ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Socket 1155 Motherboard

Posted by on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 12:00am

One of those models was the P8P67 Deluxe, which sits above the Pro and base models in the P67 line from ASUS. Still not the top of the line in the series, the Deluxe does offer quite a bit more than the Pro. What comes bundled with this particular model is a USB 3.0 front drive bay panel, 16+2 phase power, dual Gigabit LAN ports and an ASUS exclusive Dual Intelligent Processor II (Digi+ VRM controller) to ensure more than enough power gets delivered to the CPU when needed.

Introduction to the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe

The very first Cougar Point-based motherboard we reviewed here at Pro-Clockers was the ASUS P8P67 Pro. A solid board that offered a decent amount of extra features but still at an affordable price, and we have to say that it also overclocked very well. Even the base model P8P67 did well in the overclocking department, which ASUS released all at the same time as a few other motherboards based on the P67 and H67 chipsets.

One of those models was the P8P67 Deluxe, which sits above the Pro and base models in the P67 line from ASUS. Still not the top of the line in the series, the Deluxe does offer quite a bit more than the Pro. What comes bundled with this particular model is a USB 3.0 front drive bay panel, 16+2 phase power, dual Gigabit LAN ports and an ASUS exclusive Dual Intelligent Processor II (Digi+ VRM controller) to ensure more than enough power gets delivered to the CPU when needed.

That leaves us with the question: "Is all the Deluxe worth the extra $50 you will have to pay to own over the Pro?" With ASUS’ reputation being as it is we are sure this premium is justified, but we will put it through our benchmark course just to make sure.


Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1155 for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/
Support Intel® 32nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® P67(B3) Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* According to Intel® SPEC, the Max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market.
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.
* Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.
* Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 [Black] (at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1 and x4 devices)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage

Intel® P67(B3) Express Chipset
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
4 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell® PCIe 9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller with HyperDuo function* 2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue)
JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller*
2 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (1 x Power eSATA)
* These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

LAN

Dual Gigabit LAN controllers- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
Intel® 82579 Gigabit LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
ASUS BT GO! Utility

Audio

Realtek® ALC889 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

IEEE 1394

VIA® 6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

NEC USB 3.0 controllers
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board for front panel support, 2 ports at back panel [blue])
Intel® P67(B3) Express Chipset
- 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM:
ASUS EPU
- EPU, EPU switch
ASUS TPU
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch
ASUS Digital Power Design
- Industry leading Digital 16+2 Phase Power Design
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
ASUS BT GO! (Bluetooth)
- Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net, Music Player, Personal Manager, BT Turbo Remote
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- AI Charger
- Anti Surge
- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Tuner
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM

Overclocking Features

Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment
- vCCIO: Adjustable I/O voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vCCSA: 144-step system agent voltage control
- vDRAM Bus: 160-step Memory voltage control
- vPCH: 90-step Chipset voltage control
- vCPU_PLL: 160-step CPU & PCH PLL voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
1 x Bluetooth module
2 x External SATA (1 x Power eSATA)
1 x IEEE 1394a
2 x LAN(RJ45) port(s) (1 x Intel® LAN)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 (blue)
8 x USB 2.0/1.1
2 x S/PDIF Out (1 for Coaxial, 1 for Optical)
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x Clr CMOS switch

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector(s) supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector(s) support additional 4 USB ports
1 x MemOK! Button
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (2 x gray; 2 x navy blue)
4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4-pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)
2 x Power Fan connector(s) (2 x 3-pin)
1 x TPU switch
1 x EPU switch
1 x Power-on switch
1 x Reset switch
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
24-pin EATX Power connector
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
Front panel audio connector
System Panel (Q-Connector)

BIOS

32 Mb Flash ROM , EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability

WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE

Accessories

User's manual
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s cables
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s cables
2 in 1 Q-connector
ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS Front Panel USB 3.0 Box
1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector

Support Disc

Drivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Features

  • Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM
  • BT GO! (Bluetooth) - Diverse BT Enjoyment, New Technology Lifestyle
  • ASUS Front Panel USB 3.0 Box - Convenient USB 3.0 Front Panel Compatibility
  • Quad USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s Support - Double Access, Double Convenience
  • Intel® LAN Support - Faster Transfer Speed

Closer look

Aesthetically, the P8P67 deluxe has one of the best layouts we have seen as of late. The mixture of ASUS' classic blues and grays gives the board a pleasant look about it. All the connections and slots are also in prime locations where they should not interfere with any installed expansion cards. Nor are the VRM heatsinks too large where they might prevent mounting an enthusiast-sized CPU cooler.

Lets start the Deluxe review at the CPU socket which supports all the second generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. It should be known by now that all these new processors do have video integrated into them, but is a feature not accessible with this motherboard and is only useful with the H67 chipset like with the ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe we will soon be reviewing. The socket is surrounded by several heatsinks, and the two for the 16 CPU MOSFETs being linked via heatpipe These sinks are not as tall as many would think. We test fitted our usual coolers, the Scythe Yasya and Cogage Arrow, and had no issues with either.

The memory slots are color coded blue|gray to indicate the dual channels. The Deluxe officially supports Sandy Bridge's native DDR3 speeds up to 1333MHz, but through overclocking that support goes up to 2133MHz. Near the outer edge of the motherboard ASUS integrated a few more features into the motherboard which would include the MemOK button and TPU switch. The MemOK you may recall helps the system to boot if there are any issues due to memory. The TPU function allows for user friendly optimization of the system with just a flick of the switch. To the left of the DIMMs is the NEC USB3 chip and header for the front bay panel.

The Deluxe has a total of three full length PCIe slots, but only the first one runs at the full x16 bandwidth when only one GPU is being used. If a card is added to the second slot (light blue) then the bandwidth drops to x8 on both, so it is recommended to use either of the two x1 slots for anything non-graphics related. The third full length PCIe slot operates at only x4. The Deluxe does support SLI and Crossfire GPU coupling.  There are two standard PCI slots which are controlled by an Asmedia ASM1083 bridge controller, as the Sandy Bridge platform doesn’t support legacy PCI.

The PCH on the Deluxe controls the four light blue SATA II ports and the two light blue SATA III ports. The two dark blue SATA III ports are based on a Marvel 88SE9128 controller. We all know that the Sandy Bridge platform is allocated only so many PCIe lanes, but due to the PLX controller the board can handle additional SATA ports and USB 3.0 devices at the same time, without sacrificing performance in any area.

Along the bottom edge, underneath the bottom PCIe slot, is even more features that round out the abundance of which the Deluxe has. The first would be the EPU switch that allows the board to take advantage of the energy saving aspects, such as disabling CPU cores when not needed or lowering the voltage to devices when not needed. Next to that would be the power/reset buttons, an LED diagnostic display sits to the right, with two fan headers in between.

List of rear panel connections:

  • PS/2 combo port
  • Bluetooth module
  • 10x USB ports (8x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0)
  • 2x eSATA (green is powered)
  • 2x LAN port (Intel and Marvel)
  • 1x IEEE 1394 FireWire
  • 2x S/PDIF out (coax and optical)
  • 8-channel audio
  • Clear CMOS button

BIOS

 


More Key Features

DIGI+ VRM

Intel processors require power in order to operate stable, this is implemented into their VRD12 specification. However, when it comes to overclocking the need for more power is greatly increased. With the ASUS DIGI+ VRM that power is safely delivered automatically, or adjusted manually via operator input. This is done through an onboard digital microcontroller that configures the 16+2 power phases, such as their switching frequency.

EPU

The EPU feature can be turned on/off with a switch on the motherboard or through the AI Suite software. This feature will turn your system into an energy saving device. As the system load lowers so does the overall power requirements of each device, and by reducing power to most of the components in the system the heat output is also lowered, thus less noise.

BT GO!

The built in Bluetooth module will allow the user to do various operations with the system. Transferring and connecting to digital media may be the most common usages, but with the addition of a Bluetooth enable phone the user can even control the PC.

Front Panel USB 3.0 Box

For those that love their older cases and don’t plan on replacing them will like the face the Deluxe offers. Banking on the likely unused 3.5" floppy bay, the Deluxe comes with a front panel USB 3.0 box. This also connects directly to the motherboard through a header and not to any of the rear I/O ports.

 

Dual Gigabit LAN

The Deluxe features dual LAN ports, with one being Intel based and the other Marvell, both of which are Gigabit. The Intel port was added to the motherboard for its better latency aspects and better power consumption. Both of the ports can utilize Teaming if paired together for even faster transfer speeds!

TurboV EVO

One feature that cannot be forgotten is TurboV. Being one of the most advanced Windows-based overclocking applications, the user has all the needed options at their finger tips. Plus, if you don't feel up to overclocking the system yourself, there is always TPU option for a pre-configured performance boost.

 

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 1333 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Scythe Yasya
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5


Overclocking the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe

The Deluxe overclocked like a deluxe motherboard should! With the same 1.45  volts that we gave the Sabertooth last week, the highest overclock we achieved was an amazing 4945MHz. Why not the typical round number? That would be due to the Deluxe automatically overclocking the BCLK as well. The extra 3MHz here is a big plus we all know it is hard to increase the BCLK setting with Sandy Bridge, so this net us an additional 144MHz.


Conclusion

The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe is slightly ahead of the Pro model we reviewed way back in January, during the launch of the Sandy Bridge and Cougar Point chipset. On the surface you may be thinking all that with the Deluxe, all you are getting extra over the Pro is the added SuperSpeed front panel and a few more power phases. There is slightly better cooling on the Deluxe, enhanced EPU power saving and HyperDuo which will combine a SSD and mechanical HDD into a Hybrid (effectively making the SDD a high-performance cache drive).

ASUS also put all of their usual features that are generally reserved for their higher end motherboards. The Q-series of features like Q-Shield, Q-Connector, Q-Slot and Q-DIMM. All of these features make for a safer, but quicker build. Our favorite has to be the Q-DIMM as with this feature you don’t have to worry about bumping into with the video card when installing or removing your RAM modules.

Overclocking is made just as easy with the Deluxe as the rest of ASUS' boards thanks to the TurboEVO applications. This hand app can do it all for you and in a much shorter time. We spent a fair share of time in the BIOS overclocking the board, but utlimately found out the application got us basically same performance numbers and clocks, just without all the hassle.

And speaking of software applications the ASUS AI Suite has to be one of the most useful out there. You have control of fan speeds, sensor readouts, as well as all the settings needed to overclock.

The Deluxe is no turtle when it comes to performance and random benchmark tests; for $240 it best not be. At $240 the Deluxe is priced at the upper range for P67 motherboards. Is the few extra dollars over the Pro worth it? Maybe. To each their own when considering the system's roll! But it's an excellent board if you do make the plunge.

 

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