ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Motherboard Review :: Features

01-03-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Elric Phares

ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Motherboard Review

  • Support for Intel LGA-1156 CPUs including the Core i7, i5, i3 CPUs
  • Turbo Boost
  • Intel H55 Express chipset
  • Dual Channel DDR3 2133 (OC)/1333/1066 support
  • True USB 3.0 support
  • HDMI support
  • DVI-D support
  • Green ASUS
  • TurboV
  • Turbo Key
  • GPU Boost
  • ASUS Xtreme Phase
  • Express Gate
  • MemOK
  • ASUS Fanless Design
  • Fan Xpert
  • Q-DIMM
  • Q-Connector
  • OC Profile
  • Crash-Free BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ-Flash 2

ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Motherboard Review

Part Number P7H55D-M EVO
Manufacturer ASUS
Chipset H55 Express
North Bridge N/A
Socket LGA-1156
Memory speed DDR3 2133 (OC)/1333/1066
Processor Types Core i7, Core i5, Core i3
Number of CPUs 1
QPI Up to 4.8GT/second
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channels Double
Maximum Memory 16GB
External Graphics PCI Express x16 2.0 x1
SATA 3.0 GB/s
LAN 10/100/1000
Firewire N/A
Form Factor ATX

ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Motherboard Review

The ASUS P7H55D-M EVO is based upon Intel's newest chipset, the H55 Express chipset. This is the first chipset to fully support the new 32nm Clarksdale CPUs which integrate a GMA HD video card onto the CPU Processor package meaning that the need for a separate chip on the Northbridge is gone and the display controller is now on the H55 chip, allowing other LGA-1156 CPUs to be installed on the board without problem.

ASUS has gone to a completely transparent way of naming their motherboards. The P stands for Pentium or Intel. The 7 in the name stands for the 7th generation of Intel chipset. H55 is the name of the chipset. D stands for Digital. M stands for Micro-ATX form factor. This naming scheme is inline and makes a lot of sense for the consumer and for the manufacturer. The motherboard supports Dual Channel DDR3 memory up to 2133MHz when overclocked.

One of the key features of recent ASUS motherboards is the Xtreme Design features. The P7H55D-M EVO has features like TurboV which is the overclocking utility on their boards, Turbo Key which is a single key overclock button, GPU Boost which overclocks the integrated graphics, Q-DIMM which allows users to install a memory stick without removing the graphics card, Express Gate, Xtreme Phase, MemOK and Q-Connector.

ASUS's P7H55D-M EVO has 8 Power Phases+ 3 further phases for the memory and IOH chip. This offers a 8+3 Phase Power design for this board. The GPU Boost allows you to overclock the GMA HD graphics either from a preset setting or a user-controlled setting. The Ultimate setting is 1066MHz while the default graphics setting is 900MHz. As you can see, setting the graphics to Ultimate overclocks the IGP by 166MHz, as we'll see in the performance section the IGP overclocked results in higher performance.