ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Reviewjlqrb - June 30, 2010
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Intel's H55 chipset is a low priced, mainstream product that is designed to utilize the integrated graphics built into the new Clarkdale based processors. This design has proven to be a very good option for users that are looking to get the best performance possible while avoiding the high premium of the Core i7 series. What really separates this chipset from others using the LGA 1156 socket type (such as the P55) is that the H55 along with the H57 have onboard video options to add support for the IGP found on the Clarkdale processors. This should make this an ideal solution for HTPC use and as stated before the price puts it well within the mainstream. So, with the H55 line expanding the new Core lineup to a wider audience and many motherboard manufactures producing boards based on this chipset it might be hard to find the board that best fits your needs. In this review we are going to be looking at the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO and comparing it to other offering from the H55 and H57 lineup to see what distinguishes this board over the others.
The ASUS P7H55D-M EVO comes packaged in a light blue box that is standard size for a mATX motherboard. Both the front and back of the packaging highlight the main features and support of the motherboard. But like most products the back panel is more in-depth where as the front is used more to showcase the included features. Once the packaging is opened the accessories are found sitting on top of a cardboard divider with the motherboard below.
The included accessories are two SATA cables, one IDE cable, the rear I/O shield, the user manual and the driver's disc. Really just the basics are included, but this is standard for a mainstream motherboard. Found below the accessories is the P7H55D-M EVO which comes in a protective antistatic bag.