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Written by David Ramsey   
Sunday, 02 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DP67BG P67-Express Motherboard
The Intel P67 Express Chipset
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Intel DP67BG
Intel Burrage Detailed Features
Intel P67 Motherboard BIOS
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark Vantage Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
PassMark PerformanceTest
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The Intel P67 Express Chipset

The Intel P67 Express chipset is the top-performing desktop version of a new range of "Cougar Point" mobile and desktop chipsets (10 in all). It's an evolutionary development of the P55 chipset, as this architecture diagram shows:

intel_dp67bg_motherboard_p67_architecture.jpg

If this diagram looks familiar, it's probably because it's pretty much identical to all the P55 architecture diagrams you saw when the P55 chipset was introduced last year. In fact, there seem to be only three differences between the P55 and P67 chipsets:

  • Sandy Bridge processor support
  • 8 PCIe 2.0 lanes instead of 8 PCIe 1.0 lanes
  • Two integrated SATA 6Gb/s ports (oddly not called out in the architecture diagram)

That's it as far as the functional changes go. For enthusiasts, the most significant feature is that the chipset PCIe lanes are now full 2.0 lanes with 5 Gb/s bandwidth instead of the older 1.0 lanes which were limited to 2.5Gb/s. Since PCIe lanes are used to support other subsystems than just the graphics card slots (USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, for example), having more, faster lanes is always better, especially if you plan to run other PCIe cards like RAID or sound cards (see our review of the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO motherboard for the difference PCIe 2.0 lanes can make in USB 3.0 performance). Combined with the 16 PCIe lanes on a Sandy Bridge processor, a Cougar Point-based system has a total of 24 PCIe lanes, which is far short of the 40 provided by an X58 system or the 42 on an AMD 890FX system. Enthusiasts should think carefully about their current and future system configurations and determine if the available PCIe lanes on a P67 system will be sufficient.

The P67 Express chipset is one of four total desktop Cougar Point chipsets, the other three being the Q67, B65, and H67. The main difference between the P67 and the other desktop chipsets is that the others support the integrated video feature of Sandy Bridge CPUs, and add associated features such as content protection and on-chip 3D support. According to Intel, the P67 Express chipset is the only one that support processor core overclocking, so it's definitely the one you'll want to get.

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture replaces the aging Nehalem series introduced back on 3 November 2008 for the X58-Express platform, and extended to the P55 platform some months later. Housing a new LGA1155 socket, Intel P67-series motherboards are compatible with the following Sandy Bridge processors:

Processor

Cores/Threads

L3 Cache

Base Frequency

Max Turbo
(Single Core)

Intel HD Graphics Frequency
Max / Turbo

TDP

Intel Core i7 2600K

4 / 8

8 MB

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

850 / 1350 MHz

95W

Intel Core i7 2600

4 / 8

8 MB

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

850 / 1350 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2500K

4 / 4

6 MB

3.3 GHz

3.7 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2500

4 / 4

6 MB

3.3 GHz

3.7 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2400

4 / 4

6 MB

3.1 GHz

3.4 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i3 2120

2 / 4

3 MB

3.3 GHz

-

850 / 1100 MHz

65W

Intel Core i3 2100

2 / 4

3 MB

3.1 GHz

-

850 / 1100 MHz

65W

Fortunately, Intel did not change the CPU cooler mounting holes for the new Socket 1155; existing 1156 coolers will work fine.



 

Comments 

 
# Nice reviewAngelo 2011-01-13 21:35
A nice effort by Intel. I will be considering this board once the BIOS matures and higher overclocks can be achieved....
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# Intel DP67BG layoutgangsta072 2011-04-09 08:12
The board has a great layout , on of the best of all p55 / p67 Boards
BUT for this one i suggest a tower WITHOUT a side window ; unless you
want to get eye cancer from looking at that thing...
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# EPIC BOARD!Blake 2011-08-11 18:51
looks amazing unbelievable performance for the price!

I got mine for 179.99 at micro center with a core i5 2500k overclocked to 4.7 with the corsair h60!

GREAT BOARD!
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# Good ReviewALFn8tr 2011-12-04 20:52
Hopin for the best with this board, just ordered it and a i7 2700k from Intel RetailEdge for only $238, for board and cpu :)
Fingers crossed
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# RE: Good ReviewDavid Ramsey 2011-12-04 20:57
Nice price for those in the industry...
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# RE: Intel DP67BG P67-Express MotherboardAbhimonnu Biswas 2012-05-23 00:25
21/5/2012 i purchase thise board its amazing but i did not assemble yet
because i has to to purchase cabinate,ram,cpu,gra phics card,harddisk e.t.c i can't wait to complete my computer to assemble i heard that the skull glow i want to purchase two nvidia gtx 570 graphics card to connect sli bridge but my dad gonna kill me for high budget i hope single will work for me i want to mount crosair cpu cooler but my dad shouting on me you know tha matter of money i wish you guys can get
i'm really a game lover that nividia gtx 570 is awsome
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