Motherboards based on the Intel H67 chipset are the best option if you are building a basic PC with integrated video using an Intel processor, or need an affordable motherboard using the microATX form factor for building a small form factor (SFF) PC. Currently, ASUS has six motherboards based on this chipset. Let’s take a look at the P8H67-M PRO/CSM, which is a microATX solution featuring two PCI Express x16 slots.

Of course, if you want more performance, you will probably pick a motherboard based on the Intel Z68 chipset, so you can enjoy the Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT), which allows you to speed up disk performance by using an SSD unit as a cache unit for your conventional (i.e., mechanical) hard disk drive. This technology works by storing in the SSD the programs and data you access the most. Also, the Intel Z68 chipset allows you to use the Virtu technology, which allows the computer to dynamically switch video cards, depending on what you are doing with your computer. In a typical scenario, this software will make the system use the CPU’s integrated video engine when you are not playing games instead of using your add-on video card. This allows you to save energy, since the CPU integrated video consumes less power than add-on video cards.

With so many options from ASUS, we decided to create the table below, listing the main differences between all its H67-based motherboards.

  P8H67-M PRO/CSM P8H67-M EVO P8H67-M LE P8H67-M LX P8H67-V P8H67-I DELUXE
Form Factor microATX microATX microATX microATX ATX Mini-ITX
PCI Express x16 2 2 1 1 2 1
PCI Express x4 0 0 0 1 0 0
PCI Express x1 0 1 1 0 2 0
Standard PCI 2 1 2 2 3 0
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 2 2 2 2 2 2
ATA-133 1 1 0 0 1 0
eSATA-300 0 1 0 0 0 1
USB 2.0 14 12 12 14 12 6
USB 3.0 2 2 2 0 2 4
FireWire 0 2 0 0 0 0
VGA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVI-D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
DisplayPort No Yes No No No No
Optical SPDIF Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Wi-Fi No No No No No 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth No No No No No Yes
Audio Codec ALC892 ALC892 ALC887 ALC887 ALC887 ALC892

The ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM motherboard is shown in Figure 1.

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM motherboardFigure 1: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM motherboard

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