ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review
As you may recall, the X58 Sabertooth came out last year and provided users with a unique alternative to the more common boards on the market. That board boasted a unique design, some interesting features and an ultra long warranty which all combined to make it one of the more popular late-model X58 products on the market. ASUS has now released yet another Sabertooth but this time is concentrating upon the P67 chipset.
With just a quick glance you can clearly the one item which allows this new Sabertooth to really stand out: the TUF Thermal Armor. This is essentially an air duct covering all of the most important components of the board which provides air circulation while blocking external heat from video cards. In addition to thermal armor, the Sabertooth has what ASUS calls “TUF Thermal Radar”. Marketing jargon aside, this feature uses a total of 12 onboard sensors to give users a clear picture of the entire board’s thermal status.
Another feature that makes the Sabertooth stand out is yet another marketing catch phrase that has firm roots in reality: Ultimate Durability. Components on the Sabertooth P67 have been tested above and beyond normal conditions and as a result ASUS provides a long 5-year warranty on all Sabertooth products. Additionally, higher quality “TUF” components tested to military standards such as caps, MOSFETS, and chokes lead to better power design through the 8+2 Phase DIGI+ VRM.
In terms of price, the Sabertooth P67 incredibly hits an affordable price of around $225 at the time of this review but we have actually seen it for as low as $190. There may be plenty of competing products at this price point but from a features standpoint, ASUS’ unique board may have them all beat clean.