Asus' current style of P55 motherboards have gone down well with PC builders worldwide, with sharp looks and reliable performance. While we've generally had a very good impression of the range to date, each board has had little niggles that have drawn then away from excellence. When we looked at the sub-£100 P7P55D-LE and P7P55-M in CustomPC issue 77, they were good but each lacked in different areas compared to the excellent Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2.
With that in mind, we hope Asus has tied up a few loose ends with its latest 'performance-mainstream' H57 board, the P7H57D-V Evo, that features the same design as the P55s, but has the benefit of a new chipset and a few months extra tweakage by Asus engineers.
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Support for Intel Pentium, Core i3, i5 and Core i7 LGA1156 CPUs
Intel H57 PCH
Four 1.5V DDR3 DIMM slots supporting up to 16GB of memory up to "2,133MHz (OC)" and Intel XMP technology
One Gigabit Ethernet controller from Realtek 8112L
Two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots providing either one x16 or two x8 links for Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFire technology (Intel Lynnfield CPUs only)
One PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot (5GT/s)
One PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot (2.5GT/s)
Two PCI slots
Six SATA 3Gbps ports supporting Intel Matrix RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD from Intel H57
One IDE port supporting two devices and one eSATA 3Gbps from Marvell 88SE6111
One Marvell® SATA 6Gb/s controller, supporting two ports
NEC USB 3.0 controller - two ports on rear I/O
12 USB 2.0 ports - eight on rear I/O, four via pin-outs
VIA 6308P IEEE1394a Firewire supporting two ports - one via pin-outs, one on the rear I/O
Realtek ALC889 8-Channel High Definition Audio codec supporting Blu-ray protected audio path
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In the box we get a few SATA cables - some of which have 90 degree connectors - and a PCI bracket that offers eSATA and a few more USB ports. There's also an SLI bracket, IDE cable, the Asus Q-Shield (a rear I/O shield with foam on the back) and the usual manual and driver discs too.