EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard Review

Author: Zac "Eldonko" Ryan
Date: July 26, 2011
Product Name: P67 FTW
Part Number: 160-SB-E679-K2
Warranty: 3 Years
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NF200 Motherboard Comparison

For users looking for an NF200-based motherboard with specific features or options we have created a handy quick reference guide that compares three of the top P67 boards, the P67 FTW, the M4E, and the UD7.

Comparing the P67 FTW NF200 setup to Gigabyte’s P67 UD7 and ASUS’ M4E setups, each configuration is a bit different:
  • The P67 FTW has all PCI-E slots but one going through NF200
  • The M4E bypasses NF200 when two cards are installed and then the NF200 is activated when three cards are installed
  • The UD7 has all PCI-E slots always going through NF200

It may sound like a bad thing for a board to run SLI at 8x/8x but this will still outperform 16x/16x SLI on P67 with NF200 in almost all cases. Only when you use a top level GPU and very high resolution (i.e. 2600 x 1600) will 16x/16x NF200 come out on top. The reason the UD7 is able to run 16x SLI for dual card is because the NF200 takes the native 8 lane 5GT/s bus, splits the PCIE lanes and doubles the bandwidth to 16x5GT/s. This allows for 32 lanes of 2.5GT/S PCIE or dual 16x.

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