Introduction to the ASUS P8P67 Pro
Now that Sandy Bridge is here the whole world is buzzing about the web to see just what it is all about! Me personally, I have been browsing the web to see if it is worth upgrading my daily machine. The decision is still up in the air as you can’t really get a feel of a motherboard and its technology until you get it in your sweaty little hands, or get the chance to read about it on your favorite web site (oh, I see you are, well hi!). That is exactly what I am doing here today, getting a chance to play with it as well as sharing the information with you here today.
First, I will begin with saying that ASUS has made the decision easier for you with their new line of P67 chipset motherboards. So far we have spotted traces of the Maximus, Sabertooth, Deluxe, Pro, EVO and standard models of the new North Bridge line up. The three mentioned last will be the models we will be giving you reviews of here on Pro-Clockers.
The first motherboard we will take a look at is the P8P67 Pro, which will be ASUS’ performance motherboard for users on a budget, or in other words a top-shelf mainstream board. In the lineup it falls just under the Deluxe but above the EVO. The P8P67 Pro holds a few similarities to the P7P55 Deluxe we reviewed here, looks is the only thing they have in common. The new board sports a new chipset for Intel's also new Sandy Bridge processor: the P67 North Bridge. So, what does that mean for the consumer? Well, the PCIe 2.0 is increased from 2.5GT/s to 5GT/s, meaning the USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s connections will not hog up a lot of bandwidth as there is more to share. That is just the tip of the iceberg though, read on to find out more as we review this brand new ASUS motherboard utilizing Intel's brand new chipset and Core i5 2500K CPU!