ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Reviewjlqrb - June 30, 2010
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The ASUS P7H55D-M EVO is an outstanding motherboard that left me with little to dislike. This is because it has very strong performance, support for multiple processors, high quality components, and - despite its mATX form factor - comes packed with a wide array of features. In fact, other than a few exceptions this board comes with many of the same features of the more expensive ASUS P7H57D-V EVO. Of course, you lose some of the high-end goodies such as CrossFireX/SLI support and extra expansion options, but some of what they do have in common are a very robust VRM area, great on-board cooling, support for all LGA 1156 processors and features such as USB 3.0. Even with all this, the H55 model retails for $120 dollars, which is $80 less than the H57 offering. 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.
Beyond just making a board that performs and overclocks well, ASUS has also included a variety of features to make the P7H55D-M EVO stand out. Some of these are software utilities and others are features that are integrated onto the board itself. On the software side you have easy to use overclocking tools such as Turbo V and Turbo Key. Both of these are used to improve the systems performance either manually or automatically by increasing the processor and memory frequencies without having to enter the BIOS. Also, you get programs that will allow you to check your system temperatures, monitor devices, and perform simple computing functions with a utility called Express Gate without having to enter into a primary operating system. On the hardware side, ASUS has also included plenty of features as well, with the most noticeable being support for USB 3.0. I know that there are several boards that are now including this option, but it is far from being an industry standard. Additionally, you get features such as ASUS's MemOK button which ensures memory compatibility from the simple press of a button and a host of video options on that back panel that work with Intel's Clarkdale processors.
The only real flaw I could find with this board is that there is a total lack of support for RAID. This is actually a limitation of the H55 chipset so it is understandable. However, there are a few manufacturers that have opted to use on-board chips to circumvent this issue and include RAID. As one of the more expensive models from the H55 series, it would have been nice if ASUS took similar steps to add this technology.
Even though the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO lacks RAID support this board is a great option for anyone looking for a motherboard with strong performance at a reasonable price for their Intel Clarkdale or Lynnfield processor.
- Support for Clarkdale and Lynnfield processors
- Comes with great software utilities
- USB 3.0
- No RAID options