Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Review

Introduction

Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Shoot Out

Introduction

 

At last, the wait comes to an end and the LGA1155 "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core family are unveiled. Naturally no one wishes to invest in soon to be discontinued hardware and so it makes perfect sense to have waited up until now. 

It is not entirely guaranteed that the new Intel Core family will prove to be a noticeably superior performer to an equivalent LGA1156 part as it depends on your personal needs. Clearly many of you will be flocking towards P67 motherboards and 2500K/2600K processors in light of recent overclocking results. This however leaves those with lesser computational needs in the dark. So the plot thickens; what exactly does LGA1155 have to offer for entry level and midrange consumers?

If it so happens that you're after a more basic system with a bit more platform longevity than the outgoing LGA1156 family, then you are definitely in the right place.

Much like the situation with the outgoing i3/i5/i7 family, you will need to purchase a "H" series motherboard for Integrated Graphics support. Sadly a few of you might be left with a bit of a predicament. To be precise, the H67 chipset does not support processor overclocking at all. Yes, even if you purchase a "K" series processor with a H67 motherboard you are out of luck. If this is what you were after, click the back button on your browser now.

Despite the nature of this website, we are not one to make a final judgement on a product until it has been tested. So with ~£120 to spend, what Micro ATX motherboards are in store for you? Well we have two from Asus and Gigabyte; the P8H67M EVO and the H67MA-UD2H. To summarise these boards on paper, take a gander at our table.

Motherboard ModelAsus P8H67-M EVOGigabyte H67MA-UD2H
Form FactormATX, 9.6" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)mATX, 9.6" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)                                                                              
Processor Support

Intel LGA1155
Intel Pentium, Core i3, i5, i7 Processors                                        

Intel LGA1155
Intel Pentium, Core i3, i5, i7 Processors


ChipsetIntel H67
Intel H67
Overclocking
Support
CPU - NO
iGPU - YES
CPU - NO
iGPU - YES
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB 1333/1066 DDR3
4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB 1333/1066 DDR3
Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x PCI

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Multi-GPU SupportATi CrossfireX Supported
16x (TOP) / 4x (BOTTOM) Mode
 ATi CrossfireX Supported
16x (TOP) / 4x (BOTTOM) Mode
 
Onboard VideoCPU Embedded GPU SupportedCPU Embedded GPU Supported
StorageIntel H67
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s

Marvell SATA + IDE
1 x IDE
1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s
Intel H67
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
3 x SATA 3.0Gb/s
1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s



LAN Gigabit LAN
Gigabit LAN
Audio Realtek ALC892 7.1
Realtek ALC892 7.1
USB12 x USB 2.0 (4 x Back, 8 x Internal)
2 x USB 3.0 REAR
14 x USB 2.0 (4 x Rear, 10 x Internal)
2 x USB 3.0 REAR
Firewire2 x 1394a (1 x back, 1 x internal)
2 x 1394a (1 x back, 1 x internal)
Video I/ODVI, HDMI, VGA, Displayport
DVI, HDMI, VGA, Displayport


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Most Recent Comments

04-01-2011, 23:20:38

tinytomlogan
So you're looking to build an entry level Sandy Bridge computer; which H67 board will win?

Continue Reading

05-01-2011, 02:02:05

taz838
Grrr no overclocking, disgraceful little motherboard.

No integrated graphics for me then :'(

05-01-2011, 03:12:17

chudley
Co9uld it be possible that CPU OCing will be available via a bios upgrade with these boards?

05-01-2011, 03:18:34

Zeals
Quote:
Originally Posted by chudley View Post

Co9uld it be possible that CPU OCing will be available via a bios upgrade with these boards?
Doubt it, I think the H67 motherboards are aimed at people that don't know or want to overclock, so they will purchase the non "K" CPUs.

05-01-2011, 09:26:23

Rastalovich
I like the look of these (not just these two) for building pcs for other people.

The price may massage, but it all looks nice and handy to me.

05-01-2011, 10:37:28

benj3
A bit pricey imo for a board that is not going to appeal to basically the majority of the people with some knowledge of PC's apart from maybe people whom make/build PC's for customers. But still if I was building a computer for a simpleton whom only wanted to use it for internet/emails etc I would go with a cheaper board.

Edit*

Although saying that supporting GPU for a internet/email and some simple games user could completely eliminate the need to buy a graphics card which would save an extra £100ish but does it add up? £50 Mobo, £70 CPU & £80 GPU or £120 Mobo, £150 CPU £200 vs £270 for a everyday pc Ofcourse the sandybridge option will run smoother but is it worth the extra £70 :x!

18-01-2011, 09:11:10

VicVanGo
This review lists your test setup as using Mushkin Redline DDR3 @ 1333MHz but it looks like Mushkin Redline DDR3 is rated for 1600MHz. Is it possible to run the RAM at 1600MHz (or higher) on these boards? From what I have read, the H67 chipset can allow memory OCs but I haven't been able to tell if any of the mobo makers have allowed it yet.
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