue), while the two right angle ones (very light blue) are SATA III and operate at 6GB/s. The two SATA III ports are ideal as they are right angle, but the four SATAII may be of some problem to access if the last PCIe slot is being used for a long GPU. All the internal SATA ports are ran off the P67 PCH (Platform Controller Hub, a glorified southbridge basically), so no add-on controller chip is needed.

Depending on the O/S used in the system this motherboard can hold up to 32GB of DDR 1333 natively. Save for the ability to adjust the BCLK speed (which is virtually of no use, due to how the new architecture is designed), the H67 chipset does not support any form of overclocking, whether it be the ram or CPU. So be prepared to run everything at stock speeds.

It seems that we cannot get rid of the legacy connections even on new boards. Located next the DIMM slots is a single IDE controller which is not controlled by the PCH, but a Marvell 88SE6111 add-on controller, that also controls the eSATA port on the back. Another self check feature of the motherboard is the MemOK button. The button allows the system to go through a series of check to make sure the memory is bootable. [Editor's Note: For anyone not aware, Intel has actually removed both native PCI and IDE support. Any board that comes with them are going to be controlled by an addition chip, which is unfortunate since it will drive board costs u, even if only a little.]

Showing out the rear of the motherboard we have a PS/2 combo-port, four USB 2.0, an eSATA in green, followed a fire wire port. With the H67 offering more video support, we now connections for not only VGA, DVI and HDMI but Display Port as well. Topping it all off is the gigabit LAN, two USB 3.0 and 7.1 channel audio with digital optical out (located above the HDMI).


BIOS

We are only showing the BIOS options that relate to the integrated GPU. Reason for this is because the rest of the EUFI BIOS is basically similar to that of the other two ASUS Sandy Bridge motherboards we have reviewed: P8P67 and P8P67 Pro. The one exception to that is this P8H67-M EVO offers no overclocking, which means even the multiplier options for the K series chips has been removed.

Key Features

Quad-GPU Support*

EFI BIOS

EPU

GPU Boost


Test Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P8H67-M EVO
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24) @ 1333
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Scythe Yasya
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Overclocking the ASUS P8H67-M EVO

Due to the fact the H67 does not apply the overclocking of any of the Sandy Bridge processors including the K series. We will be skipping this section for this review.

Testing

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2011c 
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AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
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Maxon Cinebench
CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

Super PI Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.

Tech ARP x264 HD 3.15
Simply put, it is a reproducible measure of fast your machine can encode a short HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It's nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other.

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GPU Testing

We finally tested the onboard graphics of the Sandy Bridge integrated GPU (iGPU), seeing as the H67 chipset offers video out. The comparsion was done by setting the iGPU to 1100MHz through the onboard overclocking utility (which is the only real overclocking option available). Using the overclocking function allowed for a nice increase in performance. But due to no application able to tell us just what the iGPU was actually running at we are not able to give you an actual frequency. The ASUS TurboV Processing Unit controlled scores (activated by the GPU Boost switch) are indicated by in the following graphs by "w/ TPU".

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing so new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states,the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub; Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
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This benchmark is based on one of the ingame locations – Pripyat . The testing process includes four stages, those utilizing various weather and time of the day settings (day, night, rain, bright sun). In order to test your system thoroughly the benchmark is provided with a number of presets and options including different versions of DirectX (9.0, 10.0, 11), screen resolutions, antialiasing etc, all at your disposal.

Lost Planet2
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Heaven
Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine™ engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.


Conclusion

The ASUS P8H67-M EVO is definitely worth taking a look at if you are looking for a good motherboard and want to utilize the integrated graphics of the CPU. We were very surprised to see the performance number of an iGPU. Intel did a great job of bringing to market a good chipset that can utilize the video performance offered by the new series of Core i3, i5 and i7 processor.

To further advance the performance of their integrated graphic, you can activate the GPU Boost at any time by flipping a switch built right onto the motherboard, or can be activated in the BIOS. With it we are seeing some of the best integrated graphics we have ever came across.

If you are looking at any of the H67 Sandy Bridge motherboards chances are you are not an overclocker, but instead someone looking to build a nice system using the latest technology. The H67 chipset was not designed for overclocking and we knew this from the beginning, but ASUS manages to bring alot of other elements together that end up making the P8H67-M EVO a winner.

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