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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

The Intel P67 Express Chipset

The Intel P67 Express chipset is the top-performing desktop version of a new range of "Cougar Point" mobile and desktop chipsets (10 in all). It's an evolutionary development of the P55 chipset, as this architecture diagram shows:

intel_dp67bg_motherboard_p67_architecture.jpg

If this diagram looks familiar, it's probably because it's pretty much identical to all the P55 architecture diagrams you saw when the P55 chipset was introduced last year. In fact, there seem to be only three differences between the P55 and P67 chipsets:

  • Sandy Bridge processor support
  • 8 PCIe 2.0 lanes instead of 8 PCIe 1.0 lanes
  • Two integrated SATA 6Gb/s ports (oddly not called out in the architecture diagram)

That's it as far as the functional changes go. For enthusiasts, the most significant feature is that the chipset PCIe lanes are now full 2.0 lanes with 5 Gb/s bandwidth instead of the older 1.0 lanes which were limited to 2.5Gb/s. Since PCIe lanes are used to support other subsystems than just the graphics card slots (USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, for example), having more, faster lanes is always better, especially if you plan to run other PCIe cards like RAID or sound cards (see our review of the ASUS P7H55D-M EVO motherboard for the difference PCIe 2.0 lanes can make in USB 3.0 performance). Combined with the 16 PCIe lanes on a Sandy Bridge processor, a Cougar Point-based system has a total of 24 PCIe lanes, which is far short of the 40 provided by an X58 system or the 42 on an AMD 890FX system. Enthusiasts should think carefully about their current and future system configurations and determine if the available PCIe lanes on a P67 system will be sufficient.

The P67 Express chipset is one of four total desktop Cougar Point chipsets, the other three being the Q67, B65, and H67. The main difference between the P67 and the other desktop chipsets is that the others support the integrated video feature of Sandy Bridge CPUs, and add associated features such as content protection and on-chip 3D support. According to Intel, the P67 Express chipset is the only one that support processor core overclocking, so it's definitely the one you'll want to get.

Intel's Sandy Bridge processor architecture replaces the aging Nehalem series introduced back on 3 November 2008 for the X58-Express platform, and extended to the P55 platform some months later. Housing a new LGA1155 socket, Intel P67-series motherboards are compatible with the following Sandy Bridge processors:

Processor

Cores/Threads

L3 Cache

Base Frequency

Max Turbo
(Single Core)

Intel HD Graphics Frequency
Max / Turbo

TDP

Intel Core i7 2600K

4 / 8

8 MB

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

850 / 1350 MHz

95W

Intel Core i7 2600

4 / 8

8 MB

3.4 GHz

3.8 GHz

850 / 1350 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2500K

4 / 4

6 MB

3.3 GHz

3.7 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2500

4 / 4

6 MB

3.3 GHz

3.7 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i5 2400

4 / 4

6 MB

3.1 GHz

3.4 GHz

850 / 1100 MHz

95W

Intel Core i3 2120

2 / 4

3 MB

3.3 GHz

-

850 / 1100 MHz

65W

Intel Core i3 2100

2 / 4

3 MB

3.1 GHz

-

850 / 1100 MHz

65W

Fortunately, Intel did not change the CPU cooler mounting holes for the new Socket 1155; existing 1156 coolers will work fine.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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