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Asus P8H67-I

Asus wouldn’t be Asus if they only had one Mini-ITX mainboard for LGA1155 processors with very unique features and functionality, like Asus P8H67-I Deluxe. They also offer a solution for those who value more traditional design - Asus P8H67-I. This mainboard doesn’t require notebook memory modules and doesn’t foist off integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the users. Of course, we absolutely had to check out this Mini-ITX mainboard modification, too.

Asus P8H67-I specification are practically standard. This board supports the entire range of contemporary interfaces including Gigabit network and two USB 3.0 ports and doesn’t offer any excessive extras. Its expansion capabilities are also pretty predictable: there is only one PCI Express x16 slot that can take either a graphics card or some other expansion card. Everything is just as great with the supported processors: Asus P8H67-I doesn’t set any limitations onto the maximum CPU power consumption.

At the same time Asus engineers provided their P8H67-I with a few truly unique features. The mainboard boasts six SATA ports, two of which support 6 Gbps interface. Intel H67 Mini-ITX mainboards usually have only four internal SATA ports and one external eSATA, but Asus laid out all six chipset ports on their mainboard. It means that Asus P8H67-I may become a good base for a home server, because it is the only mainboard in our today’s roundup that allows connecting up to 6 internal disk drives at once. I would also like to remind you that H67 chipset also supports RAID, which may be very useful in this case.

The number of SATA ports is the only aspect where Asus P8H67-I is superior to Asus P8H67-I Deluxe. And I am not talking only about the specifications here. For example, the processor voltage regulator circuitry is a little simpler on this mainboard. It has the same four phases, but there is no dynamic adjustment of the number of active phases. The voltage regulator components have no cooling of any kind on them.

The chipset heatsink is also not particularly efficient. Its effective surface is fairly small and it is fastened using plastic push-pins with springs. As a result, Asus P8H67-I has a few areas that need to be additionally cooled, so it may not be a good match for cases with no active internal airflow.

There are two fan connectors on Asus P8H67-I: one for the CPU fan and another one for an additional fan. Both of them are four-pin ones. The board supports PWM adjustment of the fans rotation speeds, but it is not very flexible in this respect: you can’t set the conditions for the fan rotation speed changes manually – you can only use existing preset profiles.

Although Asus P8H67-I doesn’t have as many additional controllers and connectors as Asus P8H67-I Deluxe, it suffers from the same design flaws as the latter. The main problem is the location of the LGA1155 Socket in the corner created by DIMM and PCI Express x16 slots. Of course, it eliminates a lot of choices when it comes to picking a CPU cooler, because its bottom part has to be no larger than a standard boxed cooler from Intel.

Although Asus P8H67-I doesn’t use any exotic additional controllers, its back panel is quite unique. For obvious reasons there is no eSATA port, but the spot is not wasted. Namely, there are six USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. BY the way, they are implemented via Asmedia controller and not the NEC one as on a more expensive model. There is also a Gigabit network port provided by the traditional Realtek RTL8111E and three analogue audio-jacks connected to an eight-channel VIA VT1708S codec. Of course, the entire set of monitor outs including D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI is also there.

You shouldn’t expect Asus P8H67-I to come with a rich accessories bundle. The board is only accompanied with a user manual, drivers, I/O Shield for the back panel and two SATA cables with connector locks.

All contemporary Asus mainboards use very similar BIOS and P8H67-I is no exception. It can be configured from Asus’s typical graphics UEFI interface. However, the users still get somewhat limited functionality because of the Intel H67 chipset that supports limited overclocking. That is why Asus P8H67- doesn’t allow increasing the processor clock frequency multiplier.

 

But Asus still gave us the opportunity to slightly overclock our processor. There is a special option for adjusting the base clock generator BCLK frequency, which allows speeding up the system by 5-7%. Moreover, you can also overclock the integrated Intel HD Graphics core by raising its frequency as well as voltage totally independently.

 

 

It is great that unlike Asus P8H67-I Deluxe, the BIOS of the P8H67-I model also supports the opposite process: downclocking. This mainboard model can lower the processor clock frequency multiplier as well as Vcore below the nominal value.

As for memory configuring, BIOS also offers great options here. You can flexibly adjust memory timings and select memory frequency from a very wide range. But our practical tests showed that the memory is actually operational only if its frequency is set at 1333 MHz or lower. At the same time the mainboard fully supports memory modules with the voltage set below the nominal 1.5 V.

 
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