Board Features

ASUS P8P67 Pro
Market Segment Performance
CPU Interface LGA 1155
CPU Support i3/i5/i7 Sandy Bridge
Chipset P67
Base Clock Frequency 100 MHz, 80 MHz to 300 MHz in 0.1 MHz intervals
DDR3 Memory Speed 1333 MHz by default, 800-2133 MHz supported
Core Voltage Auto, 0.800V to 1.990V in 0.005V intervals
CPU Clock Multiplier Dependant on CPU
DRAM Voltage Auto, 1.20V to 2.20V in 0.00625V intervals
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1N to 3N
Memory Slots Four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots in dual-channel
Regular unbuffered DD3 memory
Up to 32GB total supported
Expansion Slots 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIe 1 and 2 operate at x16 in single mode or x8/x8 in dual; PCIe 3 operates in x4 mode)
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI slots
Supports ATI Crossfire
Supports NVIDIA SLI
Onboard SATA/RAID 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray) supporting RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue) supporting RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (navy blue) from Marvell 9120 (No RAID)
2 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (1 x Power eSATA) from JMicron JMB362
Onboard 4 x SATA 3 Gb/s w/ RAID
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s (2 w/ RAID)
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)
3 x USB 2.0/1/1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x EPU switch
1 x TPU switch
Onboard LAN Intel® 82579 Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard Audio Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel HD Audio
Power Connectors 24-pin EATX Power connector 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
Fan Headers 1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector (3-pin)
I/O Panel 1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
1 x Bluetooth module
2 x eSATA ports (1 x Power eSATA)
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x LAN (RJ45) ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O ports
UEFI Revision 1053 (Release UEFI)

In the Box

  • I/O shield
  • USB 3.0 rear bracket
  • SLI 2-slot bridge
  • 4 x right-angled SATA connectors

The USB 3.0 rear bracket connects in the board to the USB 3.0 header, and stretches across the GPUs and intended for the bracket position between the PCIe slots. The cord is just long enough for this, but this kit will not reach to other bracket positions if you already require that PCI slot between the PCIe slots and both PCIe x16 slots for GPUs.

Software

ASUS Ai Suite II

ASUS have wrapped all their OS features into one overall program, called Ai Suite II. Through this program, you can overclock, auto tune, enable/disable EPU, control the VRMs, control the fans, and update the UEFI. In my experience, it works rather well.

Ai Suite II initially comes up as a toolbar, and selecting one of the buttons creates a popup menu, from which you select the feature you want to use. This is a roundabout way of doing it; I would have preferred a tabbed system personally. The first screen is the TurboV EVO module, the heart of the TPU. On the fly BCLK, voltages, and CPU ratios are applicable here. Increasing various parameters results in them turning yellow, to see that they are all changed, and on clicking apply, all modifications are made. The only downside of this overclocking mode is in the inability to modify the RAM sub-timings on the fly.

The auto-tuning section is a one-button click. The program then restarts the computer, loads into the OS a couple of times, and stability tests the system. I like this feature – the i5-2500K went from 33x multiplier at 100 BCLK to 43x at 103.5 BCLK, giving a total overclock at 4.55 GHz. Every time I used it, it caused at least one blue screen, but as long as I left to its own devices, it provided a suitable overclock. I managed to get a better 24/7 overclock, which I describe in the overclock section, which means the auto-tuning could be considered a little conservative.

The EPU control panel gives the user greater control over the EPU, in terms of power saving. Alongside the fan controller, the user can adjust the level of power saving in terms of VCore, chipset voltages, HDD spin downs, etc. for when the computer isn’t doing anything too strenuous.

This software also allows complete temperature control of two of the fan headers. As shown below, we can describe the fan power curve against temperature in its entirety, or at preset levels provided by ASUS.

The BT GO! software allows Bluetooth connection with your smartphone (Android, Apple, Windows Mobile, Symbian). If you can download the BT Turbo Remote software from the respective marketplace, you can also overclock via your smartphone – despite being able to connect to BT GO! (and having very little options apart from music control), I was unable to download the BT Turbo Remote software from the Android marketplace. I am currently running a HTC Hero smartphone using a custom ROM to enable Android 2.2 functions. At the time of publication, this program was not available to me on the marketplace.

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  • jigglywiggly - Thursday, January 20, 2011 - link

    gr8 article and I liked the ending comparison to the asrock board, I'ma get that. Just has so many features. Reply
  • vol7ron - Thursday, January 20, 2011 - link

    Can't see getting P67. Waiting on Z67. Hopefully it will be all I ever dreamed of Reply
  • Kaboose - Thursday, January 20, 2011 - link

    Z68 they didn't stay with 67 on the "Z" chipset apparently. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, January 21, 2011 - link

    Possibly since LGA 2011 will also use DMI to connect to the chipset Z68 boards will be sold for both sockets; and presumably some of the more mundane chipsets would be used for server/workstation builds. Reply
  • Etern205 - Friday, January 21, 2011 - link

    LGA 2011 will use the X68 which is different than Z68.
    SB chipsets
    Highend: LGA 2011/X68
    Mainstream LGA 1155/Z68<--Allows for OCing.
    Reply
  • vol7ron - Saturday, January 22, 2011 - link

    Yep. It was either a typo or a finger fart :)

    Still, I'm hoping the processor batches will have improved by then. What I'm hoping for is the CPUs to mature a little bit, to possibly get a little higher BCLK overclock (not looking for much, just closer to the 5Mhz).
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  • DanNeely - Sunday, January 23, 2011 - link

    Don't hold your breath. The BCLK limit is most likely due to something on your PCI/PCIEe buses (neither of which are designed for any overclock at all) bombing out; not your CPU. Reply
  • medi01 - Friday, January 21, 2011 - link

    Suddenly, paying 150-200$ for a motherboard is OK.
    After all, it makes Intel CPUs "cheaper".
    Reply
  • MrSpadge - Sunday, January 23, 2011 - link

    It's been like that for a long time. But personally I never saw the value in expensive motherboards.

    MrS
    Reply
  • medi01 - Monday, January 24, 2011 - link

    I don't recall it "being like that" for AMD motherboards. Reply

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