The Deluxe has more of the features we expected from the Pro board.  In a similar design, we see power and reset switches on the board, dual gigabit Ethernet and double-digit debugging LEDs.

The extended VRM heatsink cooling is the most obvious visual change over the Pro, despite the fact that the Pro and the Deluxe both have only one 8-pin 12V connector, which suggests that ASUS have shelled out a few more reddies on the VRM for the socket on the Deluxe.  Whether that plays out to any performance gain, or a raise in the performance ceiling, we’ll find out in due course.

The main back panel change, apart from the presence of dual gigabit Ethernet, is the combination PS/2 mouse and keyboard port, and the CMOS clear button.  The button itself is recessed slightly behind the 5.1 audio and the USB ports on either side, so in order to press it, you really have to be searching for it.  Or if your cat decides it’s a toy on the back panel and accidentally claws it with some force.

Other additions/changes of note is the PLX chip between the first PCIex16 slot and the first PCI slot, and the relocation of the bridging USB2.0/3.0 to SATA ASMedia chip to a more central location next to the battery.  The Deluxe, like the Pro, has eight SATA ports in total, but these are labelled, and shows four SATA 3Gb/s (labelled 3, 4, 5 and 6), two SATA 6Gb/s, and two more SATA 6Gb/s, designated ‘E’.  This raises a couple of questions – what happened to SATA 3Gb/s which are labelled 1 and 2?  If the 6Gb/s ‘E’ designation is for eSATA, why are the back-panel eSATA ports labelled 3Gb/s? 

Obviously, expect the Deluxe to retail at a high price than the Pro.  How much more, we don’t know yet, and ASUS is keeping that info to themselves.

P8P67 Pro Maximus IV Extreme
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  • duploxxx - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    The Sandy Bridge platform on P67 relies on discrete graphics only, and as such there are no video out connectors on the back panel, but two PCIe x8 slots on the board itself (or one PCIe x16 if only one card is used). There is another PCIe slot available, presumably x4, for non-GPU duties.

    wow Intel is that all youc an design 1*16 or 2*8 nice one for a high-end board.....
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  • strikeback03 - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    These first SB chips aren't going to be the absolute high-end for Intel, see here: http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/cpu/intel/sand...

    So maybe there will be a further high-end chipset that supports more PCIe lanes for the true high-end SB once it launches.
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  • Stahn Aileron - Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - link

    I would think so. We (or at least I) haven't heard of any announcements concerning something like an X6x-series Chipset. (I would think X68 if Intel is keeping with it's chipset naming scheme since the 3-series.)

    If nevcairiel is correct regarding the all the arly CPUs coming with iGPUs, there's no real need for an X-series chipset board from Intel yet. Then again, that set of SB chips are coming with a new socket type. Maybe the high-end SB chips will come on LGA1366 and you can just re-use the X58 chipset. (Assuming Intel lives up to it's pledge of supporting 1366 for a while longer...Heaven forbid they release ANOTHER socket in so quickly again. I don't want to see an LGA1365 or something for high-end SB chips...)
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  • DanNeely - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    That's because like LGA1156 intel views LGA1155 as a mainstream platform. The high performance platform will transition from LGA1366 to LGA 2011 sometime around Q3 of next year. Reply
  • Stahn Aileron - Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - link

    Ah, crap...I forgot about LGA2011...And now that I saw this post and read up on Wikipedia, there will be an X68 chipset for the high-end... Reply
  • Veroxious - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    I agree about the price. I wish there was not such a big price differential between uATX and full ATX as well........... I hate uATX because they are usually very minimal and when the features are up to scratch the amount of PCI-E slots are lacking Reply
  • neoflux - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    Any details on ASUS's P8P67-I mini-ITX board? Specifically, is RAID built in and what Wi-fi specs are built in i.e. b, g, or n and then 2.4 and/or 5GHz?

    As seen here and here:
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/15/asus-sandy-brid...
    http://techreport.com/articles.x/19982
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  • neoflux - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    Also, why does it have HDMI, DVI, and VGA if the P67 series doesn't support on-board graphics? Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    At a guess in addition to all the other integrated stuff itemized, there's a low end amd/nVidia GPU hiding somewhere on the board. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Monday, November 15, 2010 - link

    Or the reported name could be incorrect, might be an H67 instead to take advantage of the graphics on the chip Reply

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