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ASUS P8P67 Pro LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Asus
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Specifications, Layout, Included Extras

Technical specifications

CPU Intel® Socket 1155 Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/Core™ i7 Processor/

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Support Intel® 32nm CPU

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

Chipset Intel® P67 Express Chipset Memory * The Max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market.

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.

* Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz frequency as default.

4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1866(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel memory architecture

Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion Slots (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)

x PCIe 2.0 x16 2 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 * [Black] (max. at x4 mode, compatible with PCIe x1 and x4 devices)

2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1

2 x PCI

*The PCIe x16_3 slot shares bandwidth with PCIe x1_1 slot, PCIe x1_2 slot, USB3_34 and ESATA12. The PCIe x16_3 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization.(PCIe x1_2 will be disabled.) Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology

Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology Storage Intel® P67 Express Chipset

2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

(gray)

4 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10

Marvell® 9120 controller

2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue)*

JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller

2 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports*

* These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported. LAN Intel® 82579 Gigabit LAN Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY) Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

ASUS BT GO! Utility Audio Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound

- BD Audio Layer Content Protection

- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC

- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking

- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O IEEE 1394 VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel) USB NEC USB 3.0 controllers

- x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board for front panel support, 2 ports at back panel (blue))

4 Intel® P67 Express Chipset

- x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

12 ASUS Unique Features
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM:

ASUS EPU

- EPU, EPU switch

ASUS TPU

- Auto Tuning, TurboV, TPU switch

ASUS Digital Power Design

- Industry leading Digital 12+2 Phase Power Design

- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility

ASUS BT GO! (Bluetooth)

- Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net, Music Player, Personal Manager, BT Turbo Remote

ASUS Exclusive Features

- MemOK!

- AI Suite II

- AI Charger

- Anti Surge

- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution

- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heat-sink solution

- ASUS Fan Xpert

ASUS EZ DIY

- ASUS Q-Shield

- ASUS Q-Connector

- ASUS O.C. Tuner

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 2

ASUS Q-Design

- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)

- ASUS Q-Slot

- ASUS Q-DIMM

Overclocking Features Precision Tweaker2

- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment

- vCCIO: Adjustable I/O voltage at 0.00625V increment

- vCCSA: 144-step system agent voltage control

- vDRAM Bus: 160-step Memory voltage control

- vPCH: 90-step Chipset voltage control

- vCPU_PLL: 160-step CPU & PCH PLL voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)

- BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection

- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)

1 (purple)

x PS/2 Keyboard 1 (green)

x PS/2 Mouse 2 (1 x Power eSATA)

x External SATA 2 x S/PDIF Out (1 for Coaxial, 1 for Optical)

1 x IEEE 1394a

1 (Intel® LAN)

x LAN(RJ45) port 6 ports

x USB 2.0/1.1 8 -Channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (2 x gray; 2 x navy blue)

1 x Mem OK! Button

8-pin EATX 12V Power connector

1 x TPU switch

1 x EPU switch

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector(s) supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)

3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector(s) support additional 6 USB ports

1 x IEEE 1394a connector

1 (4-pin)

x CPU Fan connector 2 (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)

x Chassis Fan connector (3-pin)

1 x Power Fan connector 1 x S/PDIF Out connector

24-pin EATX Power connector

Front panel audio connector

System Panel (Q-Connector)

BIOS 32 Mb Flash ROM , EFI AMI BIOS, , EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE Accessories 2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s cables

2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s cables

1 x Q-Shield

User's manual

2 in 1 Q-connector

1 x ASUS USB 3.0 Bracket

1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector

Support Disc ASUS Utilities

Drivers

Anti-virus software (OEM version)

ASUS Update

Form Factor ATX Form Factor

12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

 

Motherboard layout

ASUS packaged the P8P67 Pro in a distinctive retail box with flashy graphics describing the board's DIGI+VRM "Dual Intelligent Processors" features. They also tout the board's USB 3.0 capabilities and its new EFI BIOS. 

 

The back panel gives users a more in-depth look at the P8P67 Pro's other overclocking and power efficiency features. I like the amount of graphics and information ASUS provides on this page, but the panel looks a bit cluttered because of the amount of content they added. They could have focused on a couple key features and did a better job with the graphics and text.

 

The P8P67 Pro uses a blue, silver, and black color scheme to give the board an attractive and modern look that many enthusiasts will love. The board layout looks pretty organized, but ASUS has lots of experience putting the right amount of components and hardware together when they are making performance motherboards. One of the best features I can see from this photo is the three PCIe ports that support 16x8x8 through the Intel P67 chipset.

 

Here's a quick look at the back of the motherboard. It looks like they ran out of space for a couple of the board's components so ASUS added them close to the aluminum CPU backplate at the top of the P8P67 Pro. Nothing else to report here.

 

The back I/O panel is chalked full of ports and features including six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, firewire, two eSATA ports, optical and coaxial S/PDIF out jacks, and 8-channel audio.

 

As I stated before, the P8P67 Pro has three PCIe (8x8x4), two legacy PCI, and two PCIe x1 slots making this board a highly flexible and lethal SLI or CrossfireX solution for any gamer or enthusiast.

 

The bottom of the motherboard includes the front audio header, SPDIF out, firewire, and the TPU switch.

 

ASUS also added three USB 2.0 headers that support six USB 2.0 devices to give users more expandability options for USB 2.0 devices.

 

Here's a closer look at the Clear BIOS header and standby power LED.

 

The front panel headers are clearly labeled for easy installation.

 

The P8P67 Pro supports four SATA 3GB/s devices and two SATA 6GB/s devices via the Intel P67 chipset. ASUS went the extra mile and added a Marvel PCIe SATA 6GB/s controller to give users an additional two SATA 6GB/s ports to work with. The SATA ports controlled through the P67 chipset also supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.

 

The top-right of the motherboard has an EPU switch and MemOK button for testing memory.

 

The P8P67 Pro supports up to 32GBs of dual channel DDR3-2200 (OC), 2133 (OC), 1866 (OC), 1600, 1333, 1066 memory. You can also see the blue header that connects the external SATA 6GB/s bracket on the bottom left of the photo above.

 

The real estate around the CPU socket only has a few power components surrounding the top and left sides. The height of the blue heatsinks over the power components could be an issue for some third-party heatsinks.

 

Included Extras

ASUS didn't leave users hanging in the accessory department either. They added four SATA cable and an add-on PCI bracket that has two extra USB 3.0 ports that can be accessed through the case's back panel. Very nice.

 

They also added the usual suspects like an SLI bridge, EZ USB and front panel connectors, and a basic I/O back plate.

 

Lastly, they added two user manuals for the overall motherboard and the DIGI+ VRM features as well as a driver CD and case badge.

 

November 16, 2011 | 07:27 AM - Posted by Aleex (not verified)

This motherboard has very good results at your testings. I think that I will buy it.
Best regards,
Alex from Proreview.net

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