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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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