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August 17, 2011

ASUS P8P67-M Pro Review

 

ASUS P8P67-M Pro Review

If you’re looking for a P67 budget price motherboard that gives you more of a great performing level look no further because the ASUS P8P67-M Pro is perfect for your needs.

The P8P67-M Pro has the look that is traditionally distinguish by an ASUS board with a combination of black and blue. This board comes in a form of micro ATX but not to the point of a very crowded layout. The SATA ports are well placed in front including the ATX power connector that provides an easy access wiring without the mess. The PCI-E slots are well spaced for proper air breathing when using multiple GPU. Heatsinks that comes in blue color doesn’t have that beefy size but let’s find out if it can handle heats when overclocked.

 

Included In Box

– 1 x Mainboard
– 2 x SATA 2 cable
– 2 x SATA cables 3
– 1 x I / O shield
– 1 x ASUS 2 in 1 Q-connector
– ASUS software and tools: motherboard drivers, OEM Anti.Virus, AI Suite II, TurboV, ASUS EPU,
– Driver DVD and English documentation
Specifications

The Specifications for this motherboard are

Product Type Desktop Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Model P67(B3) Express
Multi GPU Supported SLI, CrossFireX
Onboard Video No
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 2
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Socket Socket H2 LGA-1155
Brand Name Asus
Form Factor Micro ATX
Processor Supported Core i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported 1
Maximum Memory 32 GB
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority REACH, WEEE
64-bit Processing Yes
Number of Memory Slots 4
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 6
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 4
eSATA Yes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports 8
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports 1
PCI Express Standard PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 4
Memory Form Factor DIMM
Number of eSATA Ports 1
Processor Technology Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width 244.0 mm
Depth 244.0 mm
Manufacturer ASUS Computer International
Product Model P8P67-M PRO
Product Name P8P67-M PRO Desktop Motherboard
Controller Type Serial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number P8P67-M PRO R3.0
Manufacturer Website Address uk.asus.com
Marketing Information This motherboard supports the Intel second generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 processors in LGA1155 package with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
Package Contents
  • P8P67-M PRO Desktop Motherboard
  • User’s Manual
  • 2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s Cables
  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x Q-Shield
  • Support DVD
Standard Warranty 3 Year Limited

 

 Testing Of the Motherboard

The components used for testing were below :

 

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 M Pro
  • Memory: 4GB Patriot Sector 5 2000MHz Dual Channel
  • Video Card: ASUS GTX 550 Single, SLI
  • Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB SATA 6 Barracuda
  • Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 1200W
  • Media: LG Blu-Ray DVD
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

 

The few of pictures for benchmark are below :

 

Chipset And RAM

The P8P67-M Pro used a P67 chipset that supports the 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processors in socket 1155 package. It has 4 DIMM’s slot that supports dual channel DDR3 up to 32GB at 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066MHz memory module. It has three PCI-E slot that runs at single 16X configuration or dual at 8X/8X, the third (black) is at 4X and 1x PCI-E 1X slot. It provides 2 SATA 6GB/s and 4 SATA 3GB/s connectors that supports SATA RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and 2 eSATA 6GB/s. It can accommodate up to 14x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports. It also has 1x Realtek LAN port and 8-chanel High Definition audio port DTS surround sensation with S/PDIF out support.

Features Supported And Embbed

The P8P67-M Pro uses the same basic features that come in all P67 motherboard that only ASUS can provide. The main features of the all new ASUS mother is the EFI that offers a user friendly BIOS interface without the traditional keyboard control. In this case you can use the mouse to point easily for the BIOS settings just like you’re working with the operating system. This also supports hard drives with more than 2.2TB running in 64bit. The Al Suite II allows the user to supervise the overclocking, energy saving, fan speed control and voltage for easy interface. It also provides an auto tuning for novice users that can easily achieved overclock speed at very stable frequency. Another great overclocking tool is the TurboV that enables you to reach your own desired speed possible to adjust the CPU frequency and its multiplier. The MemOK! feature ensures your memory boot compatibility. It features fanless thermal solution systems that further eliminate noise. This motherboard uses a high quality polymer capacitor that ensures its durability for longer lifespan.

Crossfire Or SLI

To have more freedom in overclocking this motherboard we used a K version processor. In this case the core i5 2500K with a stock speed of 3.3GHz is the CPU of choice. The 2500K was overclocked at an amazing sped of 4.7GHz using the Al suite with manual settings. A 1.4GHz increased in speed is fairly noticeable in its performance in running any games. Using the SLI multi GPU in the first two slots runs smoothly, although you can also use the CrossfireX configuration in this board. At overclocking speed this board can barely withstand an increased in temperature but an additional airflow is highly recommended in running the SLI or CrossfireX configuration.

About Gamers

The ASUS P8P67-M Pro doesn’t disappoint us in running under stress at overclocked speed. Although this board comes in a micro ATX form factor you can be sure of its quality. Admittedly it eliminates some of its key features compare to other P67 motherboard due to its low price range but, it doesn’t sacrifice its performance. A big plus factor is the support for both SLI and CrossfireX multi GPU and a SATA 6GB/s. This is a very dependable motherboard for a budget conscious enthusiast that really delivers great value to your money.

View Of the Board

 

One Thing Keeping In Mind

At the last , we just want to tell one problem you can that if you install a wide card in the last PCI slot for crossfire or SLI you might face problem in plugin headers at the bottom .

 

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Aug 19 2011

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    • Aug 19 2011

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