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Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Last month we reviewed the Zotac H67-ITX, a premium mini-ITX LGA1155 motherboard that offered DIY enthusiasts a huge array of features for a  powerful Sandy Bridge SFF PC.   Though it had an outstanding feature-set that few could complain about,  it was a little rough around the edges.  Its energy efficiency was poor on load, its BIOS and fan control were subpar, and it lacked any additional software that might have helped overcome these issues.  It was in a technical sense, a high-end board, but  with a barebone personality.

There is one other available mini-ITX board that can rival the H67-ITX in features, and it might just have that extra je ne sais quoi that the Zotac board seemed to be missing.     Asus has   a reputation for putting out well polished products, and the P8H67-I Deluxe is no exception.  It features the same  visually appealing UEFI and second generation AI Suite of utilities found on all their recent offerings.    On the hardware side, the P8H67-I also  delivers, sharing many features with the H67-ITX, including   eSATA, USB 3.0, and 802.11n.  The only  differences are the Zotac board’s fifth and sixth SATA ports and  DisplayPort connector, and Asus’ Bluetooth receiver, which is surprising to see as they are usually reserved for mid-to-high-end P67 motherboards.

The package contents are minimal, just a manual, driver DVD, I/O shield, two SATA cables and a pair of antennae for the included WiFi adapter. These are not your typical dipole antennae though as they are fixed to magnetic rings with  long cables, allowing users to  potentially extend WiFi  range and signal strength.  By comparison, the Zotac H67-ITX offers standard black rabbit ears, and a few  more accessories, two extra SATA cables, a USB 3.0 expansion bracket, and an AUX12V extension.

Asus P8H67-I Deluxe : Specifications
CPU Intel® Socket 1155 for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/
Support Intel® 32nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel® H67(B3) Express Chipset
Memory 2 x Small Outline DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
* Please refer to or user manual for Memory QVL.
Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory Size VGA Supports HDMI with Max. Resolution 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
Supports DVI with Max. Resolution 1920 x 1200 @60Hz
Supports D-Sub with Max. Resolution 2048 x 1530 @75Hz
Max. UMA Memory: 1748MB
Storage Intel® H67(B3) Express Chipset
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
2 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
Support RAID 0,1,5,10
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port
LAN Realtek® RTL8111E Gigabit LAN Controller
Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Audio Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
– BD Audio Layer Content Protection
– Supports Jack-Detection, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
– Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
USB Chipset built-in
– 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board, 2 ports at pack panel)
Chipset built-in
– 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)
ASUS Unique Features ASUS Power Solutions
– ASUS Anti-Surge Protection
ASUS Exclusive Features
– GPU Boost
– MemOK!
– BT GO!
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– EFI BIOS (EZ Mode)
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x DVI
1 x D-Sub
1 x HDMI
1 x External SATA
1 x LAN(RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0
4 x USB 2.0/1.1
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical)
6 -Channel Audio I/O
2 x WiFi antenna port
1 x Bluetooth
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector(s) support additional 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector(s) support additional 2 USB 2.0/1/1 ports
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x GPU Boost Switch
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4-pin)
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4-pin)
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x System Panel connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
BIOS 32 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a
Manageability WOL by PME,PXE
Support Disc Drivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor Mini ITX Form Factor
6.75 inch x 6.75 inch (17.1 cm x 17.1 cm)


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