Introduction to the ASRock P67 Pro3 Socket 1155 Motherboard
Over the 6 months there has been a lot of talk of what the new Sandy Bridge technology would be all about. Surprisingly, most of the third hand information we received was pretty accurate. We knew the manufacturing process was 32nm, so that was no big surprise, and we knew that the processors for the 1155 socket would begin with a ‘2’ in their model numbers. We even knew the cache, cores and speeds. Truth be told, there wasn't much that was left for us to find out.
Except for one thing: the Sandy Bridge's performance. But now all that excitement is here and in the palm of our hands, and we can show you what it has to offer. Will the new socket 1155 Core i3, i5 and i7 processors perform as well as their 1156 socket predecessor? Will the price of having to purchase a new motherboard be worth it? If so, how long will it be before we are doing this all over again? These are precisely the questions we will try to answer for you in these coming days! We started it off with reviews of the ASUS P8P67 and P8P67 Pro, but while their price point is aimed at the mainstream market, it may not quite fit everyone's upgrade budget.
In order to begin we have our first board that is squarely targeted at the budget minded individual. The ASRock P67 Pro3 is the middle of the road motherboard, still offering quite a bit in the form of technology and features, but does not go over the top as to keep it at an affordable price point. Offering a powerful V8 + 2 power phase configuration, support for the unlocked multiplier ‘K’ series processors, USB 3.0 and even SATA III. Anyone looking at the Pro3 will definitely get a solid motherboard with a whole lot of bells and whistles.