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ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

Author: Eldonko
Date: June 5, 2011
Product Name: ASUS Sabertooth P67
Warranty: 5 Years
Purchase at NCIX: | | UK
 
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Conclusion

ASUS has found a niche market for the Sabertooth TUF series and the P67 version fits in to it like a well honed glove. The board is designed for those that want ROG quality components but donít necessarily need the extra features and associated cost. In all reality, when you look through our results, there isnít one area in which the Sabertooth is lacking against the competition or even some much higher priced boards.

Meanwhile the TUF Armor gives it a one of a kind look but users will either think it is really cool or really silly. Our tests do tell us however that the ducting is effective to some extent and proper airflow can lead to lower system temperatures.

Getting past the looks, the Sabertooth has some great features like hardware monitoring, an excellent software suite and abundant connectivity options. The five year warranty will not only attract people that may have a longer upgrade lifecycle ad want peace of mind. A long warranty means a manufacturer is confident in their productís staying power and these days anything longer than three years of coverage is hard to come by.

Overclocking on the Sabertooth was close to flawless. Clicking OC Tuner in the BIOS gave a 1000Mhz overclock and even allowed for a significant memory speed increase as well - a novice overclockerís dream. For manual overclocking, achieving stability at 5Ghz was painless and the system was rock solid over several weeks of extensive use. We did have a minor instability issue with OC Tuner and a 2500K but solving that was as simple as manually adjusting the offset.

Our multi GPU results were right up there with NF200-equipped Sandy Bridge boards and there is plenty of space between slots for even the largest of GPUs. We saw gains of up to 92% in most situations which really shows that P67 can stand against X58 in most dual GPU environments.

At the time of this review the Sabertooth is priced around $220 which makes it a few dollars more than several P67 boards that fall in the $190 to $200 range. To see what you get for that extra $30, letís quickly compare the Sabertooth to another ASUS board, the P8P67 Pro. One major difference between the two boards is 8+2 phase power on the Sabertooth vs. 12+2 phase power on the Pro. After testing both boards, the extra phases are a non-issue and in the end the Sabertooth may even have the advantage in power delivery due to the TUF VRM components. However, overclocking was nearly identical.

Other differences in features between the two boards all go to the Sabertooth. The Sabertooth has Thermal Radar for extensive temperature monitoring, TUF Armor for a rugged look and heat ducting plus two extra years of warranty. If these items are worth the extra $30 to you then the Sabertooth is definitely the way to go.



Pros

- Attractive board, excellent layout
- Auto overclocking takes a click of a button and provides a 1000Mhz boost
- Manual overclocking was very easy
- High quality TUF components
- 5 year warranty
- Top of the line NIC with Intel Gigabit LAN controller
- 4 USB 3.0 ports and 4 SATA6G ports
- Ai Tuner II is a very handy tool
- Thermal Radar keeps you aware of every temperature imaginable
- Attractive and user-friendly UEFI BIOS


Cons

- Voltage read points and power / reset buttons would be a nice addition
- 50mm fan and USB 3.0 bracket could be included in the accessory bundle
- Had some stability issues with OC Tuner and a 2500K



 
 
 

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