Intel H67 Motherboard Roundup - Four of a Kind


ASUS P8H67-V

ASUS P8H67-V

Our first contender in the H67 field is the ASUS P8H67-V, which comes in the standard ATX form factor. It means plenty of board space for ASUS to be creative with their features and layout. Hence, we find some extras, like ASUS' MemOK! technology and GPU Boost, both of which can be activated through hardware switches onboard.

What was a bit of a surprise is that ASUS has included an VIA PATA controller for your older storage devices. It's certainly something that one don't find too often nowadays, but perhaps ASUS had a little too much PCB space to work with.

The ATX form factor also means that multi-GPU setups are supported, but only AMD's CrossFireX (up to quad GPUs) is certified. The first PCIe x16 slot gets the full 16 lanes of bandwidth while the second only gets 4 lanes. Additionally, the PCIe x1 slot shares the same lanes as the second PCIe x16 slot, so you cannot use this PCIe x1 slot in conjunction with any CrossFireX setup.

Besides CrossFireX support, this ASUS board also comes with two USB 3.0 ports, with an ASMedia USB 3.0 controller taking up the task. We have to admit that we haven't seen this controller around, but it's about time that we find some competitors to the popular NEC USB 3.0 controller.

 

As you can expect from ASUS, the build quality appears very decent, with solid capacitors used throughout. Although it may not be one of ASUS' more costly and feature-rich models, it looks like a capable board. More so when you factor in the snazzy EFI BIOS that ASUS has included. It's something that we have seen in ASUS' P67 boards before and it should give ASUS a slight edge in this department.

We also got a small boost in performance by turning on the GPU Boost feature, which increased the GPU to 1650MHz from the default maximum of 1350MHz. In Far Cry 2, it translated to a gain of 3 FPS, which is substantial enough considering the relatively low 20+ FPS that the system was hovering at.