Asus vs Gigabyte Intel H67 Review
Published: 5th January 2011 | Source: Overclock3D | Price: £120 est |
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.
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!