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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

PCMark Vantage Tests

PCMark Vantage is an objective hardware performance benchmark tool for PCs running 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7. It's well suited for benchmarking any type of Microsoft Windows Vista/7 PC: from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops, to dedicated workstations and high-end gaming rigs. Benchmark Reviews has decided to use a few select tests from the suite to simulate real-world processor usage in this article. Our tests were conducted on 64-bit Windows 7, with results displayed in the chart below.

TV and Movies Suite

  • TV and Movies 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback: HD DVD w/ additional lower bitrate HD content from HDD, as downloaded from net
  • TV and Movies 2 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Video transcoding: HD DVD to media server archive
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 19.39 Mbps terrestrial HDTV playback
  • TV and Movies 3 (HDD=100%)
    • HDD Media Center
  • TV and Movies 4 (CPU=50%, RAM=2%, GPU=45%, HDD=3%)
    • Video transcoding: media server archive to portable device
    • Video playback, HD MPEG-2: 48 Mbps Blu-ray playback

Gaming Suite*

  • Gaming 1 (CPU=30%, GPU=70%)
    • GPU game test
  • Gaming 2 (HDD=100%)
    • HDD: game HDD
  • Gaming 3 (CPU=75%, RAM=5%, HDD=20%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU game test
    • Data decompression: level loading
  • Gaming 4 (CPU=42%, RAM=1%, GPU=24%, HDD=33%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • GPU game test
    • CPU game test
    • HDD: game HDD

Music Suite

  • Music 1 (CPU=50%, RAM=3%, GPU=13%, HDD=34%)
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering - w/music shop content
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player
  • Music 2 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: WAV -> WMA lossless
  • Music 3 (CPU=100%)
    • Audio transcoding: MP3 -> WMA
  • Music 4 (CPU=50%, HDD=50%)
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA
    • HDD: Adding music to Windows Media Player

* EDITOR'S NOTE: Hopefully our readers will carefully consider how relevant PCMark Vantage is as a "real-world" benchmark, since many of the tests rely on unrelated hardware components. For example, per the FutureMark PCMark Vantage White Paper document, Gaming test #2 weighs the storage device for 100% of the test score. In fact, according to PCMark Vantage the video card only impacts 23% of the total gaming score, but the CPU represents 37% of the final score. As our tests in this article (and many others) have already proven, gaming performance has a lot more to do with the GPU than the CPU, and especially more than the hard drive or SSD (which is worth 38% of the final gaming performance score).

PCMark Vantage.png

The TV and Movies suite concentrates on video playback and transcoding, but only uses two threads at a maximum, so the Intel processor's Hyper-Threading and AMD 1100T's six cores shouldn't be an advantage. Still, the Intel processors are all faster than the 1100T, and the results seem to scale almost directly with clock speed, with the Sandy Bridge architecture seeming to provide little advantage.

The Gaming benchmark relies on the hard disk and video card for over 50% of its score (see the Editor's Note above), and we're using the same HDD and video card for all platforms, so the Intel processor's decisive win in this test simply means that Vantage's gaming code is more optimized for Intel processors. Bear in mind, however, that most "real world" games will not show this difference; generally, in games, your video card matters most, followed by the clock speed (not number of cores) of your processor. The PCMark Vantage gaming test can use up to 16 threads, so Hyper-Threading gives the Intel CPUs a real advantage, but very few commercial games will take full advantage of multicore processors.

Unlike the Gaming test, the Music test results have more real-world relevance, since multi-threading is much more common in music transcoding applications than it is in games. What's strange here is the exceptional performance of the Nehalem-based Core i7-950 proc, which beats the 2600K's stock results and comes close to its overclocked results. This is something you should be aware of: when Intel (or AMD) change a processor's instructions or architecture, it's not a given that existing code will take full, or any, advantage of it. This is the only benchmark I ran in which the Intel DP67BG motherboard with the stock-clocked 2500K CPU performed noticeably worse than the ASUS boards at stock clock speeds.

Futuremark's weighing of the various system components in each test is the subject of some debate; and some of their choices (such as the Gaming test's use of a 1024x768 resolution with no anti-aliasing or texture filtering being "representative" of the "consumer experience") seem odd to me, but the TV and Movies and Music benchmarks are arguably reasonable predictors of overall system performance.



 

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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