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.
Conclusion: When Intel released the Clarkdale processors they also unveiled a surprising four new chipsets for this platform, obviously viewing the CPU+GPU chips as having significant market capturing potential. But upon looking at the specifications of these chipsets, it's evident that there's very little to actually differentiate them from each other.
Pros: - Solid Performance that rivals any P55 motherboards., - Eye-pleasing theme & heatsink designs., - Well thought out layout., - Nice spacing between the PCI-E slots., - 2-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI capability (with Lynnfield processors only)., - Excellent manual overclocking capabilities., - Very Impressive automatic overclocking features., - Effectively flawless voltage regulation & output., - Great connectivity thanks to SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0., - Comprehensive, user...
Cons: - Priced out of the range for its intended market., - No CrossFire & SLI with Clarkdale processors (Intel imposed limitation)., - Only one BIOS chip, no backup or fail-safe., - SATA 6Gb/s ports are upright instead of angled., - Large CPU coolers + tall memory heatspreaders can cause installation annoyances., - No DisplayPort output., - No floppy port (Is that a con?)., - Realtek ALC889 audio codec is a little dated.
Excerpt: Asus' P7H57D-V Evo is an expensive motherboard at just under £150, but you do get a lot for your money. It supports all the latest standards with two USB3 ports and two SATA III connectors. USB3 external hard disks are expensive, but are at least three times as fast as their USB2 counterparts, making these ports worth having. SATA III is less impressive. In our tests, a SATA III internal hard disk was no faster than the quickest SATA II disk.