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ASUS P7H55D-M EVO
"In terms of target market, the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO board fits the bill as the cornerstone of a digital home theater PC. The integrated graphics are good enough to run Blu-ray discs when paired with a powerful processor like the Core i5-661 CPU used in the testing. The board has the HDMI outputs that most HDTVs have on the market today and also has a DVI-D and VGA for monitor connections."
All of these changes in processor and chipset design, along with Intel’s new 32nm manufacture process, opened the door for their latest and most radical change yet…placing the VGA on the processor. Yes, Intel’s new 2010 Core i5 600 series processors have on-die graphics processing. Of course to accommodate this, Intel has released a new motherboard chipset, the H55 Express."
Intel-land is becoming a very confusing place of late. An Intel Core i7 processor might be Socket 1366, or it might be Socket 1156. A Core i5 processor might be dual core or quad core; it might have Hyper-Threading or not, or integrated video or other features, and there's no way to tell just from the name. And to make things even more confusing, there are now four consumer-level chipsets for Core i5 processors: the original P55, as well as the new H55, H57, and Q57 chipsets.
This is a review of a fully-functional microATX mainboard that has all necessary features and additional controllers, including USB 3.0. We will not only determine the performance improvement provided by this new interface, but will also check the mainboard performance in nominal mode and during overclocking, and test its power consumption in different conditions.
One thing it did lack was that it couldn't match the H57 model in overclocking. This was a bit surprising as both boards use ASUS's Xtreme Design and share a very similar VRM area. Still, the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO was only 200MHz shy of the 4.5GHz overclock of the more high-end board and it was able to produce the third best overclock this chip has seen.
The new toy is called the P7H55D-M EVO. It is one of ASUS’ mid-range products. As an ASUS product there is a not so much a distinction between entry, mid and high-end products as there is a blurry space between each division. As an example, the P7H55D-M EVO we received still has the TurboV software, O.C. Profiles, Express Gate, 7.1 audio, EPU-6 software and much more.
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