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| 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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EVGA P67 FTW Motherboard Review
EVGA had huge success with the P55 FTW and it was considered one of the trailblazers in the enthusiast world. In our opinion it was actually one the best boards of the P55 generation so we couldn’t wait to get out hands on the P67 version of the FTW. However EVGA experienced some major changes in the motherboard team and as a result they were late to the table with their P67 boards. This did allow them to avoid the Intel B2 P67 chipset recall fiasco but EVGA’s new P67 were nonetheless delayed.
Now over six months after the Intel’s P67 launch and several months after Z68 was first introduced, we finally have a P67 FTW in the lab. In the P67 world the P67 FTW is a high-end board, competing with other flagship products such as Gigabyte’s UD7, ASUS’ Maximus IV Extreme, and MSI’s Big Bang Marshal. Part of what makes it such an appealing enthusiast level board is the huge bundle of accessories it comes with and an NF200 chip which makes 3-way SLI possible. In terms of price the board we are reviewing (the K2 version) is close to $290 which is in the same range as the previously mentioned competitor boards.
In terms of features and capabilities, the FTW is definitely up there with the big boys. However, we’re sure many of you will be questioning this board’s placement in relation to the Z68 products that are available from EVGA’s competitors. To us and many other enthusiasts, the Z68’s advantages over its predecessor are a little underwhelming which makes the P67 still relevant today. Users are still leaning towards the less expensive option as many don’t need the onboard video outputs and SSD caching offered by the newer chipset.
EVGA may be a bit late with this board but its long list of features and high performance pedigree should make it an appealing option.