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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 03 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
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Motherboard Testing Methodology

The Intel "Cougar Point" P67 Express chipset and its Sandy Bridge processors are new on the scene, and eventually will replace the older P55 chipset. However, Intel promises much greater levels of performance from their new platform. For comparison with the Intel DP67BG motherboard, I used an AMD 890FX-based system with an AMD 1100T six-core CPU, an X58-based system with an Intel Core i7-950 processor (whose price is a rough match for the Core i7-2600K CPU used on the P67 systems), and two additional P67 motherboards from ASUS, the P8P67 and P8P67 EVO.

Intel released a new BIOS for the DP67BG motherboard as I was partway through testing, but despite numerous attemps I was unable to flash the board to the new BIOS— the Windows-based update utility would report "Success" every time without actually updating the BIOS, and attempting to use the flash utility in the existing BIOS merely rebooted the motherboard, then shut it down after a few seconds.

I was fortunate enough to have the fastest Sandy Bridge processor, the 3.4GHz, fully unlocked, Core i7-2600K, for use in the P67 motherboards. For each P67 motherboard, I tested at both stock settings as well as the highest overclock I could achieve. Overclocking a Cougar Point/Sandy Bridge system is different from what you're used to, as I'll detail in the "Overclocking" section after the test results. I tried for the maximum overclock I could achieve with all four processor cores running under load; the results for each P67 motherboard are summarized in this chart.

Maximum Overclocks
Motherboard Base Clock Multiplier CPU Speed
Intel DP67BG 101Mhz 41 4131Mhz
ASUS P8P67 102Mhz 46 4692Mhz
ASUS P8P67 EVO 103Mhz 46 4738Mhz

The labelling of the results in the charts may be slightly confusing: the first two columns are the 890FX/AMD 1100T and the X58/Intel Core i7-950 platforms; the next six columns are all the Intel Core i7-2600K processor, at stock and overclocked speeds in the Intel DP67BG, ASUS P8P67, and ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboards, respectively.

Intel P67 Test Platforms

  • Motherboard: Intel DP67BG with BIOS 1596
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 with BIOS 0905
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 EVO with BIOS 0905
  • Processor: 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Intel Core i7-2600K (MSRP $317.00)
  • System Memory: Corsair TRX3X6G1600C8D (4GB 1333MHz CL8-8-8-24)
  • Primary Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 500G 7200RPM
  • Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GTX280 (Forceware 260.99)
  • CPU cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT

Intel X58 Test Platform

  • Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme (Intel X58/ICH10R) with BIOS 1802 ($359.99)
  • Processor: 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield/Nehalem BX80601950 ($289.99)
  • System Memory: Corsair TRX3X6G1600C8D (6GB 1333MHz CL8-8-8-24)
  • Primary Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 500G 7200RPM
  • Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GTX280 (Forceware 260.99)

AMD 890FX Test Platform

  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula ROG (AMD 890FX/SB850/JMB363) with BIOS 1102
  • Processor: 3.3GHZ AMD Phenom II X6 1100T HDE00ZFBR ($269.99)
  • System Memory: Corsair TRX3X6G1600C8D (4GB 1333MHz CL8-8-8-24)
  • Primary Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 500G 7200RPM
  • Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GTX280 (Forceware 260.99)

Benchmark Applications

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.1
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage v1.0.2.0 64-Bit
    • TV and Movies
    • Gaming
    • Music
  • Maxon CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit
  • Street Fighter IV benchmark
  • PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0b1019
  • x264Bench HD 3.0
  • SPECviewperf-11:
    • Lightwave 9.6
    • Autodesk Maya 2009
    • Siemens Teamcenter Visualization Mockup
  • SPECapc LightWave 3D v9.6
  • Handbrake 0.94 video transcoding



# 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!

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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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