Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Review

Overclocking & BIOS

Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Shoot Out

Testbed

Intel Core i5 2300 2.80GHz LGA1155 "Sandy Bridge" Processor
Asus P8P67M EVO Motherboard
Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H Motherboard
Mushkin Redline DDR3 @ 1333MHz
Corsair AX1200w PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Noctua NH-D14 Cooler

Overclocking - CPU & iGPU

As you should know by now, overclocking is strictly limited to the Core i5 2500k and i7 2600k processors. As mentioned earlier, we must stress that multiplier overclocking is not available on H67 motherboards. In a nutshell, if CPU overclocking is your intention, then these boards are not for you.

On the other hand, it is entirely possible for you to overclock your i3/i5/i7's integrated GPU. The process is simple enough and we were able to overclock our i5 2300's iGPU core from its nominal 850MHz to 1700MHz. No one can complain about a 100% overclock, however we will soon find out how large a difference it makes.

BIOS

With the above in mind, we also felt that there isn't much to show from a BIOS perspective. If you are particularly interested in the style of Asus' EFI (GUI) based BIOS, then take a gander at the screenshots from our Rampage IV Extreme review.

Both BIOS' are very intuitive and in the case of the Gigabyte, will be familiar to many DIY builders already. About the only notable feature with both motherboards is the ability to overclock the CPU's graphics core frequency. This is possible in smaller increments and it is also possible to lightly adjust iGPU Voltage as well.

Enough descriptions, it is now time to hit the benchmarks!

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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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