The Asus P7H57D-V EVO comes with some great features. One of the big ones we talked about in our overclocking section but that is not all that you get. As with almost all of their boards you get their EPU-6 software [and controlling hardware]. This handy little piece of software allows you to completely control the power usage of the system. There are several profiles you can chose from or you can allow the system to dynamically adjust power based on system demand. Of course if you are overclocking the EPU-6 software will set itself to the Turbo profile to make sure that the system receives the proper amount of power.
The next "feature" is not truly a feature but it is an interesting extra that will give any Facebook gamer joy. With a simple click you can begin playing games like Farmville, Mafia Wars and more than a few others. This is even available in the Express Gate OS - given that games such as Farmville attracted more than 80 million gamers, there is a clear market potential for products that can enable quick boot into those type of games.
Some of the other features available are things like the "Mem OK!" LEDs, T.Probe, and much more.
Of course the most interesting feature on the P7H57D-V EVO is the inclusion of both SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0. As we have previously covered this is accomplished through the use of a PLX bridge chip that allows for proper throughput for both of these high bandwidth interfaces. Unfortunately, there are only ports for each, but then again there are not many SATA 3.0 devices out yet and even less USB3.0 products on the market right now. Test System and Build CommentsProcessor
: Intel Core i5 661Mainboard
ASUS P7H57D-V EVO [Supplied by ASUS
: 4GB Kingston KHX12800D3T1K3/6GX [Supplied by Kingston
: Kingston SSD Now M [Intel X25-M 80GB SSD - Supplied by Kingston
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 3.0 HDD [Supplied by Seagate
: Zotac GTX 285 AMP! Edition 1GB [flashed to stock BIOS - Supplied by Zotac
: Cooler Master Hyper 212 [with an extra fan - Supplied by Cooler Master
: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
: Intel INF 126.96.36.1995, ForceWare 195.62
The Asus P7H57D-V EVO was interesting to work with. It was obvious even early on that Asus is listening to some of the feedback they are getting. The layout, while cluttered, offers a considerable amount of flexibility with what you can do with the system. The BIOS has a clean and easy to use feel to it making it easy for even a basic user to tweak the H57D-V EVO.
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