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.
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.