On-Board Peripherals

The Intel H67 chipset is a single-chip solution which is also known as a PCH (Platform Controller Hub). This chip supports two SATA-600 ports and four SATA-300 ports, supporting RAID (0, 1, 10, and 5). The SATA-300 ports are located at one of the corners of the motherboard, and the installation of a long add-on video card in the second PCI Express x16 slot (black) will block them. The SATA-600 ports, however, are rotated 90°, so the installation of long video cards in any of the slots won’t block them.

ASUS P8H67-M EVO motherboardFigure 5: SATA-300 (blue) and SATA-600 (gray) ports

The product has one eSATA-300 port soldered on the rear panel and one ATA-133 port, both controlled by a Marvell 88SE6111 chip.

This motherboard has 12 USB 2.0 ports, four soldered on the rear panel and eight available through four headers located on the motherboard. It also supports two USB 3.0 ports, controlled by an ASMedia ASM1042 chip. The motherboard comes with an I/O bracket with two USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port.

The P8H67-M EVO comes with two FireWire (IEEE1394) ports, one soldered on the rear panel and the other available through a header on the board. These ports are controlled by a VIA VT6315N chip.

This motherboard supports 7.1+2 audio format, i.e., eight channels plus two independent channels for audio streaming. On this motherboard, the audio is generated by the chipset using a Realtek ALC892 codec. The specifications for this chip include 97 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog outputs, 90 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the analog inputs, up to 192 kHz sampling rate for both inputs and outputs, and 24-bit resolution. These specifications are good for the mainstream user, but if you are looking into working professionally with audio editing, you should look for a motherboard that provides an SNR of at least 97 dB for the analog input.

This motherboard has independent 7.1 analog audio outputs, meaning that you won’t need to use the “line in” or “mic in” jacks when installing a set of analog 7.1 speakers. The motherboard has an on-board optical SPDIF output, and you can add a coaxial SPDIF output by installing an adapter on the available “SPDIF_OUT” header.

The portrayed motherboard has one Gigabit Ethernet port, controlled by the chipset using a Realtek RTL8111E chip.

In Figure 6, you can see the motherboard rear panel, with PS/2 keyboard and mouse shared connector, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire port, one eSATA-300 port, optical SPDIF output, HDMI output, DisplayPort output, VGA output, DVI-D output, two USB 3.0 ports (blue connectors), Gigabit Ethernet port, and independent 7.1 analog audio jacks.

ASUS P8H67-M EVO motherboardFigure 6: Motherboard rear panel


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