Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i5 2500K ES
4 cores, 4 threads, 6MB L3
Motherboards ASUS P8P67
Cooling Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme with one 120MM fan
Power Supply Silverstone 1000W Silver (Power Testing)
OCZ ZX Series 1250w 80 PLUS Gold 
Memory Patriot Viper Extreme DDR3-2000MHz 9-11-9-27 2x4GB - 1.65v
Memory Settings DDR3-1333MHz - 9-9-9-24 1T at 1.65v
Video Cards Sapphire HD 5850 1GB
Video Drivers Catalyst 10.12
Hard Drive Crucial C300
Optical Drive Samsung SH-S223Q
Case Dimastech Bench Table
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit
SATA Testing Crucial C300
USB 2/3 Testing Patriot 64GB SuperSonic USB 3.0

Note - we will be moving to more recent drivers soon.  We still use the 10.12 at the minute to keep parity between motherboard reviews, but this will be updated in the near future.

Comparison to Previous Results:

Where applicable, the results in this review are directly compared to the following chipsets and boards which we have reviewed previously:
P67 H67 Z68 A75 A50M
P67 Extreme4
P8Z68-V Pro
A75 Extreme6
E35M1-I Deluxe
P8P67 Pro
P67 Extreme6
Power Consumption

Power consumption was tested on the system as a whole with a wall meter connected to the power supply, while in a dual GPU configuration.  This method allows us to compare the power management of the UEFI and the board to supply components with power under load, and includes typical PSU losses due to efficiency.  These are the real world values that consumers may expect from a typical system (minus the monitor) using this motherboard.

Power Consumption - Dual GPU

CPU Temperatures

With most users running boards on purely default BIOS settings, we are running at default settings for the CPU temperature tests.  This is, in our outward view, an indication of how well (or how adventurous) the vendor has their BIOS configured on automatic settings.  With a certain number of vendors not making CPU voltage, turbo voltage or LLC options configurable to the end user, which would directly effect power consumption and CPU temperatures at various usage levels, we find the test appropriate for the majority of cases. This does confict somewhat with some vendors' methology of providing a list of 'suggested' settings for reviewers to use.  But unless those settings being implemented automatically for the end user, all these settings do for us it attempt to skew the results, and thus provide an unbalanced 'out of the box' result list to the readers who will rely on those default settings to make a judgement.  

CPU Temperatures

The temperatures which I recorded are higher than motherboards from other manufacturers in a similar price bracket.

Board Features, In The Box and Software System Benchmarks


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  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    How are raid 5/10 supposed to work on the two gray SATA6GB ports? You need 3/4 drives to implement those levels. Reply
  • IanCutress - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    The ASUS website suggests you can build an array across all the PCH SATA3/6 ports, just not the controller ones.

  • JonnyDough - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    Well that seems silly if your array only runs at SATA II speeds... Reply
  • LtGoonRush - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    How many people are going to be building RAID arrays out of more than two SATA600 SSDs? No HDD can even approach SATA300 speeds so it's not really an issue . Reply
  • etamin - Friday, September 09, 2011 - link

    HDD burst speeds (reads) can surpass 3gbps. I just saw an article showing the Hitachi DeskStar 3TB 7K3000 can burst to about 5gbps...and just because you don't use more than two drives in a RAID array doesn't mean other people don't. Reply
  • WillR - Saturday, September 10, 2011 - link

    He didn't say other people don't. He implied only few do. This is a $150 board, not an enthusiast model. Anyone willing to shell out a couple grand on their SSDs alone should look elsewhere for a board, or more likely an add-on PCI-e x8 card with REAL RAID support, to better suit their needs. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    Ok, that would make sense. The review could be clearer on the point though. Reply
  • Taft12 - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    mdadm Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    Soft-raid is completely chipset irrelevant. Reply
  • hurrakan - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the review.

    But I wish it was a review of the P8P67 Pro... specifically the new 3.1 revision with USB 3 controllers by Asmedia (instead of NEC).

    I prefer single-card graphics anyway - my GTX580 is enough for now :) Consoles have been holding back PC gaming for too long - PC games aren't very demanding on hardware these days :(

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