It seems that as of lately, the options for motherboards is growing rapidly. Trying to sit down and decide what CPU and motherboard combination you want to use in your next build just might be the biggest challenge yet. Not long ago I took a look at the Asus Sabertooth 55i motherboard (P55 based) and thought this time around a H55 would be in order. So, Asus sent off their P7H55D-M Evo LGA1156 motherboard for me to play with. This is a Micro-ATX board based on the H55 chipset and it supports the latest Intel Lynnfield and Clarkdale processors in the LGA1556 series.
The Xtreme Design motherboards feature ground-breaking innovations and offer the best performance and reliability. With innovations like GPU Boost, users will be able to overclock the integrated GPU in real time for better graphic performance. Turbo V will allow users to easily overclock the CPU without having to leave the OS and reboot. Turbo Key takes it one more step further by allowing the user to access preset overclock profiles at the touch of a button. EPU 6 Engine allows users to control their power and performance through a simple to operate GUI.
I must admit, ASUS has some pretty good looking motherboards. The P7H55D-M Evo is a Socket LGA1156 based motherboard that comes in a Micro-ATX form factor. Although it doesn’t look as densely populated as some boards, it packs a lot of great features. The P7H55D-M Evo runs on the Intel H55 Express chipset if you didn’t realize that by name of the board. Some of the features the board supports are: 4x DIMM dual channel, Realtek 8 channel audio, True USB 3.0, MEM OK, Turbo V, and GPU Boost to name a few. Looking at the full list of features and specs the P7H55D-M Evo has to offer, it will make for a great HTPC motherboard. Offering just about everything a user could want.