4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Changed my review back to 5 stars. I solved the HDMI problem. Problem was using the latest Intel HD video drivers instead of the video driver on the Asus website.
When I downloaded all of the drivers on the Asus website for the P8H7-V motherboard, one was listed as "VGA". Being unfamiliar with the drivers for this mobo, I assumed that that driver was only for the VGA port on the mobo.
So I installed all of the drivers I had downloaded from the Asus website including the "VGA" driver.
Then I found the latest "HD Video" driver for the P8H67-V mobo which was version 22.214.171.1249 and installed it. What I didn't realize is that the "VGA" driver on the Asus website is actually the older HD video driver version 126.96.36.1999. So when I installed the 2259 driver, it replaced the 2219 driver.
A couple of weeks later, my long HDMI cable arrived which could reach our TV set. That's when I discovered the HDMI problems. I then replaced the 188.8.131.529 driver with the 184.108.40.2069 video driver but the HDMI problems persisted.
By this time I had done a "ton" of research and learned that many folks had HDMI problems using the latest Intel video drivers. Several said that going back to the older 220.127.116.119 video driver fixed their problems. This is when I discovered that the "VGA" driver on the Asus website has 815102219 as part of it's name. When I installed that video driver, my HDMI problems were fixed.
I don't know why the Asus tech did not ask me what video driver version I had installed. And why he kept recommending to buy a video card and install it to get my HDMI problems fixed. And why he said a video card would have better quality HDMI video. The HDMI video quality from this motherboard is excellent and exceeds all of my expectations.
So I am once again recommending the P8H67-V motherboard. Just be SURE to install the "VGA" driver from the Asus website and never upgrade it to a later version.
I changed my review from 5 stars to 3 stars. Here's why:
Everything worked to my expectations using either VGA or DVI cable to my PC monitor. But when I tried connecting a HDMI cable from the motherboard's HDMI port to a Samsung LN46D550 HDTV set I have major problems.
with both a DVI cable to the monitor and a HDMI cable to the TV set, from a power on boot, both the PC monitor and the TV set display post, "Starting Windows", the spinning Win7 orbs OK. But as soon as the Win7 desktop is displayed, the PC monitor display goes haywire with garbled desktop background in the upper 1/3 of the screen and the desktop icons in the lower 2/3 of the screen. The TV set goes black and then says "No signal". The USB mouse cursor is invisible but moving the mouse over the taskbar highlights icons.
I disconnected the DVI cable to the monitor and connected a VGA cable instead. Exactly the same symptoms.
Asus tech support recommends that I buy a video card and use it instead of the built-in HDMI port. What? Why is the HDMI port there if it can't be used?
If you don't intend to use this motherboard with HDMI output and Windows 7, then it's a very nice mobo. But forget using HDMI out with Win7.
I withdraw my recommendation to buy this motherboard until I find a solution to my problem. If I do, I'll post the fix. Otherwise, assume I haven't found a fix.
PREVIOUS REVIEW BEFORE DISCOVERING THE HDMI PROBLEM:
The P8H67-V is a great full size ATX motherboard with almost every port you could want. I say "almost" because it doesn't have a 1394 Firewire port.
--- INTERNAL ---
4 Memory slots (240 pin, DDR3 1333 / 1066, 32GB max, Dual channel)
2 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slots
2 PCI Express x1 slots
3 PCI slots
1 PATA (IDE) port
2 SATA 6Gb/s ports
4 SATA 3Gb/s ports
8 USB 2.0 headers (for front panel)
1 Front panel audio header, 10-1 pins. (HD or AC-97, BIOS selectable)
1 Serial (COM) port, 10-1 pins
--- REAR PANEL---
1 D-Sub (VGA)
1 DVI-D Dual Link
2 USB 3.0
4 USB 2.0
1 PS/2 port
1 RJ-45 Gigabit LAN port
1 S/PDIF Audio out
6 Analog audio ports
The P8H67-V does not have an eSATA port on the back panel but it's easy to add one. Just buy a SATA to eSATA adapter bracket. Plug the cable on a SATA-2 port and install the bracket in a slot position. Or, what I did is take the eSATA connector off the slot bracket and I mounted the connector on a empty front panel plate. Works great with my Thermaltake BlacX USB/eSATA docking station. The BIOS has a "Hot Plug" option for each SATA port. I set the port used as eSATA to "Hot Plug" and it shows up in "Safely remove hardware" which allows me to insure that buffers are cleared and the heads are parked before I power off the docking station to swap HDDs.
I'm able to use the "IDE" CD/DVD burner drive from my previous PC that died since the P8H67-V has an IDE connector! Not many modern motherboards have an IDE connector. I installed Win7 using the CD/DVD drive. Then I connected the "IDE" data hard drive from the old PC and copied all of the data to a 1TB SATA HDD. Then I removed the IDE drive, though I could have left it in and shared the IDE cable with the CD/DVD burner.
Don't be afraid of the new style BIOS. It's mouse or keyboard driven and is really easy to manage. It can save all of the CMOS screens to a USB flash memory stick for future reference.
I'm running 8GB (4GB x 2) of DDR3 1333 RAM and can expand it to 16 GB later if I want to since there are 4 RAM slots.
I installed a Plextor 64GB solid state drive as my system drive on a SATA-3 port and it works perfectly. Win7 boots (not including post) in 11 seconds and shutdown takes 6 seconds. Including post, boot takes about 21 seconds as I recall. There is no need for any user intervention during the boot process so the one star review must have been a defective motherboard (which can happen to any product).
One con for this mobo is that there's only 6 stand-off mounts so the entire right side of the mobo from the RAM slots to the SATA connectors is unsupported. I made a small wooden wedge that I slide under the mobo when plugging in RAM, 24pin power connector, IDE connector and SATA cables. I just move the wedge under the port I'm going to plug something in. This prevents flexing of the mobo when plugging in stuff and will prevent problems from happening. I remove the wedge for normal running.
I installed an i5-2500K CPU with the stock cooler and this motherboard runs solid. I have not had any glitches or problems what-so-ever in about a month of use with a lot of daily use. I recommend this board highly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Note, the title says DDR2, but any research shows this as a DDR3 motherboard.The board works perfect, and it says it supports DDR3 1600, but I only have 1333 so I haven't tested it.It's a H Chipset so no overclocking, if you do want to overclock, get a P or Z Chipset.For some reason, the Sata3 slots don't allow for raiding, as they recognize drives differently.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
there are at least two major problems with this motherboard:
1) when it starts, it will complain that it does not support overclocking and you have to go into BIOS and load default settings. EVERY time you power the computer on! seriously?!
I do NOT use overclocking and this is just a bug in the BIOS.
2) when you turn the computer off using Windows 7 "shutdown" feature, it turns ON back again after ~5 seconds! it's like a zombie - you just can't kill it ! the only way to shut it down is to turn
the physical switch on the power supply itself.
this is just nuts.
I updated the BIOS using the latest version on Asus website, but this didn't solve the problems.
I read some internet posts with 10+ steps saying "connect cord - hold this - hold that - disconnect power cord - etc".
Are you kidding me??? I don't want to do that. I just want the brand-new expensive motherboard to WORK out of the box.
I think these problems are more than enough to give 1 star. if Asus guys didn't even fix such basic problem, what else is broken there? I'm very unhappy with this motherboard.