Chrispy_ wrote:There's nothing wrong with the B3 stepping of an H67 chipset. Unless you wanted features that are present only in other chipsets, it's indistinguishable from the current gen chipsets. RAM and the PCI-E lanes for graphics come straight off your 2500K, so as long as you're using the H67's SATA ports you're not missing any potential performance.
Kougar wrote:Not quite. H67 doesn't have native SATA 6Gb/s ports. Just like the X58 generation, the P67 generation boards used Marvell controllers for SATA 6Gbps ports. These were given a single PCIe 1.0 lane linked off the PCH, and a single lane maxes out at 250MB/s. But there were other issues with the Marvell controller that hurt performance...
SheridanPC wrote:I am wary of messing with BIOS too much because this is actually a Serenity HTPC from Puget Systems that supposedly has some custom fan tuning and other tweaks in the BIOS. Incidentally, I'm sure I overpaid for this stuff but can say between the foam in the case and the extra slow fan speeds, the PC is dead silent.
Kougar wrote:Not quite. H67 doesn't have native SATA 6Gb/s ports.
The Egg wrote:H67 and P67 both have 2x native SATA 6Gbps ports. On the H67 board in question, none of the internal SATA ports run through the Marvell chip, so that can be crossed off the list.
The Egg wrote: Ehhh. I'm not really familiar with the brand, but I doubt they did any custom programming in the BIOS. If they did, that would only make me more suspect of the BIOS being the problem. So long as you're sure that's the board you have, I would install the latest BIOS from ASUS. Worst case senario, your fans turn a little faster.
SheridanPC wrote:I may have to try that - guess I can always revert if need be. The Puget BIOS stuff though I doubt is too controversial as it's mainly just more aggressive fan control. Who knows though, could be other more problematic tweaks I suppose.
vargis14 wrote:I would get a half decent z77 motherboard like this ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard for $125 along with a decent CPU cooler like at least a $30 Coolermaster 212 Evo air cooler or a AIO 120mm water cooler like a $50 cooler master seidon 120m and your 2500k could be running at 4500-5000mhz depending on how good your chip is.
SheridanPC wrote:What would you recommend for a micro-atx size board?
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