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P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI
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Date: Jun 17, 2011
Section:Motherboards
Author: Mathew Miranda
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Introduction
Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com, offers no less than 151 motherboards at this point based on Intel's Socket LGA 1155. So how exactly should you go about choosing the perfect board for your build? The answer to that question will inevitably be different for each consumer, but read on and we'll try to point you in the right direction.




In order to assist you in your decision making process, we've gathered five of the latest P67 motherboards from several of the big name manufacturers in the industry. Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock submitted mid-range models in the $179 - $267 price range, and we did our due diligence in order to provide you with the information you'll need to differentiate among them.

P67 Motherboards Go Head-To-Head
Here We Go!

  ASRock Fatal1ty Professional
$219

Asus P8P67 Pro
$174
  Asus P8P67 WS Revolution
 $259
  Gigabyte P67A-UD5
 $263
  MSI P67A-GD80
 $229


Although we've corralled a decent number of boards for this article, we aren't even close to the number of models you can actually find between $174 - $263. Due to the extensive number of offerings from each company at numerous price points, there are quite a few P67 boards from Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, and MSI that also fall within the price range we're looking at. Looking through the catalog of a major e-tailor reveals that Asus offers five, Gigabyte provides two, ASRock furnishes two, and MSI presents two as well. And that's not counting the H67 or Z68 boards that support the same LGA 1155 socket. But consider this round-up a sample of what's available on the market, and keep in mind that moving $20 up or down the price range will sometimes lead you to a distinctly different model, with dissimilar features. With that said, let's take a closer look at each motherboard to see what sets them apart from the competition.

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ASRock Fatal1ty Professional

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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Asus P8P67 Pro

Next up, we have a couple of P67 boards from Asus. The first one happens to be the least expensive model in this particular round-up, the P8P67 Pro. Although it doesn't command a hefty price tag, the Pro still packs plenty of features and eye-catching heat sink designs. It sports a black PCB, with blue expansion slots and memory sockets for a clean look that gets our nod of approval.

 


Asus P8P67 Pro Motherboard

 

 Model P8P67 Pro
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1155 i3 / i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2200 / 2133 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Up to 32 GB max
   
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
2 x PCI slots
Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

LAN
Intel 82579


Audio
Realtek ALC892


Warranty
3 years based on serial number

Price

$174


At $174, the Pro is located in the middle of an extensive P67 line up from Asus. Add or subtract $10 or $20 and you'll find another model to choose from. Nevertheless, this product is aimed toward the mainstream user and has a price tag that puts it within reach of many .

Here are a few of the features found on the P8P67 Pro motherboard:

   Dual Intelligent Processors 2 - "Dual Intelligent Processors" from ASUS make use of two onboard chips - the EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and TPU (TurboV Processing Unit). This board's "Dual Intelligent Processors 2" with DIGI+ VRM give users control over a number of power related features.
Digi + VRM - Voltage regulator modules are considered among the most crucial motherboard components. They supply the voltage demanded by the CPU and other integrated peripherals, and a good VRM must intelligently detect actual CPU power draw to provide precise power accordingly. ASUS DIGI+ VRM is a digital VRM design that meets the Intel VRD12 specifications on and offers better efficiency than analog designs.
TPU - The Asus TPU chip offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring through Asus' Auto Tuning and TurboV functions. Auto Tuning offers a user-friendly way to automatically optimize the system for faster, yet stable clock speeds, while TurboV enables fine grained control for frequency and voltage manipulation.
EPU - The Asus EPU offers system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting workloads and intelligently moderating power consumption. The EPU also intelligently controls fan speeds, which can help reduce noise.

UEFI BIOS - The new ASUS UEFI BIOS, or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, offers a user-friendly GUI that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient mouse input. It natively supports hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit OSes, with full storage space utilization. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand more intricate access to system settings.

 


 

Asus offers an accessory bundle that includes documentation, rear I/O shield, drivers disk, USB bracket, Q-connector, SLI bridge, and four SATA cables.

A look at the rear I/O panel reveals PS/2 connections for both a keyboard and mouse, six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Firewire, two eSATA connectors, an optical S/PDIF out, a coaxial S/PDIF out, one RJ-45 LAN jack, and 6 audio connections.

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Asus P8P67 WS Revolution

The second Asus motherboard in our round up is the P8P67 WS Revolution. As you can probably guess by its name, this board is designed for power users, built with the NF200 controller to enhance bandwidth availability when using up to four graphics cards. The multi-GPU support on the WS Revolution is unmatched at this price point, as it comfortably houses 2 or 3-way SLI, quad-CrossFireX, or four NVIDIA Quadro GPUs.

 


Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Motherboard

 Model P8P67 WS Revolution
 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
4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

LAN
Intel 82574L


Audio
Realtek ALC889


Warranty
3 years based on serial number

Price

$259


The WS Revolution is one of the most expensive P67 boards within the Asus line up. Only the Maximus IV Extreme costs more. But there are plenty of choices available for those looking for a motherboard of this type. The following are several features we would like to point out about the Pro.

  3-Way GeForce SLI / 4-Way Quadro - The P8P67 WS Revolution uses a built-in NF200 controller that enhances bandwidth availability between the board and its four PEG slots. This is ideal for NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD CrossFireX, as the motherboard can easily handle 2-Way SLI in dual PCI Express x16 mode, while 3-Way SLI works in dual PCI Express x8 and one x16 link. For CrossFireX, the P8P67 WS Revolution supports up to quad GPUs with PCI Express x8 links, unlike standard P67 motherboards, which lack the necessary number of lanes to do so.
Platinum Level 92% Power Efficiency - High quality materials and components include all Japan-made ultra long life solid capacitors and very low resistance (Rds) MOSFETS. As a result, users benefit from improved heat dissipation, lower capacitance (and thus improved efficiency), optimized gate charge and long component life cycles.
Dual Intel Gigabit LAN - The P8P67 WS Revolution offers dual hardware-accelerated Intel Gigabit LAN ports that offer lower CPU utilization than cheaper controllers, reduced packet loss and better support for alternative operating systems.

UEFI BIOS - This board also features the new Asus EFI BIOS like the one found on the Pro.

 


 

 

This board offers a large bundle to go along with it. We come across product documentation, eight SATA cables, drivers disk, SLI bridges, eSATA/USB bracket, Q-connectors, and the I/O shield.

The rear I/O panel is home to a PS/2 connection, Firewire, two RJ45 LAN ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports,, an optical S/PDIF out, a coaxial S/PDIF out, and 6 audio connections.

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Gigabyte P67A-UD5

Here we have the P67A-UD5 from Taiwan based manufacturer, Gigabyte Technology. Like other motherboard makers, Gigabyte has expanded their product line to also include cases, coolers, power supplies, notebooks, and peripherals, as well as graphics cards. Fortunately for us, they haven't forgotten their roots and continue to crank out high quality motherboards.

 

 


Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Motherboard

 Model P67A-UD5
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1156 i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2133 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Up to 32 GB max
   
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCIe x1 slots
2 x PCI slots
Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm )

LAN
Realtek 8111E


Audio
Realtek ALC889


Warranty
3 years limited

Price
$263


Here are a few of the features found on the P67A-UD5:

  Max Power Delivery - Like the pistons and cylinders of a car engine, the design of the motherboard Voltage Regulator Module (VRM), component quality and number of power phases greatly affects power efficiency, stability and performance. GIGABYTE 6 series motherboards with their new redesigned VRM, promise to deliver first class system performance and power stability.
Digital PWM Design - Gigabyte's cutting edge 20 phase power VRM design utilizes high caliber components to provide smooth power to the CPU and other integrated peripherals. The 20 phase power VRM has been designed and engineered to deliver fast transient response times through quick and seamless power delivery during extensive CPU loading variations. In addition, heat from the VRM is effectively reduced by spreading the load between the 20 power phases, resulting in a cooler, more stable platform. 
Ultra Durable 3 - The Ultra Durable 3 design features 2oz copper layers for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as the CPU power zone) throughout the entire PCB. Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance, which helps to enhance efficiency and lowers component temperatures.




Gigabyte included a standard bundle with the UD5. It includes four SATA cables, SLI bridge, I/O shield, user's guides, and a drivers/utilities disk. Other boards come with more accessories but this is really all you need to get things going on your build.

The rear panel on the UD5 has a ton of I/O goodness. Here we find a PS/2 keyboard or mouse port, optical and coaxial S/PDIF out, two Firewire connectors, four USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA/USB combo ports, one RJ-45 LAN jack, and 6 analog audio ports.

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MSI P67A-GD80

Micro Star International (MSI) manufactures a variety of computer components. Established in 1986, they originally focused on the motherboard and graphics card markets, but now produce a variety of notebooks, barebone systems,and wireless networking devices as well. Here we look at the P67A-GD80, an impressively designed board featuring MSI's distinctive black and blue color motif.


MSI P67A-GD80 Motherboard

 

 Model P67A-GD80
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1156 i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2133 / 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 year limited

Price

$219

At $219, the GD80 is one of the more expensive P67 boards from MSI. Only the Big Bang Marshal costs more, at a whopping $399. Alternatively, the next model down is the GD65 which costs $179, a significant difference when talking about motherboards. And looking at the rest of MSI's line up, we counted seven models that priced significantly less than the GD80, with baseline models starting at $104.

The following lists a few of the standout features found on the MSI P67A-GD80:

   Military Class II - MSI products with this feature provide a longer lifespans and and better power efficiency. Hi-c CAP are more duable than basic solid capacitors. Super Ferrite Chokes operate at lower temperatures when compared to traditional chokes.
OC Genie II - This feature intelligently sets the clock and voltage of the CPU and memory in order to increase overall system performance. Just press the OC Genie button or enable it in the BIOS.
Click BIOS - The UEFI on-board offers a user friendly, mouse controlled menu system that replaces the legacy BIOS. It supports 15 languages too.

Accompanying the motherboard, MSI includes a nice bundle to aid in system assembly. The GD80 includes plenty of documentation for all its features, drivers disk, utilities disk, four SATA 3.0Gbs cables, SATA power adapters, USB expansion bracket, M-Connector kit, SLI and Crossfire bridges, voltage check cables, and an I/O shield.

 

The I/O panel consists of one PS/2 connector, four USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, a Firewire connection, two eSATA 3Gb/s ports, optical and coaxial S/PDIF out jacks, two RJ-45 LAN jacks, and 6 audio jacks. We love the abundance of connectivity options, especially the ten USB ports available.

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Test Setup and SiSoft SANDRA 2011
How we configured our test systems:  Before testing, we visited each motherboard's product page to download the latest BIOS available. Then we flashed the BIOS to the latest revision and moved on to the next step. When configuring our test systems for this article, we set each board to its optimized defaults. After saving the settings, we re-entered the BIOS and manually set the memory for DDR3-1866 with CAS 9 timings. The hard drive was formatted, and Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed. Once the Win 7 installation completed, we updated the OS and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, defragged the hard drive, and ran all of the tests.

 HotHardware's Test System
 Intel Inside

Motherboards:
ASRock Fatal1ty Professional

Asus P8P67 Pro

Asus P8P67 WS Revolution

Gigabyte P67A-UD5

MSI P67A-GD80

Processor:
Intel Core i5 2500K
(3.3GHz - Quad-Core)

RAM:
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2x2GB)
DDR3-1866 CAS 9-9-9-24

Graphics Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 580

Hard Drive:
Western Digital 2TB

Software:
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
SiSoft SANDRA 2011
CrystalDiskMark 3.01
PCMark 7
Cinebench R11.5
3DMark 11
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

 

SiSoftware SANDRA 2011
Synthetic Benchmarks

We started off our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA 2011, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran three of the built-in subsystem tests that partially comprise the SANDRA suite on the test motherboards (CPU Arithmetic, Memory Bandwidth, and Physical Disks).






Our first set of benchmarks reveals some interesting results. During the processor arithmetic test, the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution from Asus held a tiny lead over the competition with an aggregate score of 71 GOPS. It pulled off first place in the memory bandwidth test as well. The ASRock Fatal1ty Pro just beat out MSI's GD80 for the highest multi-media score, but was clearly the superior board during the physical disk benchmark.

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CrystalDiskMark 3.01

CrystalDiskMark 3.01 
Synthetic File Transfer Tests

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic test that evaluates both sequential as well as random small and large file transfers.  It does a nice job of providing a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to hard drive performance, best case being large sequential transfers and worse case being small, random 4K transfers. 



MSI P67A-GD80
 

Gigabyte P67A-UD5
 

Asus P8P67 Pro


Asus P8P67 WS Revolution

ASRock Fatal1ty Professional
 

We found similar read/write performance with all the boards tested. But since we're splitting hairs, MSI's GD80 recorded the highest sequential read speed at 130 MB/s. However, the WS Revolution board logged the fastest sequential write performance at 127 MB/s.

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PCMark 7 and Cinebench 11.5

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

PCMark 7, a new Futuremark benchmark that offers system-level performance testing for Windows 7, was released in May and is available in three editions: Basic, Advanced, and Professional. It provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of performance with varying workloads. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is targeted for testing solid state drives and external hard drives in addition to the system drive.

 

The Fatal1ty Pro tops the list with an overall PCMark score of 3187. In addition, both Asus models checked in with identical performances during PCMark 7 testing. They registered a score of 3149 PC Marks, which is 4% better than the lowest score.

Cinebench R11.5 64bit
Synthetic OpenGL Rendering Performance


Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. The benchmark goes through a series of tests that measures the performance of the graphics card under real world circumstances. Within Cinebench, graphics card testing makes use of a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase which measures the performance in OpenGL mode. Results are given in frames per second; the higher the number, the faster the graphics card. 



With scores of 53.09 and 5.42 in the OpenGL and CPU benchmarks, the MSI GD80 motherboard leads the comparison group once again. The WS Revolution finished second, followed by the Gigabyte UD5 at third.
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3DMark 11 and Gaming Benchmarks
 

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme and Performance preset options.

During 3DMark 11 testing, the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution pulls away from the pack with an overall score of 6513. It is closely followed by the Gigabyte UD5 (6508 3DMarks) and the ASRock Fatal1ty Pro (6268 3DMarks). The GD80 from MSI tallied the lowest score of 6192, granted that's only a 6% separation from the WS Revolution.

 

Low-Resolution Gaming: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Taking the GPU out of the Equation

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. When testing processors and motherboards in these games, we drop the resolution to 800x600 and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, any in-game effects,which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.


During our gaming test, the difference between first and last place was 16 FPS. The Asus P8P67 WS Revolution averaged 192 FPS, while the Asus Pro scored 176 FPS. That comes out to be a 9% disparity, with the rest of the boards falling somewhere in between.

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Power Consumption

Total System Power Consumption
Tested at the Outlet

And finally, throughout all of our benchmarking and testing, we monitored how much power our test system consumed using a power meter. Our goal was to give you all an idea as to how much power each configuration used while idling and while under a heavy workload. Please keep in mind that we were testing total system power consumption at the outlet here, not just the power being drawn by the motherboard alone.

 

The majority of the P67 boards tested demonstrated similar power usage. Only the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution stood out from the group, with prominently higher energy consumption at 359W load / 184W idle. The extra power consumption likely stems from the NF200 chip on board, with its additional PCI Express lanes and cross-bar switch that is generally power hungry. Between the other four models, the results were too close to consider significant.

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Performance Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Experience tells us that motherboards that use identical chipsets tend to perform similarly throughout testing. After all, running the same processor at 3.3GHz on one board should offer nearly identical performance when installed on a different board (within a few percentage points either way), all other things being equal. And for the most part, our benchmarks correlate with that logic. With that said, there wasn't really any one board that truly stood out during our test runs in terms of performance alone. However, the Asus P8P67 WS Revolution recorded the highest score in 4 of the 10 benchmarks we ran, but again, the deltas separating it from the others were quite small.


ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional: Out of all the boards in this round up, we thought this one looked the most interesting. Of course, everyone has different tastes, but we have to give props to ASRock for designing this beauty and slapping an affordable price tag on it. It looks a lot more like a $400 board than a $200 board. Besides the aesthetics, the P67 Professional came out on top in several benchmarks, including SANDRA's physical disk benchmarks and STALKER. And it did so while consuming the least amount of power during full load. Overall, the Fatal1ty P67 Professional has the looks and performance required to be an excellent board for the money.

Asus P8P67 Pro: Looking at the benchmark scores, the P8P67 Pro usually fell in the middle of the pack. Although it did not grab the performance crown in any of the benchmarks, it recorded the lowest idle power consumption. The biggest advantage the Pro has over the competition is affordability, making it increasingly attractive for those who want to maximize their investment.

Gigabyte P67A-UD5: We like the new look of Gigabyte's 6-series boards, with their black PCB and slick design. But on the performance front, the UD5 didn't differentiate itself. On the other hand, it generally hit par for the course with competitive scores, which was to be expected. Gigabyte boards have a long history of being rock solid, and we expect the same from their new line of products.

MSI P67A-GD80: We would rate the design of the GD80 a close second, behind the Fatal1ty board in terms of looks. Its black and blue color motif is classic, and the heat sink designs are done just right. We also witnessed a couple of performance wins for MSI during our testing. In Cinebench 11.5, the board hit 53.09 FPS with and had the highest read test in CrystalDiskMark at 130 MB/s. Otherwise, the GD80 hung tight with the rest of the group, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.


Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Motherboard

Asus P8P67 WS Revolution: This board specifically targets professional users and offers a built in NF200 controller to increase the number of PCI Express lanes available in its four full length PCI Express slots. The fact that you can pile on four graphics cards makes the this an obvious choice for users than have heavy rendering workloads or hardcore gamers. But on the flip side, this capability comes in the form of extra power consumption, noticeably higher than the other boards we tested. But we also saw the WS Revolution turn in the top score in several of our benchmarks, and the fastest write speed in CrystalDiskMark. We think it's a fantastic board to use for the foundation of a professional workstation, rendering machine, or gaming system. With that said, we pick the Asus WS Revolution as the editor's choice. It's a bit pricey but it offers the kind of versatility and features that make it well worth its price tag and highly recommend it to anyone in the market for a new P67-based motherboard.

 

     
  • Great performance
  • Excellent layout
  • 4-way Quadro capable
  • Pricey
  • High power consumption


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