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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

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 

 
# 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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