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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

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.

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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.

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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 

 
# 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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