It is always hard to predict how the readers will respond to a review. Sometimes it only takes a few days to write a review, but it stays on the top ten list for a long time, and sometimes you spend a month on tests and the article remains barely noticed. I hope that out today’s article wasn’t a waste of time for you. At least in my opinion, the obtained results are extremely interesting and educational. Parameters that we haven’t really paid any attention to before, have suddenly become very important and crucial for performance and power consumption. It is extremely important to remember that you should avoid leaving any of the significant BIOS settings in “Auto” mode.
Despite a number of obvious drawbacks, new Clarkdale processors made a very good overall impression. Besides, they are highly overclockable, which only adds to their high overall score. Besides Intel Core i3-540 CPU that we used during our performance and overclocking tests, we have also checked out about half a dozen of Core i3-530 processors that is why we can share some preliminary statistics with you already. During overclocking without changing the Vcore you can expect to get the junior processor models to hit at least 3.4-3.6 GHz with the maximum being between 4.2 and 4.6 GHz. During our numerous experiments I failed to get Intel Core i3-530 and 540 processors to work stably when the base clock was increased beyond 200 MHz, which limited the maximum overclocking for us.
And of course, we can’t help saying a few words about the main hero of our today’s article - Asus P7H57D-V EVO mainboard. From now on you will see a lot of reviews of different mainboards on the new Intel chipsets. Some can’t boast anything particularly special, some are truly unique, but I don’t think we will see anything like this Asus board any time soon. This solution is truly eye-opening. The unique thing about this board is that it has features that seem impossible to combine on a single platform: Intel H57 chipset and the same multi-card graphics configuration like on Intel P55 Express based solutions. Until today I couldn’t even imagine that it would be possible, but Asus engineers not only imagines but also implemented these ideas in real hardware. This mainboard is universal and in this respect is superior to all other solutions. We can use integrated graphics or a discrete graphics accelerator with a Clarkdale CPU, while with Lynnfield we can build an ATI CrossFire or Nvidia SLI graphics configuration. Do not forget that this board also supports all contemporary interfaces including USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps. I am sure you will agree that Asus P7H57D-V EVO totally deserves our Ultimate Innovation award as the most unique and extraordinary solution out there.