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ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review

ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS P8H67-M Evo is a decent Intel H67 based microATX motherboard for mainstream computer builders focused on the popular socket LGA1155 Intel 2nd Generation Core i3/i5/i7 2xxx-series 32nm Sandy Bridge processor family.
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Intel H67 Express Chipset Explained

The Intel H67 Platform Controller Hub communicates with socket 1155 'Sandy Bridge' processors over a 20Gb/s DMI 2.0 link, it contains eight PCI Express 2.0 lanes while the remaining 16-lanes come from the LGA1155 processor itself. Although the Intel H67 and P67 chipsets have very similar features, the chipsets differ in regards to integrated graphics support. The Intel H67 includes Intel's Flexible Display Interface (FDI) so it can output video, the Intel P67 does not.

Intel's FDI can be thought of as a direct line to the integrated graphics core built into every Sandy Bridge microprocessor. An FDI link allows users to unlock Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics core and use it for everyday work, for tasks like hardware-based video transcoding acceleration via Intel Quick Sync, or light gaming.

With the Intel H67 users have access to H.264 & MPEG2 encode and support for HDMI 1.4 with 3D. Standard features brought forth by the Intel H67 / HD 3000 combo include a 4th generation Unified Shader Architecture, H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 hardware decoding, 12 Execution Units, Open GL 3.0, Shader Model 4.1 and DirectX 10.1 support.

Lack of DX11 support obviously limits the Intel H67 / HD 3000 IGP's usefulness in the FPS gaming arena, but by that same measure, IGPs aren't meant for intensive FPS gaming. The Intel HD 3000 IGP supports HDMI 1.4 which provides support for Stereo 3D and delivers uncompressed HD video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in a single cable, supporting 720p, 1080i and 1080p formats.

Intel Chipset Feature Breakdown

The Intel H67, P67 and Z68 chipsets are closely related, however the newer Intel Z68 chipset includes tweaking features of the P67 and tools like Intel SRT which PCSTATS has extensively dicussed in here and also here (a good read!). The chipset feature breakdown chart helps understand the minor differences between each of the three Intel 6-series core logic.

Intel Chipset Feature Comparison
Intel Z68 Express Intel P67 Express Intel H67 Express
CPU LGA 1155
Core i5/i7 2nd Gen.
LGA 1155
Core i5/i7 2nd Gen.
LGA 1155
Core i5/i7 2nd Gen.
Chipset Code Name Couger Point (65nm) Couger Point (65nm) Couger Point (65nm)
Bus Interface / Speed DMI 20Gb/s DMI 20Gb/s DMI 20Gb/s
Memory Support DDR3-1333, dual channel DDR3-1333, dual channel DDR3-1333, dual channel
Maximum Memory Capacity 32GB (64-bit) 32GB (64-bit) 32GB (64-bit)
Integrated Graphics Yes. via CPU - Yes. via CPU
Integrated Graphics Ports HDMI, DVI, DP, VGA - HDMI, DVI, DP, VGA
PCI Express 2.0 Lanes 8 8 8
PCI Express x1 Lanes 0 0 0
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Yes Yes Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology Yes - -
SATA 6Gb/s | SATA 3Gb/s | IDE Ports 2/4/0 2/4/0 2/4/0
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 5, 10
Intelgrated LAN 10/100/1000 MAC 10/100/1000 MAC 10/100/1000 MAC
USB 3.0 Ports 0 0 0
USB 2.0 Ports 14 14 14
PCI Masters 0 0 0
Intel High Definition Audio Yes Yes Yes

QuickSync - Video Transcoding Acceleration

Quick Sync is Intel's name for a hardware based video transcoding acceleration technology. Here's what it can do - In the PCSTATS labs we set about to convert a 450MB 1080i high definition MPEG2 video via Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso 6 to a 640x360 MP4 video format suitable for the iPhone 4.

Video Transcoding Test
Without Intel QuickSync

With Intel QuickSync

Intel Core i5 2500K /
ASUS P8H67-M Evo

48 sec 14 sec

Using an Intel Core i5 2500K / nVidia Geforce GTX470 / ASUS P8H67-M Evo test system, this video transcoded in ~48 seconds. Not a bad length of time, but with the videocard removed and Quick Sync enabled via the Intel HD3000 integrated graphics core things go even faster. The same 450MB video transcodes in ~ 14 seconds with Intel Quick Sync enabled.

Power draw and test system specs are next.

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Contents of Article: ASUS P8H67-M Evo
 Pg 1.  ASUS P8H67-M Evo Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 4.  BIOS Options and Motherboard Power Draw
 Pg 5.  — Intel H67 Express Chipset Explained
 Pg 6.  Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark11
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: DX 11 Games on IGP?
 Pg 15.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06
 Pg 16.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: FEAR, Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 17.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCmark Vantage on IGP
 Pg 18.  Conclusions: ASUS P8H67-M Evo Motherboard

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