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Written by Olin Coles and David Ramsey   
Sunday, 02 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P8P67 EVO Sandy Bridge Motherboard
The Intel P67 Express Chipset
Closer Look: ASUS P8P67 EVO
ASUS P8P67 EVO Details
ASUS UEFI BIOS
ASUS P8P67 EVO Overclocking
ASUS P8P67 EVO 1.0 Specifications
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
ASUS P8P67 EVO Conclusion

Closer Look: ASUS P8P67 EVO

Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture further extends Moore's Law by packing more transistors into a smaller space. This allows for improvements to the micro-operations cache that enables better efficiency and greater power savings. In benchmarks this adds up to a significant increase over previous architectures, but in terms of real-world performance the average user won't see a dramatic difference in their daily computing experience. Intel's 'K' series processors will offer a completely-unlocked product for overclocking enthusiasts, while the others can still manipulate the maximum Turbo Boost delivered to one CPU core.

ASUS has developed their P8P67 series motherboards for mainstream enthusiasts, and delivers the familiar black printed circuit board (PCB) and blue hardware components to create an attitude that says "I'm built to work hard, and play even harder". Benchmark Reviews has tested more than a few motherboards in our time, and ASUS has repeatedly proven itself as the premier name in new technology and hardware stability. While our benchmark tests will prove this point later in this article, this section will cover basic motherboard features and component details.

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Because Intel's Sandy Bridge is a refinement in CPU design more than anything else, there's a lot of work to be done in order for consumers to feel excitement about the new platform. This is where Intel's partner manufacturers come into play, and deliver several more obvious enhancements to through their own motherboard innovations. Intel has already added native SATA 6Gb/s storage ports (exactly two), but that's where the changes begin and end for their P67-Express platform. ASUS comes to the game ready to play, and adds several more leading edge features to their motherboard product lineup.

Like many past Intel motherboards, the P67-Express chipset uses dual-channel memory. There are four DIMM slots available for non-ECC unbuffered DDR3 memory on the ASUS P8P67 motherboard series, capable of up to 32GB of system memory (8GM DDR3 modules). 1600 MHz is the fastest standard base frequency supported, but if overclocked settings are configured this motherboard can handle 2400MHz DDR3. Since 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems allow only 4GB maximum memory mapping space (anything more is ignored), 32GB of available system memory could certainly add momentum to 64-bit computing support, which is already enjoying a fast adoption rate thanks to Microsoft Windows 7.

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Intel P67-Express motherboards fit socket LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs and no other, but they continue to fit socket LGA1156 cooling solutions. This comes as a welcome 'feature' to the new platform, since the aftermarket cooling segment has suffered badly from production costs for retooling their heatsinks for the rapid transition from LGA775, to LGA1366, and then LGA1156. Many heatsink manufacturers have designed mounting adapters to fit older (LGA775 era) CPU coolers onto the newer LGA1156/LGA1155 socket. If Sandy Bridge was a hot-blooded processor this might be a problem, but thankfully the new CPUs actually run considerably cooler. For hardcore (extreme) overclockers, it's still advisable to choose a heatsinks listed near the top of our Best CPU Cooler Performance comparisons.

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The rear Input/Output panel (I/O panel) pictured below is a very busy place for the P8P67 motherboard series. Color-coded PS/2 ports are available for older keyboard and mouse peripherals (or for backwards compatibility when the UEFI won't recognize wireless USB devices) - the purple port fits a PS/2 keyboard and the green port fits a mouse. Resting above several red ports is the proprietary ASUS BT GO! Bluetooth 2.1 receiver. This small blue receiver just barely protrudes out past the USB ports enough to be noticed (see it pictured above), and enables ASUS BT Turbo remote software and BT-to-Net functionality for connecting Bluetooth enabled portable devices.

There is ample USB support on the ASUS P8P67 series of motherboards, although the color scheme may confuse some unfamiliar end-users. Intel's P67-Express chip provides six Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports on the back I/O panel: two are colored red, and the remaining four are black. There are also two SuperSpeed USB-3.0 ports colored blue, made possible by the NEC-D720200F1 controller chip (µPD720200).

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The VIA Technologies VT6308P controller powers two IEEE-1394a Firewire ports, one at the back I/O and another located at the bottom of the motherboard. ASUS offers two different external SATA (eSATA) ports on their P8P67 series of motherboards: one is standard eSATA (red), and the other is a Power eSATA solution (green). Power eSATA requires a specially designed signal cable to provide 5 volts of power to the external SATA device; this signal cable is not included with the ASUS kits and must be purchased separately.

Stacked atop the black USB 2.0 ports is a Realtek 8110SC Gigabit network controller, while the Intel 82579 Gigabit LAN controller is packaged above the blue USB 3.0 ports. Both NIC's are 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) network appliances. The Intel NIC is recommended for single-LAN connections, yet offers dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controllers and Physical Layer. Hidden between the USB 3.0 ports and a cluster of analog audio jacks is a small black button. This is the Clear CMOS switch, a handy tool that offers users the ability to clear CMOS settings and restart with defaults.

Audio support on the ASUS P8P67 EVO utilizes a Realtek ALC892 chip, which offers eight channel 7.1 High-Definition sound. This particular audio chipset may be integrated into the motherboard, but with a featured 106 dB Signal-to-Noise ratio over eight channels it's anything but low-end. The coaxial and optical S/PDIF out ports deliver eight digital audio channels to PC audiophiles, also delivering DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC support and Blu-ray Disc audio layer Content Protection. Realtek's ALC892 chip also supports audio-jack detection, multi-streaming, and front panel jack-retasking. Six analog-out audio jacks are available further down the panel, for backwards compatibility.



 

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# No base clock O/CBernardP 2011-01-06 11:44
Very Interesting review, mostly for what more it reveals about Sandy Bridge compromises. You are the first review I see that spells out clearly that base clock can't be overclocked on the K-series CPUs.

But does it matter? With all the clock management feature implemented by Intel, The CPU will almost always be downclocked, or, if under load, be in one state of Turbo or another.

It's hard to imagine a situation where all 4 cores would be running at their nominal base clock.

From previous info about SB, I was thinking that k-Series CPU would allow control over both the base clock and Turbo clocks.

I'm looking forward to see what AMD will do with base and turbo overclocking on Bulldozer.
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# Excellent WorkRobert 2011-01-08 12:03
Very complete and comprehensive work, thanks for this. It's surprising to me that the new SB CPUs seem to leave the X58/i7-9xx CPUs so far behind in most benchmarks. Given the relative pricing between the two, the SBs look like a great deal.

One small typo on page 8, in the X58 Test Platform info, the CPU is listed as: "Processor: 2.80GHz Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield/Nehalem BX80601950". The i7-950 is spec'd by Intel as 3.0GHz, while the i7-930 is 2.80GHz.
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# RE: Excellent WorkDavid Ramsey 2011-01-08 16:12
The wrong frequency for the 950 was my fault...thanks for pointing it out! It's been updated to the correct 3.06Ghz.
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# ASUS HyperDuo ?SVz 2011-01-10 04:16
ASUS HyperDuo ?
P8P67 EVO : Marvell® 9120 controller
P8P67 DELUXE : Marvell® PCIe 9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller with HyperDuo function.
Is there an error on HyperDuo Evo's feature ?
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# Strange Hyperduo ...SVz 2011-01-10 04:24
"Only Marvell 88SE9130 is currently supported. Future Marvell SATA controllers are expected to support HyperDuo
technology"
P8P67 DELUXE Marvell 9128 ...
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# Mr.David Glasgow 2012-12-26 15:45
Just would like to say I'm not happy that Asus have dropped all support updates for P8P67 EVO MOTHERBOARD I wanted to update my board to allow for Ivy-bridge but thats not happening any-time soon. If anyone can send me a link to I would be grateful.

I just wish to drop in a 3770K into the socket. more to the point.

I cannot find the update on the Asus website.. I have looked twice, plenty of old updates, with no new updates.! the only way is to buy a cheap Z77 Motherboard something like the ASUS Z77 LX-2 which is under 100 quid on Amazon UK. Be better off with a Z77 Board anyways. future proofing, for more i5 CPU's and i7 CPU's.
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# RE: Mr.David Ramsey 2012-12-26 15:55
You must not have looked very hard on the ASUS web site, as the P8P67 EVO's latest BIOS (version 3602, posted Nov. 28), supports all Ivy Bridge CPUs.

Go here: ##asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P67_EVO/#download

...click the "Download" tab, and then the "BIOS" link.
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# without the sarcasmDavid Glasgow 2012-12-26 16:30
To: David Ramsey, thanks for pointing out something I have overlooked, It would have been nicer without the sarcasm. don't you think, like its Xmas "You must not have looked very hard" thats the bit you could have left out shows your immaturity. Thanks all the same, David.!!
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# RE: without the sarcasmDavid Ramsey 2012-12-26 16:50
I wouldn't have been sarcastic had you not made a point of accusing ASUS of having "dropped all support" for a product they in fact continue to support. The P8P67 series has been out of production for over a year and ASUS updated the BIOS for it only last month. ASUS makes no money continuing to support a discontinued product; that they routinely do so is why they enjoy the reputation they have among enthusiasts. You need to be more careful when you make accusations like this.
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# Do you work for ASUS nope.!!David Glasgow 2012-12-26 16:55
FREEDOM OF SPEECH:, I live in the UK where we have certain liberties, like the freedom of speech, freedom to self expression, the rights to preserve ones point of view, so please don't hit me up, with crap, you don't even work for Asus, or you wouldn't even be on this thread. Even if you did work for Asus you would never speak to a customer (twice) in the way you have spoke to me, you sound more like a Sony Fanboy. "for crying out loud" its your whole attitude mate, it stinks of a 12yr old child, I'm quite good at sizing folks up too, so come at me again like a troll, I will just laugh you off...
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# RE: Do you work for ASUS nope.!!Olin Coles 2012-12-26 16:56
Okay, that's enough from both of you. Stay on-topic or don't comment at all.
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# Thank-you Olin, Merry XmasDavid Glasgow 2012-12-26 17:07
Thank-you Olin, Merry Xmas... for sorting the matter out I was never looking a Beef with no one, all of a sudden this guy, I don't even know nor doesn't even work for Asus, hits me up with "Hard Talk"... as if he was 'God and he happens to be above me', which is certainly not in the spirit of this forum, nor the spirit of Xmas... I consider the matter closed, Thanks Olin.
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# RE: Thank-you Olin, Merry XmasDavid Ramsey 2012-12-26 17:26
FWIW, I'm the co-author of the review you're commenting on. My name's at the top of every page of the review.
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# The Asus Z77 Pro BoardsDavid Glasgow 2012-12-26 17:27
Are the Asus Z77 Pro Boards or Deluxe Boards, faster than the Asus P8P67 EVO boards, I have the spare cash and my P67 Evo is close to 2 years old now, well not far away. I only ever Buy asus because of the clever headers for the front case panel. (Which is a nice less fiddly feature).

Not many other manufactures provide the PC front Panel case header Plugs inside the box that makes wiring up the Power, HD, LED, and USB very simple just saves about 20 mins of time messing around.

Thanks to all who contribute, many thanks in Advance... Dave.
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# RE: The Asus Z77 Pro BoardsDavid Ramsey 2012-12-26 17:45
I have tested ASUS P67, Z68, and Z77 motherboards. The processor performance is identical on all of them. However, you will see improvements in other areas: for example, the Intel native USB 3.0 performance on Z77 motherboards is typically better than the third party USB 3.0 performance on P68/Z68 motherboards (it depends to some extent on what USB transfer mode you're using).

Apropos of nothing, some of the newer MSI board also include front panel header blocks.
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# USB 3.0 performance on Z77David Glasgow 2012-12-26 21:34
I think because as you quite rightly say the Performance is better on the USB 3.0 and perhaps even USB 2.0 as well... if it also means better GPU Performance via PCI-E 3.0 which is far more bandwidth than I presently have - then I will upgrade to the Asus P8PZ77-V-Pro Board @ 140 which seems better value than the other more expensive boards. What's your opinion on the Deluxe Board Z77. I've had a look and its 30 more than the Pro, but cannot see where I would take advantage, as the Asus Z77 Pro has all I need including Extra USB 3.0 / an external plate that comes with the board. any-ways happy new year to you both. (for doing the editorial). Adios...
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# RE: USB 3.0 performance on Z77David Ramsey 2012-12-27 04:59
Honestly, the only reason to go for the Z77 boards over your existing P67 board is the extra features provided by the Z77 chipset and whatever fun stuff ASUS has added. The CPU and GPU performance will be identical.

Yeah, the newer motherboards have PCI-E 3.0, but since no graphics card comes close to saturating an x16 PCI-E 2.0 slot, the extra bandwidth doesn't buy you any better GPU performance.

Z77 gets you stuff like Intel Smart Response technology (SSD caching) and other things. Check out some of our Z77 reviews for the details. Again, though, if you're looking for better CPU and GPU performance, the only way to get that is to buy faster CPUs and GPUs.
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# Thanks for all yourb Help David & OlinDavid Glasgow 2012-12-27 06:20
David & Olin thanks for all your help I've decided to stick with my present ASUS EVO board and buy a 2700K drop it in while the Price has now dropped in the sales to 199.00 which is fantastic.on one website. I think also I will dig deep and go for the intel 330 SSD 180 GB or Crucial M4 256GB. Like My Evo board you guys reviewed is a decent board and is far from obsolete. I have not a need to buy a GPU as I have a MSI GTX560-Ti I CAN RECYCLE.Though if I had the money I would go for the new GTX660-Ti it can be bought at a latter date. Thanks Guys for your help.
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