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Written by Olin Coles and David Ramsey   
Sunday, 02 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 Motherboard
The Intel P67 Express Chipset
Closer Look: ASUS P8P67
ASUS P8P67 Details
ASUS UEFI (BIOS)
ASUS P8P67 Overclocking
ASUS P8P67 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 Conclusion

ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 Motherboard Review

ASUS introduces several new features on their P8P67 motherboard series, sufch as the long-awaited UEFI to replace the traditional BIOS, DIGI+ VRM digital power management, Bluetooth remote overclocking control, and ASUS HyperDuo technology that combines a HDD with SSD to create a hybrid storage drive. Despite its many new features, the ASUS P8P67 motherboard is only one half of the equation. Designed as the performance platform for mainstream enthusiasts, the P67 series unlocks and multiplies performance with Intel Core-i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processors. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will explore the ASUS P8P67 motherboard and test its overclocking limits with the unlocked Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2600K CPU.

There are two sides to the Sandy Bridge story: those that demonstrate how well this new Intel processor overclocks, and others that discuss how well the new motherboards harness its overclocking power. Benchmark Reviews has separately published our results of the Intel Core i7-2600K and Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPUs, allowing us to focus directly on manufacturer-specific features introduced by ASUS for their P8P67 series in this article. Intel has added native SATA 6Gb/s storage support on all LGA1155 motherboards, which ASUS further enhances with several newly introduced features:

  • EFI - User Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement) with Graphical User Interface
  • ASUS BT GO! - Adds an onboard Bluetooth 2.1 receiver with BT Turbo remote and BT-to-Net functionality
  • DIGI+ VRM - Precision digital Voltage Regulator Module replaces analog management
  • ASUS HyperDuo - Creates a hybrid storage drive by combining HDD and SSD
  • AI Suite II - Combines DIGI+ VRM, EPU, TurboV EVO, BT GO!, FAN Xpert, and Probe II software into one program

ASUS reincorporates some of their recent technologies in the P8P67 motherboard platform:

  • ASUS DIP2 - Dual Intelligent Processors integrated onto the motherboard:
    • ASUS TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) Relieves parts of process-intensive tasks from CPU
    • ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) Reduces power drain by up to 80%
  • MemOK! - Enables the motherboard to boot up successfully even if there might be some memory compatibility issues.

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Proprietary features are what separate one motherboard from another. Generally speaking, without these special features the overall system performance would be approximately identical between P67-Express platforms. The discrete graphics card, system memory, central processor, and storage device performance usually deliver the same performance... unless the manufacturer has introduced additional technology or made design sacrifices that penalize pipeline performance. This article compares three different P67-Express motherboards against previous Intel and AMD platforms.

On 4 January 2011 Intel launched a series of desktop processors codenamed 'Sandy Bridge'. These new Core-i3/i5/i7 CPUs are designed to operate on Intel's P67-Express platform, which supports a new LGA1155 processor socket. While the Sandy Bridge processor architecture brings its own set of innovations, motherboard manufacturers have pushed back with several key improvements of their own. ASUS offers a full series of motherboards based around Intel's 6-series, which include the following models:

P8P67 Deluxe

P8P67 EVO

P8P67 PRO

P8P67

P8P67 LE

CPU Socket

LGA1155 socket for 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors

Chipset

Intel P67 Express Chipset

Memory

DDR3 2200(O.C.)/DDR3 2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333MHz

Power Design

DIGI+ VRM

16+2

DIGI+ VRM

12+2

DIGI+ VRM

12+2

DIGI+ VRM

12+2

4+1

PCIex16 Slots

3

3

3

2

2

Multi-GPU

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX

CrossFireX

Gbit LAN

2 (Intel/Realtek)

2 (Intel/Realtek)

1 (Intel)

1

1

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

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Audio

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD

Storage

4* SATA 6Gb/s 4* SATA 3Gb/s 2* eSATA (1*PWR eSATA) 4* SATA 6Gb/s 4* SATA 3Gb/s 1* eSATA (by bracket) 1* Ultra DMA
3* SATA 6Gb/s 4* SATA 3Gb/s 1* eSATA

USB

4* USB 3.0 (2 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board)

2* USB 3.0 (back)

12* USB 2.0

14* USB 2.0

1394a

2 ports (one at mid-board, one at back panel)

Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Model Number: P8P67 EVO
Product Name: Intel P67-Express Motherboard
Price as Tested: $159.99 at NewEgg

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ASUS.



 

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# ProgrammerFieyr 2011-01-22 14:26
Just wanted to correct this article...it's not a "UEFI BIOS"

UEFI is the new standard. BIOS is the old standard. But there is no such thing as a UEFI BIOS.
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# RE: ProgrammerOlin Coles 2011-01-22 14:36
It's more of a semantics argument. I am aware that the term UEFI replaces the term BIOS, but try getting the average reader to understand that. I suppose I could always refer to it as UEFI (BIOS).
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# RE: RE: ProgrammerFieyr 2011-01-22 14:56
Or even say, UEFI (which is replacing BIOS as the new firmware standard).

But yeah, I understand where you're coming from. Hard to get people to just throw out the word BIOS after 20 something years.
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# RE: RE: RE: ProgrammerFieyr 2011-01-22 16:06
I did want to mention though, excellent article. This comparison chart is exactly what I was looking for!
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ProgrammerOlin Coles 2011-01-22 17:36
Thank you! And I've gone back into the articles and made some changes to better clarify UEFI vs BIOS. It will be gradual, but readers often need baby steps.
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# RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardBrad 2011-01-24 11:17
Hi, one question:

Does the new TUF P67 Sabertooth mobo also have DIGI + VRM? Thanks!
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardOlin Coles 2011-01-24 11:19
Yes, all ASUS P67 motherboards feature DIGI + VRM.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardBrad 2011-01-24 13:37
Oh wow... Great article for intro. Helped a lot!
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# RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardBill Edwards 2011-01-31 07:28
Does the ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 Motherboard with the Sandy Bridge have an overheating problem on initial set up with Intel supplied cpu cooler?
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardOlin Coles 2011-01-31 08:39
I'm not aware of this problem, and our test systems didn't have anything similar.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P8P67 LGA1155 MotherboardPet 2012-06-13 03:35
I have exactly this same Problem. MB says CPU is overheating and the temp is raising very fast according to the MB up to 97 degrees C. Not sure what is wrong yet, MB or CPU..
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# asus p8p67 EVOCzyberX 2011-02-12 21:11
I ordered this motherboard and a i7 2006k processor last week and now I read somewhere that this peculiar motherboard has been recalled. I don't know if that's true, though I allready paid for both.
Is there realy something wrong with this motherboard?
When I go to amazon.com this item has simply vanished of the shelves and other asus motherboards aswell.
by the way, thanX for your asus review for this was what made me move to LGA1155! I still believe asus is damn GOOD!
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# RE: asus p8p67 EVOOlin Coles 2011-02-12 21:42
It's not THIS motherboard per se, it's a transistor flaw in the SATA-II 3.0GB/s controller of all current P67 and H67 chipsets that effects a very small number of products under certain conditions. Intel has said that the design issue is found in only 5% of the products.
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# p67 and NetworkingDave W. 2011-02-20 12:19
Hello, First off great review on a great piece of tech =3. I have been using this for a few days and i couldn't be more impressed. However that being said i have a question. Is a network card required with the P67. I have been troubleshooting this for quite awhile and i cant find a solution -_-. Are there drivers to download? Am i making this too hard? I'm using a wired (cat6) internet connection. I honestly think its just windows goofing up but i would like to be certain. Thanks =)
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# p67 and NetworkingDave W. 2011-02-20 12:21
to be perfectly clear. Having Internet issues, either the mobo or Windows doesn't even recognize the Ethernet Cable. need some advice...
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# RE: p67 and NetworkingOlin Coles 2011-02-20 12:27
Is a network card required? No, because it already comes with a network adapter. If you've got to ask if there are drivers, then perhaps it's time to get someone else to help you with your system. All hardware has drivers, but many of these items have drivers auto-installed from the built-in Windows driver library. For troubleshooting questions, visit: forum.benchmarkreviews.com
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# RE: p67 and NetworkingDave W. 2011-02-20 12:30
Thanks for the speedy reply! I didn't think i needed one it seems the issue is more software than hard. Thanks again for the help! =)
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# New terminolgyDave C 2011-02-20 17:20
Hey

Let me be the First (maybe) to offer a new abbreviated terminology for the new UEFI. Since BIOS rolls easily off the tongue, UEFI simply does NOT lend itself to such an abbreviated form...so I propose that we start calling it the "WEEF", simply taking the sound that the first 3 letters would make in any other usage. Calling it "WEEFI" (long i) would confuse it with WiFi, so shortening it to weef would make sense (to me anyhoo). Or if weefI catches on, so be it.
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# yesCraig 2011-08-23 18:42
Now if they could produce a board where the usb works it would be great. Can't even get a USB flash/sd card reader to work correctly even in the usb 2 ports. Mulitple rteaders work on other systems but no on the p67 deluxe. mulitpl bios updates. multiplwe driver installs and on and on. still no card readers working.
what a loss
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# RE: yesOlin Coles 2011-08-23 19:47
That sounds like a driver problem, not hardware. When you uninstall the item in device manager, are you checking the box to also remove driver files with it? That could be the problem.
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# RE: RE: yesCraig 2011-08-24 00:38
drivers have been REMOVED and installed multiple times. have another computer with different asus board same drivers. works like a champ. with software costs etc we am sitting with a $5500 white elephant that was intended as a high intensity photographic work station. Imagine annually running 10-15 thousand photos through a work station where you can't use a card reader.
Oh there is a work around. You plug the compact flash card into the card reader first and then plug the card reader into the computer. Then when you are done with that card you unplug everytrhing. Plug a new compact flash card into the card reader and then plug the card reader into the computer. Works like a champ.
Kind of like buying a new stick shift car where you have to come to a standstill every time you want to shift gears.
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# RE: RE: RE: yesDavid Ramsey 2011-08-24 08:03
Have you tried other USB devices in the ports the card reader doesn't work with? Honestly, it's starting to sound like a problem with the card reader to me.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: yesCraig 2011-08-24 11:00
OK.
Two different card readers would work fine on two different computers on different multiple ports but none of them would work on the 6 usb ports that were tried on the bad computer. The units were also tired with different compact flash cards. By the way we are working with Lexar dual readers compact/sd one card reader is the older USB 2 and one is the newer USB 3 card reader.
The service rep has now disabled the raid c drives and has put an image of windows onto the solid state drive. The solid state drive is on the system to be used as the scratch memory for Adobe products.
With this temporary arrangement it looks like both the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports perform correctly. We now are in the process of trying to repair windows using the repair feature on the windows disk. The system disk does not have service pack 1 but it may work anyway.
So now it looks like the problem can be blamed on some windows coruption.
If the repair doesn't work then the software will be deactivated and windows will be reinstalled.
By the way Lexar has said they have had some issues of card reader problems on both windows and mac computers but all seem to be unexplainable and random.
When this is done I will provide some info back to them.
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# RE: yesDavid Ramsey 2011-08-23 20:26
I haven't had any problem with the USB ports in mine. It's the basis of my Sandy Bridge Hackintosh now, and the rear USB ports work fine, and the card reader I have connected to the internal USB ports works fine, too...
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