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P67 Motherboard Roundup: Nine $150-200 Boards

P67 Motherboard Roundup: Nine $150-200 Boards
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Improved per-clock performance and higher achievable frequencies are sure to put Intel’s latest K-Series CPUs on top of many builders’ whish lists, but they’ll still need a new socket to put it in. We test nine enthusiast-oriented LGA-1155 motherboards.

Right now, anyone who just bought anything with an LGA 1156 interface is probably kicking themselves. Intel’s new Core i3/i5/i7-2000-series processors have the highest per clock, per-core performance we’ve ever seen. And better yet, the unlocked K-series models support the highest air-cooled overclocks we’ve ever seen. Within “normal” cooling limits, these processors even stand a chance of outgunning Intel’s ultra-expensive six-core chips, and the performance picture isn't even a contest in games that cannot use more than four cores.

The need for a new motherboard might be a slap in the face for anyone who sank significant cash into an LGA 1156-based platform thinking it might be upgradable for a while. But those who chose to wait, holding on to an older Core 2 Quad or a slower Phenom II, did so for good reason.

Nine products will make this a long review, so rather than discuss those things already covered by Chris and Patrick, let's jump straight to a features comparison.

Motherboard Features
 ASRock P67 Extreme4Asus P8P67 ProBiostar TP67XE
PCB Revision1.071.015.0
ChipsetIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 Express
Voltage RegulatorTen PhasesTwelve PhasesTen Phases
BIOSM1.20A (12/14/2010)0803 (11/23/2010)A2 (11/12/2010)
100.0 MHz BCLK100.4 MHz (+0.4%)100.0 MHz (+0.0%)100.1 (+0.1%)
Clock GeneratorP67 IntegratedP67 IntegratedP67 Integrated
Internal Interfaces
PCIe x163 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
PCIe x1/x42/02/0 (Shared with x4)2/0
Legacy PCI222
USB 2.03 (6-ports)3 (6-ports)3 (6-ports)
USB 3.01 (2-ports)1 (2-ports)None
IEEE-1394111
Serial Port1None1
Parallel PortNoneNoneNone
FloppyYesNoNo
Ultra-ATA 133NoneNoneNone
SATA 3.0 Gb/s443
SATA 6.0 Gb/s442
4-Pin Fan221
3-Pin Fan422
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioNoNoNo
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyOutput OnlyOutput Only
Power ButtonYesNoYes
Reset ButtonYesNoYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyJumper OnlyJumper Only
Diagnostics PanelNumeric
Pass/Fail LEDsNumeric
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 2221
USB 2.0666
USB 3.0222
IEEE-1394111
NetworkSingleSingleSingle
eSATA121
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesNoNo
Digital Audio OutOptical + CoaxialOptical + CoaxialOptical + Coaxial
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio666
Other DevicesNoneBluetooth TransceiverNone
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
3 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-In SATAMarvell 9120 PCIe
1 x SATA 6Gb/s
1 x SATA/eSATA shared
Marvell 9120 PCIe
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
JMicron JMB362
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
None
Add-In Ultra ATANoneNoneNone
USB 3.02 x EtronTech EJ168A2 x NEC D720200F11 x NEC D720200F1
IEEE-1394VT6315N PCIe
2 x 400 Mb/s
VT6308P PCI
2 x 400 Mb/s
VT6315N PCIe
2 x 400 Mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111E PCIeIntel WG82579V PHYRTL8111DL PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC892ALC892ALC892
DDL/DTS ConnectNoneNoneNone
Motherboard Features
 ECS P67H2-A2Foxconn P67A-SGigabyte P67A-UD4
PCB Revision1.01.01.0
ChipsetIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 Express
Voltage RegulatorNine PhasesFour Phases14 Phases
BIOS101022BS (10/22/2010)AF46F1016 (11/22/2010)F2 (10/22/2010)
100.0 MHz BCLK99.8 (-0.2%)99.8 (-0.2%)99.8 (-0.2%)
Clock GeneratorP67 IntegratedP67 IntegratedP67 Integrated
Internal Interfaces
PCIe x162 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
PCIe x1/x41/03/03/0
Legacy PCI222
USB 2.03 (6-ports)3 (6-ports)3 (6-ports)
USB 3.01 (2-ports)None1 (2-ports)
IEEE-1394NoneNoneNone
Serial Port111
Parallel PortNoneNoneNone
FloppyNoNoNo
Ultra-ATA 133None1 (2-drives)None
SATA 3.0 Gb/s444
SATA 6.0 Gb/s422
4-Pin Fan132
3-Pin Fan202
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioNoNoNo
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyNoOutput Only
Power ButtonYesYesNo
Reset ButtonYesYesNo
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyJumper OnlyJumper Only
Diagnostics PanelNumericNumericNone
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 2111
USB 2.0868
USB 3.0222
IEEE-1394NoneNoneNone
NetworkDual (w/Teaming)SingleSingle
eSATA222
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesNoNo
Digital Audio OutOpticalOptical + CoaxialOptical + Coaxial
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio566
Other DevicesNoneNoneNone
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-In SATA2 x Marvell 9128 PCIe
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
2 x RAID 0, 1
Marvell 6121 PCIe
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
Marvell 9128 PCIe
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
2 x RAID 0, 1
Add-In Ultra ATANoneMarvell 6121 PCIeNone
USB 3.02 x EtronTech EJ168A1 x NEC D720200F12 x NEC D720200F1
IEEE-1394NoneNoneNone
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111E PCIeRTL8111E PCIeRTL8111E PCIe
Secondary LANRTL8111E PCIeNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC892ALC888SALC892
DDL/DTS ConnectNoneNoneDolby Digital Live
Motherboard Features
 Intel DP67BGJetway HI08MSI P67A-GD65
PCB Revision010.12.0
NorthbridgeIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 ExpressIntel P67 Express
Voltage RegulatorEight Phases14 PhasesEight Phases
BIOS1780 (11/29/2010)T07 (11/30/2010)1.5B2
100.0 MHz BCLK99.8 MHz (-0.20%)99.8 MHz (-0.20%)99.8 MHz (-0.20%)
Clock GeneratorP67 IntegratedP67 IntegratedP67 Integrated
Internal Interfaces
PCIe  x162 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
PCIe x1/x43/01/03/0
Legacy PCI222
USB 2.03 (6-ports)2 (4-ports)1 (2-ports)
USB 3.0NoneNone1 (2-ports)
IEEE-13941None1
Serial PortNone11
Parallel PortNone1None
FloppyNoNoNo
Ultra-ATA 133NoneNoneNone
SATA 3.0 Gb/s444
SATA 6.0 Gb/s224
4-Pin Fan411
3-Pin Fan014
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD-AudioNoYesYes
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyOutput OnlyOutput Only
Power ButtonYesYesYes
Reset ButtonYesYesYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonConfig Mode JumperJumper OnlyJumper Only
Diagnostics PanelNumericNumericNone
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 2None11
USB 2.0888
USB 3.0222
IEEE-13941None1
NetworkSingleSingleSingle
eSATA1None2
CLR_CMOS ButtonBack To BIOSYesYes
Digital Audio OutOpticalOptical + CoaxialOptical + Coaxial
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio566
Other DevicesNoneNoneNone
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
2 x SATA 6Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-In SATAMarvell 6111 PCIe
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
NoneMarvell 9128 PCIe
2 x SATA 6Gb/s (RAID)
JMicron JMB362 PCIe
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
Add-In Ultra ATANoneNoneNone
USB 3.0NEC D720200F1ASMedia ASM10422 x NEC D720200F1
IEEE-1394TSB43AB22A PCI
2 x 400 Mb/s
NoneVIA VT6308P PCI
2 x 400 Mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANIntel WG82579V PHYIntel WG82579LM PHYRTL8111E PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC892ALC888Realtek ALC892
DDL/DTS ConnectUnspecifiedNoneNone
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    damian86 , 12 January 2011 04:53
    Very nice article, could you please,if possible, test the maximus IV extreme and add the results to the list? It would be great to see what it can do!

    Cheers

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    chechak , 17 January 2011 03:48
    Intel P67 Express just support 2(x16/x0 or x8/x8)
    or 3(x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) NO x16/x16 gamers don't need it!
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