Chipset delays aside, Sandy Bridge has been one of the most anticipated and impressive releases we’ve seen from Intel in recent years. The first wave of processors have demonstrated superior efficiency as they swept aside considerably more expensive processors of previous generations, while consuming even less power.
The Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K models have also delivered effortless overclocking potential without going for excessive price premiums.
When getting our first taste of the Sandy Bridge architecture we were also given the opportunity to check out some rather impressive looking Gigabyte motherboards in the P67A-UD4 and H67MA-UD2H. For those building a new high-end rig from the ground up, the LGA1155 platform looks like the way to go and there are already quite a few exciting new P67 motherboards to choose from.
Therefore we decided to put together a roundup featuring many of the very best P67 motherboards available. Back in November 2009 we published a similar article which focused on P55 motherboards ranging in price from $US120 to $US250. That particular review featured seven boards from the likes of Asrock, Asus, DFI, ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI.
That leaves us with the Asrock P67 Extreme6 ($US210), Asus P8P67 Deluxe ($US240), ECS P67H2-A2 ($US195), Gigabyte P67A-UD7 ($US330) and MSI P67A-GD55 ($US160). The motherboards will be put through the usual batch of tests, while we scrutinize its on-board features and compare their overclocking abilities side by side.
It’s a huge article, so please bear with us, or alternatively jump to whichever brand/model you are most interested about for in-depth coverage.
With an unlocked K-series processor, breaking the 4GHz barrier is no sweat for these P67 motherboards. In fact, all but the MSI P67A-GD55 were able to surpass 4.6GHz with the Asus P8P67 Deluxe maxing out at 4692MHz followed by the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 at 4646MHz. We were impressed to find that even the ECS P67H2-A2 reached 4600MHz. The results were astounding to say the least.
Power Consumption & Temperatures
Using Prime95 to stress all cores, the Asrock P67 Extreme6 provided the best results with the entire system consuming 185 watts. The ECS P67H2-A2 provided similar results with 186 watts as did the Asus P8P67 Deluxe at 188 watts.
Although the MSI P67A-GD55 consumed the least at idle, it was the second most power hungry board in our test with the total system consumption rising to 195 watts. The Gigabyte P67A-UD7 chugged even more power at 199 watts.
Check out the index below for the full article, all of the analysis, and the conclusion.
* Asrock P67 Extreme6 – Features
* Asrock P67 Extreme6 – Design
* Asrock P67 Extreme6 – UEFI
* Asus P8P67 Deluxe – Features
* Asus P8P67 Deluxe – Design
* Asus P8P67 Deluxe – UEFI
* ECS P67H2-A2 – Features
* ECS P67H2-A2 – Design
* ECS P67H2-A2 – UEFI
* Gigabyte P67A-UD7 – Features
* Gigabyte P67A-UD7 – Design
* Gigabyte P67A-UD7 – BIOS
* MSI P67A-GD55 – Features
* MSI P67A-GD55 – Design
* MSI P67A-GD55 – UEFI
* Test System Specs & Memory Performance
* Synthetic Performance
* Application Performance
* Encoding Performance
* USB 3.0 Performance
* Wrapping Things Up
Republished with permission from TechSpot.com.
Steven Walton is the chief hardware editor at TechSpot; he also runs his own review site Legion Hardware.
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