Conclusion: This is my first formal motherboard review, so the only context I have is my own experience with motherboards, which in the past 18 months or so has been with three X58 motherboards and a single enthusiast-level ASUS P55 motherboard. This probably prejudiced me going into this review, since I prefer high-end products and didn't see the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO as such. But after testing, I was very impressed by this product.
Pros: 8+3 phase power delivery, 8-pin EPS-12V connector, Solid capacitors and ferrite core chokes, Many overclocking features such as Mem-OK button, SuperSpeed USB-3.0 ports, Enhanced Ethernet and audio support, 3-year product warranty, Lots of overclocking headroom
Cons: No on-board power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons, Some parts of the BIOS are undocumented, Large CPU coolers may interfere with first two RAM sockets, H55 chipset lacks RAID and AHCI storage support
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Intel H55 mATX Motherboard Review
9 February 2010
I had no idea what to expect from the new i5 processors and the H55 chipset. On-die graphics processing is a new concept and I could envision any number of issues that could have made it undesirable. But those issues never surfaced. Though the 3D graphics leave much to be desired, all other graphics performance were fine, which make the pair excellent for HTPC and non-gaming enthusiast’s rigs.
Pros: High performance and stability, Small footprint desirable for HTPC or nongaming enthusiast rig, BIOS very overclockfriendly, Excellent overclocker