|Intel DP67BG P67-Express Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 02 January 2011|
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Closer Look: Intel DP67BG
The DP67BG motherboard, code-named "Burrage", is a standard ATX-sized motherboard with a conventional layout. Our review sample was received without its retail packaging, documentation, or accessory bundle (which according to Intel should include a back plate, UV SATA cables, board and back panel layout stickers, a Bluetooth/WiFi module, an NVIDIA SLI connector, documentation, and a driver CD), so I was limited to Intel's technically-brief press materials and what I could determine myself.
I was impressed by the slot layout of the board, a place where many other boards fall down. You can use two double-width video cards and still have one PCI slot and two PCIe x1 slots available. If you have only one graphics card, it'll get the full x16 bandwidth; if you use two cards, each will get x8. The small heatsinks on the power circuitry around the LGA1155 socket mean you won't have a problem with large CPU coolers, although large coolers may impinge on the first RAM slot. Thankfully, the CPU cooler mounting holes for Socket 1155 are the same as those for Socket 1156.
The battery is located conveniently near the front of the board. Separate power and reset buttons cater to those who run the board in an open chassis, and the integrated beeper and POST code display are directly above the buttons. The front fan header is one of four on the board, all molded in bright red plastic and PWM-capable, so you can adjust your fan speeds in the BIOS.
Six latching SATA ports, two of which are blue SATA 6Gb/s ports, are located at the front edge of the board. This should be an adequate number although competing boards typically have seven or eight SATA ports.
At the lower left of the board, near the SATA ports, is a silk-screened skull. Its LED eyes flash red with drive activity, and the area behind the skull on the back side of the motherboard sports blue LEDs for a backlighting effect, which you can see glowing from the edge of the motherboard in this image. Both of these features can be disabled in the BIOS. Just to the right of the skull are two white headers for the transmit and receive connectors for the Consumer Infrared (CIR) system.
While the Intel DP67BG motherboard cooling system doesn't use the elaborate heat-pipe solutions seen in other motherboards, the P67 chipset does have its own finned aluminum heat sink. A blue LED glows from the edges of this heat sink when the board is powered on.