Introduction to the ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe
In the ongoing quest to build PC systems as small as possible, you have to begin with the primary components. The biggest of those, both literally and figuratively, would have to be the motherboard. Over the past few years we have seen micro-ATX become very popular due to their size; however, once people had a chance to witness the mini- ITX motherboard and the power capable of being packed into it, the popularity of micro-ATX platform slowed.
With the birth of the mini-ITX motherboard, even overclocking became a possibility at this small level, which we saw one particular mini-ITX board take the world by storm. As the H55 was awhile ago at this point and the competing manufacture is not the creator of this product, we'll just mention a few things. While its primary function was to be used as a HTPC backbone, but this motherboard overclocked as well as many full-sized boards. Based on a chipset that is on its way out the door, it's time for a new board to reign.
Today's contender for the mini-ITX crown is the ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe. Being based on the H67 the chances of extreme overclocking are nil, but for use in a HTPC, SoHo, or even a SFF Gaming build, it offers all (and we mean ALL) the features one would want in such a motherboard. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB3, full bandwidth PCIe x16 slot and a multitude of A/V connections are just a few of things this new motherboard has to offer.
Update: Something that ASUS brought to our attention and felt was worth mentioning., which after hearing we feel the same about, is that not everyone might be fully aware of the details surrounding the K-Series of Socket 1155 processors. Most notable of which -- at least to most of you guys/gals, right? -- would have to be the fact of it being an "Unlocked Processor", meaning the ability to overclock it has been made rather simple by way of simply needing to CPU multiplier (and depending on how high, voltage maybe). The next thing is perhaps something of more interest to anyone looking to run this as a HTPC or Office system. Of all the different Sandy Bridge models available, it is the 'K' prefix models which have a higher iGPU clock speed. While likely of little real-world need for anyone running off the iGPU, it could make a difference of smooth HD content playback at 1080p, and might be more of an issue for the 3D Blu-ray.