ASUS P8P67 Socket 1155 Motherboard

Posted by on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 7:14am

asus p8p67The new P8P67 is the ideal motherboard for someone looking to bring new technology into their homes, without having to mortgage it in the process. The P8P67 is built around the new P67 chipset, designed for the Sandy Bridge processors, and offer some of the same features as the P8P67 Pro (whose review you can find here). Equipped with four DIMM slots, ability to run Crossfire and RAID, the P8P67 certainly is a nice motherboard to build a system around. Lets take a look at it in detail.

Introduction to the ASUS P8P67

With the coming of Intel's Sandy Bridge, it is now time to upgrade that aging PC that has been faithfully serving you for years. For some, upgrading is not something that is done every time a new generation of technology is introduced. For some it is not needed, but for others it is a budget which prevents us from that much needed upgraded.

If the latter is your reasoning for not upgrading, then we have a low priced motherboard that will fit right into your budget. ASUS is known worldwide for continuous efforts of bringing new technology to the table and putting it into each of their motherboards. Some boards like the Sabertooth, Maximus, and other ROG products get all the bells and whistles, but these are boards that not all of us need.

The new P8P67 is the ideal motherboard for someone looking to bring new technology into their homes, without having to mortgage it in the process. The P8P67 is built around the new P67 chipset, designed for the Sandy Bridge processors, and offer some of the same features as the P8P67 Pro (whose review you can find here). Equipped with four DIMM slots, ability to run Crossfire and RAID, the P8P67 certainly is a nice motherboard to build a system around. Lets take a look at it in detail.


Specifications

CPU

LGA1155 socket for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/ Core™ i3 Processors

Supports 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 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, max. 32GB*, DDR3 2200(O.C.)**/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* 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.

** Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.

*** 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.

**** Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lists).

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (single at x16)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot* (max. at x4 mode [Black])

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

3 x PCI slots

*The PCIEX16_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_1 slot, PCIEX1_2 slot and USB3_34 connector. The PCIEX16_2 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization.

Multi-GPU support

Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage

Intel® P67 Express Chipset

 - 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)

 - 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)

 - Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports  RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10

Marvell® PCIe 9120 SATA 6Gb/s controller

 - 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue)

* These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

LAN

Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller

BlueTooth

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

ASUS BT GO! Utility

Audio

Realtek® ALC892 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

 - Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

IEEE 1394

VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

2 x NEC USB 3.0 controllers

 - 2 x USB 3.0 ports at mid-board for front panel support

 - 2 x USB 3.0 ports at back panel (blue)

Intel® P67 Express Chipset

 - 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors II:

ASUS EPU

 - EPU, EPU switch

ASUS TPU

 - Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch

ASUS Digital Power Design

 - Industry leading Digital 12+2 Phase Power Design

 - ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility

ASUS BT GO!

 - 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: Stylish Heat-sink solution

 - ASUS Fan Xpert

ASUS EZ DIY

 - ASUS Q-Connector

 - ASUS O.C. Tuner

 - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

 - ASUS EZ Flash 2

ASUS Q-Design

ASUS Q-LED (DRAM LED)

ASUS Q-Slot

ASUS Q-DIMM

ASUS Exclusive 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 (Purple)

1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)

1 x Optical S/PDIF Output port

1 x Bluetooth module

1 x IEEE1394a

1 x RJ45 ports

2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

8-channel Audio I/O ports

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0/1/1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports

4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors ( 2 x gray; 2 x navy blue)

4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)

1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)

2 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)

1 x Power Fan connectors (3-pin)

1 x IEEE1394a connector

1 x COM connector

Front panel audio connector

1 x S/PDIF Out Header

24-pin EATX Power connector

8-pin EATX 12V Power connector

System Panel(Q-Connector)

1 x MemOK! Button

1 x EPU switch

1 x TPU switch

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

1 x 2-port USB and eSATA module

2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables

2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables

2 in 1 Q-connector

User's manual

Support DVD

Drivers

ASUS Utilities

ASUS Update

Anti-virus software (OEM version)

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)


Closer look

The Sandy Bridge core is nearly upon us, but it is not just for the enthusiasts that want something new to play with. Being Intel's new mainstream processor, this new technology is intended for all, done by replacing the 1156 socket with the LGA 1155. Sandy Bridge will consist of two sub-chipsets: the P67 and H67. Both are very similar and are only separated by onboard graphic ports, as all the current Sandy Bridge processors have integrated graphics.

The P8P67 shares the same blue, white and gray color scheme as the rest of the ASUS P/H67 line of mainstream motherboards, save for the Sabertooth and Maximus lines that is. The P8P67 uses the standard ATX form factor so the end user will have access to seven expansion slots, unlike the microATX form factor which only offers four.

The P8P67 comes with two full length PCIe x16 slots, with only one operating at x16 which is the dark blue slot closest to the CPU socket. The black slot (nestled between the light blue legacy PCI slots) stands at x4, but also shares bandwidth with the two x1 slots, as well as the USB 3.0 headers; however, according to ASUS the black x16 slot is defaulted to x1 in order to provide the second USB3 controller optimal bandwidth. If you do decide to run a Crossfire with this motherboard, then the second full-length slot can be assigned all four remaining PCIe lanes (to run @ x4) in the BIOS to try and get the most out of the second GPU used. SLI however is not supported on this model though.

Like the LGA1156 socket processors, the LGA1155 also are equipped with an integrated memory controller, or IMC. This integrated controller supports up to 1333MHz dual channel DDR3, as apposed to the primarily 1066MHz of it's predecessors. This is not the limits of the motherboard though since it supports up to 2200MHz OC’ed. There are a total of four DIMM slots for support for a total of 32GB of ram. You will find the MEMok and EPU switches sitting in the corner of the motherboard near the DIMM slots.

The P67 chipset naturally has improvements over the previous P55 with its native support for two SATA III (6Gb/s) ports, but USB 3.0 is still done through an extra additional NEC controller IC. There are a total of four SATA III and four SATA II ports on this particular motherboard, and to cure any confusion the second set of SATA III ports are provided via a Marvel 9120 controller. The SATA III ports controlled by the Marvel chip does not support optical drives just data hard drives. No IDE or floppy drive controllers are present on this motherboard. As it is on the Pro model, the dark blue and white ports are the SATA III, with the remaining four light blue being for SATA II.

The back panel consists of two PS/2 ports, TOS-Link (optical) for digitial audio, six USB2 ports, with a single FireWire (1394a). The two USB3 in their standard blue color are easy to pick out by now, which one Gigabit LAN sits above them. Finally we come to the six analog 3.5mm (1/8") audio jacks for up to 7.1 channel audio, which they and the optical port are all provided by a Realtek ALC890 audio CODEC. NEC is the chip behind the USB3 ports, both here and the internal header (though VIA finally has came out with one support 4 devices per chip, so we should see them soon). The Gigabit LAN port is provided by another Realtek controller, model  8111E. If you are wondering about that shiny blue port that was left out, well like on the Pro model of this motherboard ASUS has also included a Bluetooth module for BT GO features.

 


BIOS

*The BIOS and Key Features of the ASUS P8P67 are identical to those of the Pro model, so we will simply duplicate that same information here in this review.

Besides the support for a brand new chipset, one of the most interesting things about this motherboard is the BIOS. The term "new and improved" has never had a better example than this. The EFI BIOS for the P8P6  features a full-blown, mouse capable GUI. No longer do you have to toggle through the BIOS using various keyboard keys, now we can finally use the mouse to quickly move through all the options.

Using the mouse in the BIOS took some getting used to, but not for the reason you'd think. It is because my mouse is set at 1600 DPI for daily Windows use, but in the BIOS it seems to move much faster. Granted this is no big deal since the fact that you can even use the mouse in the BIOS is great. [Editor's Note: Most of you with one will likely already know, but just about all of the higher end and gaming mice have the ability to change their DPI at any time. For my older Razer Copperhead there is a small button on the underside you press to change it's rating, which the mouse lights flash to indicate what level you're at, 1 for lowest and 5 for highest. Again this is just my mouse and can easily change between models, but will obviously be different for other manufacturers!]


EZ Mode - Provides useful information about the system like temperature, voltages and fan speed. You can even choose drive to boot from.


Under Advanced you can enable/disable the features of the CPU.


Under the Monitor tab you can keep a watchful eye on the voltages and temps of the system, which is helpful since this is also where you configure the Q-Fan speeds and profiles.

Main AI Tweaker page for primary tweaks and to enter sub-menus,

AI Tweaker - DRAM Timing sub-menu...


Through the AI Tweaker you have access to many of the options that you will need in order to overclock your CPU and memory. All motherboard tweaking, DIMM timing and CPU power functions are accessible from here.


Key Features

12+2 Phase DIGI+ VRM

12 phases for CPU with 2 dedicated phases for the memory controller. ASUS combines digital and analog VRM into one, allowing for much quicker switching, while also being extremely accurate. With the lack of power loss means everything is running more efficient and there is less heat produced under load.

EPU

With everyone worried about electricity costs, many motherboard manufacturers have adopted some type of option to allow the motherboard to run on less power. ASUS has also done this through the EPU. The option is accessible via the BIOS or through a switch that placed on the motherboard. This feature stably downclocks the system when less processing power is required and also cuts out the unneeded phases, all together decreasing the amount of wattage consumed by the system.

TPU

One of the major reasons for buying a motherboard like the P8P67 Pro is for its overclocking features. With the TPU micro-processor higher overclocks are easier to achieve simply using the TurboV application within the AI Suite, or through an onboard controller. Once the process begins the system will be overclocked to a fast and stable speed that is not from a predetermined value. Each time the process begins it is a unique conclusion.

ASUS BT GO!

Those that are fond of their portable devices will love this new feature from ASUS. Enabling the Bluetooth on your portable opens up a world of adventure with an ASUS compatible motherboard. Through this feature you can now get your portable device online, transfer files from one device to another and sync folders with an external hard drive (with one touch backup function). One feature of the BT GO we think many will like is the music player. With this player you can play all your music from your portable device and output the audio to your PC speakers.

 


Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 4GB Dual Channel @ DDR3-1333 (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

After tinkering around with the ASUS P8P67 Pro for a good while, we were able to get fairly familiar with the UEFI interface, so when it came to the base P8P67 we had a fair idea where to start. For the overclocking process we decided to up the CPU voltage to 1.4v right away, but before we started the Turbo multiplier increasing we made sure to disable the C1E support options. Ram voltage was dialed in from the default 1.5v to 1.65v, just for stability reasons. Lastly, we started the fiddling with the Turbo multiplier. We ended at x47, just as we did with the Pro. The only difference we found between the two was the Pro was more BCLK friendly as it did 103MHz, the P8P67 locked in at it's default 100MHz for a max of 4.7GHz.


Testing

When we tested the ASUS P8P67 Pro we did it with Speedstep enabled to show you that option's potential, as well as give an idea of what the motherboard could offer. With that done and out of the way we retested the motherboard with the option disabled in order to provide a fair comparison between the it, and other future P67 motherboards we test. With that being said, when it came time to test the standard P8P67 board we applied the same rules.

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CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

 


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Conclusion

The ASUS P8P67 offers a lot of the extra that you will not see in other motherboards in the same price range. The added options like Bluetooth, UEFI BIOS and the amazing automatic overclocking features are all something that is not often needed in a motherboard ,but definitely a welcomed addition that you will find yourself playing with as time goes on.

If you are not one for automatic overclocking features then you will be happy to know that overclocking the motherboard through the BIOS resulted in some great results. We were able to hit 4.7GHz with an Engineering Sample 2500K. The yield of the retail version of this processor may have a different result but the board is definitely capable of some outstanding results.

The P8P67 goes for $150 at most internet retailers. Putting it in a decent price range for new technology.

 

 

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