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Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review

Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Motherboards like the Intel DH67BL that PCSTATS is reviewing today support one PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard and have one DVI-I and HDMI video output.
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Intel H67 Chipset Features Explained

Intel Flexible Display Interface

Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI) can be thought of as a direct line to the integrated graphics core built into every Sandy Bridge microprocessor. While Intel's H67 chipset features the FDI link, and with it users could rely on the integrated graphics core for everyday work and for specialized video transcoding acceleration via Intel Quick Sync, the Intel P67 chipset does not.


Intel H67 Express Chipset

Graphics Onboard the Sandy Bridge 2nd Generation Core i5 Processor

The Intel H67 Express Chipset takes over where the popular Intel P55 and P45 Express chipsets left off, but instead of a Graphics Media Accelerator integrated onto the chipset, the graphics core is integrated into the Sandy Bridge processor (either HD 3000 or HD 2000 GFx).

Looking at the Intel HD 3000 graphics core specifically, the IGP isn't a radical departure from previous Intel chipset-based integrated graphics offerings. It's focus is still geared towards standard 2D desktop graphics, still geared towards helping the home user do HD content playback and still geared towards a bit of light gaming at modest screen resolutions.

The H67 does have a few new tools such as hardware-based video transcoding acceleration (Intel Quick Sync), H.264 & MPEG2 encode and support for HDMI 1.4 with 3D.

Standard features with the H67 / HD 3000 combo include a 4th generation Unified Shader Architecture, H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 hardware decoding, 12 Execution Units, Open GL 3.0, Shader Model 4.1 and DirectX 10.1 support. Clearly, lack of DX11 support will limit the H67 / HD 3000 usefulness in the FPS gaming arena.

To get all its video processing power onto an HDTV, the HD 3000 supports HDMI 1.4 with 3D. HDMI v1.4 provides support for Stereo 3D and delivers uncompressed HD video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in a single cable, supporting all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

Let's be clear, the Intel H67 Express is an integrated video chipset made with High Definition content playback and video transcoding acceleration in mind, not extreme 3D FPS gaming. It's quicker than previous Intel IGPs (as you'll see momentarily) but not intended to directly compete with discrete mainstream videocards.

QuickSync - Video Transcoding Acceleration

In the PCSTATS labs we set about converting a 450MB 1080i high definition MPEG2 video via Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso 6 to a 640x360 MP4 video format suitable for the iPhone 4.

Using an Intel Core i5 2500K / nVidia Geforce GTX470 / Intel DH67BL test system, this video transcoded in about 48 seconds. Not bad, but with the videocard removed and the computer system reconfigured to run off the Intel HD3000 integrated graphics core, the same 450MB video was transcoded in a mere 14 seconds with the aide of QuickSync.

To use Intel QuickSync you need to plug your display into the motherboard's video ports and run off the Intel HD3000/2000 graphics core. Pretty simple, eh!

Next up, a 360-degree look at the Intel DH67BL motherboard gallery.

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Contents of Article: Intel DH67BL
 Pg 1.  Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Intel H67 Chipset Features Explained
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 5.  BIOS Options and Motherboard Power Draw
 Pg 6.  Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark11
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 14.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: DX11....
 Pg 15.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06
 Pg 16.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: FEAR, Call of Juarez, Crysis
 Pg 17.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: Office Applications
 Pg 18.  Video Transcoding & Conclusions

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