The average user had no need for a media pc capable of doing everything their gaming rig can do up until this point. With sites like HULU and Pandora out there the PC is beginning to assimilate every electronic device you own. Just like the cell phone is slowly antiquating the land line the PC is making bulky media components a thing of the past. Intel pushed the consumers to the next level by making it even more cost effective to build yourself an integrated media HTPC. The new i5 661 series of CPU’s made building an htpc much easier for the average user. No more will you have to worry about which graphics card and soundcard you will need to run your PC through HDMI. Now with the new H55 chipset the guess work is gone and all you are left with is a HTPC that you can be very happy with. Today we will be looking at Asus’s P7H55D-M EVO 1156 Motherboard and I for one consider myself a fan of this motherboard already. Let’s see if you will feel the same:
Provided by: Asus
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Specifications and Features:
|CPU||Intel® Socket 1156 Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/ Pentium® Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology*
* The Intel Turbo Boost Technology support depends on the CPU types.
** Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
|Chipset||Intel® H55 Express Chipset|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2133(O.C.)*/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.
** Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lists).
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2.5GT/s, gray slots)
1 x PCI
|VGA||Multi-VGA output support: HDMI, DVI-D, RGB
Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200@60Hz
Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536@75Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
|Storage||Intel® H55 Express Chipset built-in
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
1 xUltraDMA 133/100 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA on-the-go)
|LAN||Gigabit LAN controller Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2|
|Audio||Realtek 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– BD Audio Layer Content Protection
– Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
– Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
– ASUS Noise Filter
|IEEE 1394||VIA® 6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)|
|USB||NEC® USB 3.0 controller:
– 2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue; at back panel)
Intel® H55 Express Chipset:
– 10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
|ASUS Unique Features||ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS Exclusive Overclocking Features
– GPU Boost
– TurboV and Turbo Key
ASUS Xtreme Phase
– 8+3 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Features
– Express Gate
– ASUS EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
– ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 3
– ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-Connector
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– ASUS MyLogo 2
– Multi-language BIOS
|Overclocking Features||Precision Tweaker 2
– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
– vIMC: Adjustable IMC voltage at 0.02V increment
– vDRAM Bus: Adjustable DRAM voltage at 0.02V increment
– vPCH: Adjustable PCH voltage at 0.01V increment
– vCPU_PLL: Adjustable CPU_PLL voltage at 0.02V increment
– iGPU: Adjustable iGPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
– PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increment
– Internal Base Clock tuning from 80MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
|Back Panel I/O Ports||1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x External SATA
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x DVI-D
|Internal I/O Connectors||3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors
1 x Chassis Fan connector (1×4-pin)
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x COM connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x MemOK! button
|BIOS||64 Mb Flash ROM , SPI, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3|
|Manageability||WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE|
1 x I/O Shield
1 x UltraDMA 133/100 cable
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 in 1 Q-connector
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
|Form Factor||uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.5 cm x 24.5 cm )
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
LGA1156 Intel® Lynnfield/Clarkdale Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors in LGA1156 package, which has memory and PCI Express controller integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing higher graphics performance. Moreover, Intel® Clarkdale integrated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) processors which goes with Intel® H55 chipset with VGA out can bring you to the whole new experience of the next generation VGA performance. It also provides separated 3D, 2D and Video Engines to execute different graphic control in hardware.
Double Speed; Double Bandwidth This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
The Intel® H55 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to support latest 1156 socket Intel® Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/Core™ i3/ Pentium® Processors. Intel® H55 chipset improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Using Intel® Core™ i5 6 Series and Core™ i3 5 Series and Pentium® CPU with H55 Express Chipset to enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance!
VGA Output Support
Enjoy Full HD 1080p Multimedia Home-Theater Entertainment
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a set of digital video standards that delivers multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video for full HD 1080p visuals through through a single cable. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with the highest-quality home theater experience.
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) provides high visual quality of digital display devices such as LCD monitor. The interface of this motherboard supports dual VGA output both DVI-D/HDMI and RGB.
True USB 3.0
Realize the True Future!! – TRUE USB 3.0 Support!
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0–the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
Dual-Channel DDR3 2133(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2133(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.
ASUS Overclocking features
Instant iGPU Level Up!
GPU Boost overclocks the integrated GPU in real time for the best graphics performance. User-friendly UI facilitates flexible frequency and voltage adjustments. Its ability to deliver multiple overclocking profiles also provides rapid and stable system-level upgrades.
ASUS Turbo Key allows the user to turn the PC power button into an overclocking button. After the easy setup, Turbo Key can boost performances without interrupting ongoing work or games – with just one touch!!
Easy, Real-Time O.C. Tunings
Feel the adrenaline rush of real-time O.C. – now a reality with the ASUS TurboV. This easy O.C. tool allows you to overclock without exiting or rebooting the OS; and its user-friendly interface makes overclock with just a few clicks away. Moreover, the ASUS OC profiles in TurboV provides the best O.C. settings in different scenarios.
ASUS Xtreme Phase
ASUS 8+3 Phase Power Design
Longer Life & Higher Efficiency!
Unleashes ultimate memory performances with independent power to core components, while providing fast transient response and stability for the CPU under heavy loading or overclocking modes.
ASUS Exclusive Features
System Level Energy Saving
The new ASUS EPU – the world´s first power saving engine, has been upgraded to a new six engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card / integrated GPU, memory, chipset, hard drives and CPU cooler / system fans), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking – helping save power and money.
ASUS Express Gate
0 to Internet in Seconds!
Express Gate™ is an ASUS exclusive OS that provides you with quick access to the Internet and key applications before entering Windows®.
Any Memory is A-OK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS Fanless Design – Heatsink solution
The crystal-shaped heatsink features 0-dB thermal solution that offers users a noiseless PC environment. Not only the beautiful shape upgrades the visual enjoyment for motherboard users, but also the heatsink design lowers the temperature of the chipset and power phase area through high efficient heat-exchange. Combined with usability and aesthetics, the ASUS crystal-shaped heatsink will give users an extremely silent and cooling experience with the elegant appearance!
Active Quiet & Cool
ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.
ASUS EZ DIY
Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings
Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
Make connection quick and accurate!
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
CrashFree BIOS 3
Simply restore corrupted BIOS data from USB flash disk
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.
DIY quickly, DIY easily!
ASUS Q-DIMM enhances your DIY experience by speeding up and simplifying the DIY process!
S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It allows to transfer digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.
Eliminate background noise while recording
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC!
The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology.
Gigabit Lan support
The on-board LAN controller is a highly integrated GbLAN controller. It is enhanced with an ACPI management function to provide efficient power management for advanced operating systems.
The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.