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ASRock P67 3-Way Motherboard Roundup

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Posted January 18, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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Summary

As we’ve seen, ASRock has an impressive P67 lineup to suit just about any preference or budget. Each of these boards are well designed and include robust features and technology.

Three things really blew us away about these motherboards in particular. The first is the UEFI BIOS, a groundbreaking innovation that has been decades in the making, or at least decades overdue. The graphical interface and nuanced settings can finally match the hardware they seek to harness, and users will find this new BIOS reach a whole new level of ease of use. There are a few bugs to work out, but considering this is completely new tech we’re not surprised there are some minor teething problems. And they are minor, as ASRock has quite a refined BIOS put together.

The second remarkable thing is the Transformer’s P67 chipset for Socket 1156 processors. It’s the only one of its kind out there, and ASRock is to be commended for their innovation and continuing to push the envelope, particularly for value-oriented mainstream board designs.

The last feature that left us smiling is the Auto Overclocking feature. While it’s not as nuanced as ASUS’ TurboV EVO solution, the ASRock presets here are rock solid and allow users to maximize their CPU in a matter of seconds, taking out the guesswork of overclocking. Finding the right combination of voltages, settings, and speeds is no longer necessary. Just a couple quick clicks of a mouse and you’ve got the maximum boost your CPU will allow. As we expected, high-priced 1155 Sandy Bridge boards won’t really produce higher overclocks since the CPU is the limiting factor, so juicing up a chip to the maximum on an affordable motherboard, especially on Auto Overclocking, is very impressive.

Each of these ASRock P67 boards have proven to be feature-rich, innovative, and perhaps most importantly, affordable. The ASRock mantra is to provide creative, cost effective solutions to consumers, and they’ve done exactly that here with the Transformer, Pro3, and Extreme6. Not simply budget boards, each of these products show ASRock is really moving ahead in the right direction and serving notice to other manufacturers they’re in for a fight.

Below is a summary chart below that should help illustrate those after all is said and done:

PRO:

  • P67 chipset for Socket 1156
  • High quality build
  • Clean and compact design layout
  • UEFI BIOS
  • Onboard power/reset
  • Great features for $130

CON:

  • No Crossfire and SLI support
  • No front/rear panel USB 3.0
  • Fan header layout

PRO:

  • P67 chipset for Socket 1156
  • High quality build
  • Compact and tidy layout
  • UEFI BIOS
  • Onboard power/reset
  • Great features for $140

CON:

  • No Crossfire and SLI support
  • No front/rear panel USB 3.0
  • Fan header layout

PRO:

  • Additional heatpipe cooling
  • UEFI BIOS
  • Crossfire and SLI support
  • Front panel USB 3.0
  • Great fan header layout
  • Auto Overclocking
  • Great package at $210

CON:

  • Heatsink inteferes with top expansion slot usage
  • Minor BIOS bugs
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