Summary: To put it mildly, this board isn't for everyone. It is really a jack of all trades and a master of none. There are better choices for overclocking out there. There are better choices for multi-GPU/gaming systems. There are cheaper boards for office machine use. The board is rock solid in the stability department, but so are many others. As for the HTPC market, the P7H57D-V EVO is simply too large for many of the SFF or HTPC purpose built cases out there.
Summary: ASUS has yet another motherboard in its long list of LGA1156 based boards. This one is based on Intel's latest chipset, the H57 Express. The target market for this board is a little different than what we typically look at here at [H]ardOCP. After evaluating this board I can truly call it a jack of all trades and a master of none.
Excerpt: With the launch of their new 32nm Clarkdale CPU just over a month ago, Intel also introduced 3 new chipsets. In our launch article we outlined some of the differences between the three and completed our performance testing on an Intel desktop H55 chipset based motherboard. Today we have an H57 chipset based motherboard from ASUS on hand, called the P7H57D-V EVO.
Excerpt: ASUS is a manufacturer known for the features they stuff into their motherboards. This has been viewed as both a benefit and an annoyance, but in the end you cannot deny that ASUS does know how to make a motherboard with performance in mind.
Excerpt: When Intel launched the 32nm Clarkdale CPU it also launched a trio of chipsets to support it. These three chipset have the same basic core with only additional features to separate them. This issue means that in terms of performance there is almost no difference between the H55, H57 and Q57.