Asus P7H55-M review

Can you get the most from Clarkdale with such a reasonably priced motherboard?

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Our Verdict

We like the P7H55-M. It's not perfected yet, but certainly a front runner among the H55 boards.

For

  • Incremental base clock adjustment
  • Lots of over-clocking adjustments to experiment with
  • USB 3.0 and SATA 600 support
  • Bullet-proof BIOS
  • Competitive price

Against

  • Automatic over-clocking decidedly hit and miss
  • Detailed over-clocking requires technical knowledge
  • Can we have a clock multiplier over 24 please?
  • Limited slots and only a single x16 PCIe
  • No external SATA port

The release of Intel's Clarkdale chip and its accompanying H55 chipset means new boards all round for Intel's LGA1156 boys. The shiny new P7H55-M from ASUS aims to offer a full-blooded experience at little more than budget price and comes with a raft of overclocking tools to keep the most dedicated explorer of performance tweaks happy.

It has the neat ability to adjust its base clock in 1MHz increments, and you've got a Marvell SATA controller running two internal SATA 600 ports, and two external USB 3.0 ports, so you're tooled-up for fast drives.

The feature list is full of Asus' unique features; some lovely, some fairly pointless (does anybody on earth use Express Gate?). The two Asus is most pleased about are the new green-friendly Energy Processor Unit, which does clever things to voltage and multipliers across the whole board, and Turbo Unlocker – press a button and get an instant boost with unlocked chips (they tell us).

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