ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review
After a widely acclaimed early January launch, Intel's sparkling new Sandy Bridge LGA1155 platform experienced a bit of a setback with the announcement of a manufacturing flaw that could undermine the performance and even functionality of the native SATA II ports on all motherboards featuring the Cougar Point H67 and P67 chipsets. Immediately following this announcement, responsible retailers pulled all LGA1155 motherboards from their 'shelves' and the motherboard manufacturers detailed their plans for the voluntary recall of all models that had already been purchased by consumers.
That was a little over 6 weeks ago, and today we can tell you that freshly manufactured (and fixed) B3 revision Intel 6 series chipsets are being shipped to the motherboard manufacturers as you read this. In fact, some consumers who RMA'd their B2 motherboards early have already received replacements, and stocks of B3 motherboards have slowly started strickling into the retail channel.
With all that said, today we will be bringing you a review of what is likely to be among the most popular P67 motherboards, the ASUS P8P67 PRO. For this new platform, ASUS have created ten P67-based models ranging in price from $150 to about $350. The PRO comes in at about $190, which makes it ostensibly a mid-end model, but with decidely above-average specs. Featuring the new digital DIGI+ VRM 12 phase power design, four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA 3Gb/s, four SATA 6Gb/s, three PCI-E x16 slots, 2-way SLI and CrossFireX support, onboard Bluetooth module, Intel Gigabyte LAN controller, 8-channel HD audio codec, futuristic EFI BIOS, and a redesigned AI Suite II software package, the PRO comes with just about every feature that we would want in motherboard. The P8P67 motherboard series also features a wide range of new ASUS-specific features that we will examine throughout the review.
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