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ASUS P8P67 5-Way Motherboard Roundup

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Posted January 3, 2011 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Summary

As we’ve seen, ASUS has an impressive and extensive P67 lineup for the new Sandy Bridge processors to suit just about any preference or budget. From the small form factor M Pro to the workstation WS Revolution, each of these boards are well designed and feature cutting edge technology.

What’s interesting here is that ASUS has taken features that were previously only found on their high-end boards and made them standard now, even on the budget-oriented P8P67 base motherboard. As the boards increase in price, additional features are found, but nothing is truly left wanting at any pricing level.

The new Digi+ VRM power design works wonderfully with the fast-changing clocks of the Sandy Bridge processors, as power is available as soon as the load is applied. The EPU feature is particularly good for those who really need to maximize their power consumption.

Two things really blew us away about these motherboards, however, above all else. The first is the EFI BIOS, an utterly 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.

The other thing that is perhaps the most impressive feature of all is the Auto Tuning / OC Tuner / TPU bundle. Regardless of which method you choose, the simple fact remains that this auto overclocking ability is outstanding. The reason why it’s so critical here is because the Sandy Bridge chips have essentially changed the rules in the overclocking game. Sandy Bridge is sort of reminiscent of cruise control on a car. Just set it and forget it. You needn’t worry about speeding up or down, it’s already taken care of for you. And with Intel’s Turbo now far more mature, and working in conjunction with C1E, EIST, and Speedstep, the power is at your fingertips but you don’t even need to touch it. It’s just there.

What this means is that the maximum overclock can be achieved in a matter of minutes, 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. No other motherboard manufacturer has that. Couple this with the EFI BIOS and we’re left thinking that ASUS might just put a stranglehold on the P67 market; their features and performance are that impressive. The bar here set by ASUS is very, very high.

While we love every board in this lineup, there are nuances that set them apart, in functionality, pros/cons, and price. We’ve made a summary chart below that should help illustrate those after all is said and done:

PRO:

  • Crossfire and SLI capable

  • EFI BIOS
  • TPU switch for quick boost
  • Excellent value at $149

CON:

  • Minor layout issues

  • Some features are missing due to lower price tag

PRO:

  • High quality build
  • Great layout and power design
  • EFI BIOS
  • TPU and EPU switches
  • Bluetooth support
  • Rear panel USB 3.0
  • Great value at $160

CON:

  • No SLI support
  • No onboard power/reset switches

PRO:

  • High quality build
  • Great layout and power design
  • EFI BIOS
  • TPU and EPU switches
  • Bluetooth support
  • Crossfire and SLI support
  • Rear panel USB 3.0
  • Great features for $190

CON:

  • No onboard power/reset

PRO:

  • Additional heatpipe cooling
  • Great layout and power design
  • EFI BIOS
  • TPU and EPU switches
  • Bluetooth support
  • Crossfire and SLI support
  • Front panel USB 3.0
  • Outstanding Auto Tuning performance
  • Excellent package at $235

CON:

  • Lack of hardcore multi-GPU support

PRO:

  • Additional heatpipe cooling
  • Great layout and power design
  • EFI BIOS
  • TPU and EPU switches
  • Crossfire and SLI mutli-GPU support
  • Rear panel USB 3.0
  • Vertical USB headers
  • Great workstation package at $259

CON:

  • Some connectivity compromises
  • Niche target market, not for overclocking enthusiasts

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