Friday, April 15, 2011

ASUS show off! P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge launched!

On my earlier post it’s already show you that Gigabyte and MSI have take the lead by introducing their Intel Sandy Bridge socket 1155. And now it’s time for ASUS to show off by launching their lovely product P8P67 PRO which support LGA1155.
And looking for the market, that B2 having a trouble and the consumer now have their new motherboard because of this kind of problem. But, in the other hand ASUS finally show of in the market by launching their mid-end range motherboard. Even in mid-end range this motherboard above the average than the other. Want see further info about this motherboard?
We can see that even in mid-end range it support USB 3.0, new digital DIGI+ VRM 12 phase power design, 4 ports SATA 3 GB/s and four ports SATA 6 GB/s, three PCIe x16,. 2-way SLI and CrossFireX support, onboard Bluetooth module, Intel Gigabyte LAN controller, 8-channel HD audio codec, futuristic EFI BIOS, and redesigned AI suite II software package, the PRO version comes with just about every feature we would want in motherboard.
And now let’s get down to business. In this design ASUS try to evacuate something new, which is combining Northbridge and Southbridge in to a single chip design so it can add some space to the other.
Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 motherboard use “Cougar Point” 6-series chipsets of which the P67 board will target upper end of the spectrum when the others like H67 and Q7 will be destined for slightly entry-level.
For the link (Platform Controller Hub) it still use the new generation. So, it can double the bandwidth from 2 GB/s to 4 GB/s. It’s because it use four lanes in each direction which can operate faster than past generation.
And the most useful feature and it’s one of many advantages that we can get from this motherboard is that P67 Express series board will have their own ability to support full range of overclocking and unlocking capability for Sandy Bridge processors. This motherboard also allows some extension to support and increase their graphics performance.
While board partners want adds some basic OC options into the BIOS of certain low-end product, Intel seem to be pushing to choose K-series tu push their owh processors to the limit of speed/core clock. 

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As we see above that this motherboard absolutely above the mid-range level but in mid range price. It’s so good innovation that ASUS do to their beloved consumer. And we can conclude that ASUS Pro edition is definitely outfitted with just about anything you want on a motherboard.
And for the price it will be sold about USD $200 it’s really id-range motherboard. But if you want spend much more budget you can add about 20 bucks and you’ll get P8P67 EVO model. But for the specification about the EVO series it don’t really clear, if we think wisely the Pro edition actually in a good performance.
  • Solid Performance.
  • Incredible layout.
  • Three mechanical PCI-E x16 slots.
  • 2-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI capability.
  • Excellent manual overclocking capabilities.
  • Very capable automatic overclocking options.
  • Flawless voltage regulation & output.
  • Comprehensive SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 connectivity.
  • Integrated Bluetooth receiver.
  • Superior Intel Gigabit LAN controller.
  • Great new software package
  • Socket BIOS chip.
  • User-friendly and tweaker-friendly new UEFI BIOS.
  • Reasonable price tag given the features list.
  • Resuming from sleep/hibernate will fail when Internal PLL Voltage is enabled. Intel is working on a fix.
  • Depending on configuration, boot up times can be a little long.
  • Only one BIOS chip, no backup or fail-safe.
  • Large CPU coolers + tall memory heatspreaders can cause installation issues.
  • Not enough voltage readouts in Ai Suite II.
  • No onboard power and reset buttons.
 It's Intel P67 Express Chipset Platforn BLock Diagram

And this is the Overclocking feature diagram


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