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

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

29 thumbs up

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.

Article Index:

1 2 3 Next
0
+ -

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?

0
+ -

@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.

0
+ -

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.

0
+ -

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]

0
+ -

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.

0
+ -

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

Thanks for the round up :)

+1
+ -

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.

+1
+ -

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

+1
+ -

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

0
+ -

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.

1 2 3 Next
Login or Register to Comment
Post a Comment
Username:   Password: