Although the P67 chipset is brand new at this point, the Sandy Bridge processors are proving to be performance monsters. There are new features to be sure, but perhaps the biggest change is the overclocking. Locked and unlocked CPUs, speed limits that are determined by multiplier walls, air cooling is all that’s really necessary, and bus speeds that don’t move much at all. The little wiggle room of the BCLK probably means a very difficult challenge for motheboard manufacturers, as their selling points of high clocks are now obsolete and irrelevant. Even many of the features are similar amongst P67 boards. It seems that manufacturers will now have to rely on quality, aesthetics, and price more than ever.
In terms of performance features, the On/Off charge support is a welcome and unique addition for those of you with iPhone or iPad devices, for example. The dual BIOS is also extremely valuable if things go terribly wrong when flashing an upgrade. The 2X copper PCB adds to the quality here as well. The Ultra Durable 3 designation isn’t just marketing hype; this board is build solidly. Easy Tune 6 is handy when fine tuning your overclock but it’s not as robust as some other utilities we’ve seen. The BIOS doesn’t bring anything new to the table really, it’s not a UEFI BIOS like we’ve seen elsewhere, but it gets the job done. For those of you familiar with Gigabyte boards, the P67 BIOS will seem like a comfortable fit.
Priced at about $200 USD, it is comparable to other manufacturers’ base/standard boards. The UD4 doesn’t have some of the more advanced features we’ve seen elsewhere, so the value is satisfactory, but it is a solid board that can extract some great performance out of a hotrod Sandy Bridge CPU.