P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI - HotHardware

P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI

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First up is a motherboard from ASRock. For those of you who aren't familiar with the company, ASRock started off in 2002 and primarily targets the entry-level / budget market, as well as the mid-level / mainstream. It aims to provide consumers with good bang for the buck, and we can definitely appreciate that. But just because the company neglects the high end of the spectrum, don't assume their boards lack style. It has partnered with the Fatal1ty brand to create the P67 Professional Series model that reminds us of the Asus Rampage board at first glance.

 


ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Motherboard

 Model Fatal1ty P67 Professional
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1155 i3 / i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2133 / 2000 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Up to 32 GB max
   
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCIe x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

LAN
Realtek 8111E


Audio
Realtek ALC892


Warranty
3 years based on serial number

Price

$219


Carrying a price tag of $219, the Professional is the most expensive P67 motherboard that ASRock manufactures. The next model down is the P67 Extreme, which costs $189. Several less expensive choices are also available, starting at $109 for the Pro3 SE.

   Fatal1ty Mouse Port - After plugging a USB mouse into the port and running F-Stream, gamers can use Fatal1ty's personal preferred mouse polling rate at 500 Hz. F-Stream also provides the flexibility for gamers to adjust the mouse polling rate from 125 - 1000 Hz. ASRock claims this feature is helpful for gamers by providing smoother game play and faster response time to the mouse.
Digital PWM Design - By adopting digital pulse-width modulation, this board can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly than older analog solutions.
Fatal1ty XFast USB Techology - This feature is integrated in the board and claims to deliver the world's fastest USB data transfer speed.
PLX PEX8608 Chip - The P67 Professional offers x16 electrical connections to its PEG slots, even when using dual graphics cards, through the use of a PLX PCI Express fan out switch.

 


 

 

ASRock packs a substantial bundle along with the P67 Professional. Here we find product documentation, a driver disk, six SATA cables, USB bracket, rear I/O shield, IDE cables, power adapters, and an SLI bridge. The user guide that comes along with this board is the thickest we've ever encountered. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but worth noting.

On the rear I/O panel, we find three USB 2.0 ports, one Fatal1ty mouse port, four USB 3.0 ports, one 1394 port, one 6Gb/s eSATA port, PS/2 connections for both a keyboard and mouse, an optical S/PDIF out, a coaxial S/PDIF out, a couple of RJ-45 LAN jacks, and 6 analog audio connections.

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I enjoyed the round-up a lot, but isn't the Z68 chipset the way to go? What have these got over that newer, more fully featured, chipset?

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@fefzero I'm assuming it takes a long time to test these boards especially in a round up and not just a single board review. I agree, z68 is the way to go but I dont think it's been out long enough for them to pick and choose which boards are good enough to make a round up. I'm sure we will see a z68 round up soon.

This was a very good read, thanks Mathew. I still love the ASRock board, I wish it had been higher on your list; it actually got editors choice on legitreviews.com. Any board on this list would be an awesome choice.

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake the Fatal1ty does catch the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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I guess I've been a huge fan ever since @realneil was talking about some of the features when it was first released. Check out the features video of it, the dual lan teaming, gaming mouse port, and overall look for the price had me sold from day one.

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgulNWDFhfc&feature=player_detailpage]

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ASUS has impressed me with their recent AMD 900+ boards so I can't say I'm surprised it was one of their boards that took Editor's Choice. Thanks for the review and benchmarks.

I agree with you Drake, the Fatal1ty catches the eye and sports some good features while being in the middle of this price range.

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Hum take more power and better performance or an overall one? :D

Thanks for the round up :)

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Great review. Can't wait for the Z68 chipset boards to have this kind of review. The nice thing is you can pretty much go with any one of these boards and have a wicked system. I love ASUS boards but have been pretty impressed with what ASrock is putting out though I did hear that ASUS owns them.

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Great review! I'm glad I got an ASUS myself.

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msi still impresses me, agreed - I can't wait for the z68 roundup.

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Another great review and I agree that ASRock board looks sweet.

Just wonder why they went with the ribbon cable as that technology is long in the tooth, and to impede airflow and obstruct such a beautiful board I don' t understand.

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