|Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Monday, 03 January 2011|
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Intel DH67BL Detailed Features
Let's take a look at some of the more detailed features of the DH67BL Bearup Lake motherboard, starting with the I/O Panel.
You'll notice immediately that there are plenty of USB ports on the Intel DH67BL motherboard. This supports its function as a media series motherboard, since there are quite a lot of peripherals available for mainstream and media users. Under the first set of two USB 2.0 ports is a red, eSATA port. These ports are becoming more common recently. Next to those is the LAN port, offering 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN functionality, and two more USB 2.0 ports. Another two USB 2.0 ports follow that, with a curiously blank area under them. I'm not sure why this space wasn't used. With 6 USB 2.0 ports on the I/O panel and four additional headers to bring it to a total of 14 possible USB 2.0 ports, I really don't understand why there aren't two more ports here instead of an empty hole.
The I/O panel of the DH67BL motherboard offers a DVI-I port and an HDMI port directly underneath it as its graphics options. There is no VGA port. This is a welcome change. If you haven't graduated to digital video yet, you can certainly find an adapter. The two blue USB ports on the I/O panel are the only two USB 3.0 ports available on the DH67BL. They, like the SATA 6Gb/s ports, are a welcome addition that may not see use for a little while. To round out the I/O panel, the DH67BL offers 10 channels of audio support and an S/PDIF output. While this may not affect the normal, everyday PC user, an HTPC or media-minded user will undoubtedly appreciate the S/PDIF out option.
Here you can see the new 1155 socket for the Sandy Bridge CPUs. It seems like Intel makes a new chipset for each of new CPU releases. This is in contrast to AMD, who have kept the AM2+/AM3 socket for quite a while now and are still making new CPUs to fit it. Of course, that means that AMD has to use a 45nm process for it's CPUs while Intel has been making CPUs on a 32nm process for quite some time now.
A heatsink/fan combo made for an 1156 motherboard will also fit an 1155 motherboard. This is good news for some of us enthusiasts who were a little disturbed to find that our existing cooling solutions didn't work immediately following the release of the 1156 motherboards.
The DH67BL uses a standard 4-pin input for power to the CPU. Some enthusiast and performance motherboards make use of an 8-pin adapter, but we certainly wouldn't expect this from the DH67BL Media Series motherboard. The DH67BL also lacks a MOSFET heatsink. This isn't a surprise, since this isn't an enthusiast board, but I have started to see MOSFET heatsinks on a few entry-level boards recently. However, with overclocking disabled on the H67 chipset there really is no need for a MOSFET heatsink at all.
The H67 chipset is protected by a small, unpretentious heatsink nestled near the PCI slots. With the focus of the DH67BL being on media, there isn't a need for a large chipset heatsink or a heat-pipe solution that you might find on some of the higher-end motherboards.
One of my personal favorite features of the Intel DH67BL motherboard is the lack of old hardware that I hate to see taking up space on a modern motherboard. You won't find an IDE port, a floppy drive port, a serial port, or a PS/2 port on the DH67BL. Its about time.