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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

AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is the evolution of Lavalys' "Everest Ultimate Edition". Hungarian developer FinalWire acquired the rights to Everest in late November 2010, and renamed the product "AIDA64". The Everest product was discontinued and FinalWire is offering 1-year license keys to those with active Everest keys.

AIDA64 is a full 64-bit benchmark and test suite utilizing MMX, 3DNow! and SSE instruction set extensions, and will scale up to 32 processor cores. An enhanced 64-bit System Stability Test module is also available to stress the whole system to its limits. For legacy processors all benchmarks and the System Stability Test are available in 32-bit versions as well. Additionally, AIDA64 adds new hardware to its database, including 300 solid-state drives. On top of the usual ATA auto-detect information the new SSD database enables AIDA64 to display flash memory type, controller model, physical dimensions, and data transfer performance data. AIDA64 v1.00 also implements SSD-specific SMART disk health information for Indilinx, Intel, JMicron, Samsung, and SandForce controllers.

All of the benchmarks used in this test- Queen, Photoworxx, ZLib, hash, and AES- rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very little system memory while also being aware of Hyper-Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. Of all the tests in this review, AIDA64 is the one that best isolates the processor's performance from the rest of the system. While this is useful in that it more directly compares processor performance, readers should remember that virtually no "real world" programs will mirror these results.

aida64_queen_photoworxx.png

The Queen and Photoworxx tests are synthetic benchmarks that iterate the function many times and over-exaggerate what the real-world performance would be like. The Queen benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and misprediction penalties of the CPU. It does this by finding possible solutions to the classic queen problem on a chessboard. At the same clock speed theoretically the processor with the shorter pipeline and smaller misprediction penalties will attain higher benchmark scores.

Despite its comparable clock speed and two extra cores, the AMD 1100T falls well behind the Intel processors in the Queen test. Even the slower-clocked Core i7-950 beats it, and the Core i7-2600K, especially when overclocked, dominates the results. Here we see a pattern that will be similar throughout all these tests: at stock clock speeds, the Intel DP67BG motherboard and the two ASUS motherboards return virtually identical performances, while the higher overclocks the ASUS boards can reach provide greater performance than the relatively limited overclock the DP67BG was capable of.

Like the Queen benchmark, the Photoworxx tests for penalties against pipeline architecture. The synthetic Photoworxx benchmark stresses the integer arithmetic and multiplication execution units of the CPU and also the memory subsystem. Due to the fact that this test performs high memory read/write traffic, it cannot effectively scale in situations where more than two processing threads are used, so quad-core processors with Hyper-Threading have no real advantage. The AIDIA64 Photoworxx benchmark performs the following tasks on a very large RGB image:

  • Fill
  • Flip
  • Rotate90R (rotate 90 degrees CW)
  • Rotate90L (rotate 90 degrees CCW)
  • Random (fill the image with random colored pixels)
  • RGB2BW (color to black & white conversion)
  • Difference
  • Crop

The Photoworxx test rankings are identical to the Queen test rankings, but the AMD 1100T drops even further behind the Intel results, which are clustered together with only a 16% difference separating the Core i7-950 from the overclocked 2600K. The overclocked 2600K results are much closer to the stock-clocked results than was the case with the Queen test.

aida64_zlib_aes.png

The Zip Library test measures combined CPU and memory subsystem performance through the public ZLib compression library. ZLib is designed as a free lossless data compression library for use on virtually any computer hardware and operating system. The ZLib data format is itself portable across platforms and has a data-independent footprint that can be reduced at some cost in compression. The AES integer benchmark measures CPU performance using AES data encryption. It utilizes Vincent Rijmen, Antoon Bosselaers and Paulo Barreto's public domain C code in ECB mode and consumes 48 MB of memory. Both of these tests are much more applicable to the "real world" than the previous tests.

In the ZLib test, the AMD 1100T surges ahead of the Intel 950, posting scores less than 10% slower than the stock-clocked 2600K. Overclocking the 2600K on the top-performance ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard improves its score by over 36%.

The AES test isn't really a fair one: the Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) feature in the latest Intel processors dramatically accelerate AES code. Although the AMD 1100T returns a better score than the Intel 950, the stock-clocked Core i7-2600K is still 560% better. Oddly, overclocking the 2600K doesn't yield significantly better results in the AES test.

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Finally, a win for the 1100T. As we've seen in our review of the AMD 1100T Black Edition, AMD processors dominate in this particular benchmark.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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