Asus P8P67M-Pro review

Packing a punch in a paltry form factor

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Our Verdict

An impressively speedy li'l board capable of keeping pace with the big boys

For

  • Decent price
  • Impressive performance
  • Full-featured UEFI BIOS

Against

  • Inevitably slightly cramped

Riffing on the 'small, but perfectly formed' design ethos, Asus P8P67M-Pro is packing a lot into its teeny, tiny footprint.

If you cast your mind back a few years, micro-ATX (mATX) boards were seen very much as the poor relations of the motherboard world, they didn't support the latest processors or chipset technologies and weren't exactly over blessed in the features department, either.

They were usually seen as a bit of an afterthought option to allow people to build small-scale PCs where performance came very low down on the list of priorities.

One look at the P8P67M-Pro from Asus though shows exactly where the small format motherboard is now in the consumers', and more importantly the manufacturers', consciousness.

Not only does it support Intel's latest Sandy Bridge technology – Intel's LGA 1155 Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors and the P67 Express chipset – it also backs these up with four DDR3 memory slots and a whole host of features normally associated with its full-sized siblings.

And all this despite the obvious compromises that have to be made because of its small sized PCB.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelP67(B3) Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
eSATAYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports8
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width243.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP8P67-M PRO
Product NameP8P67-M PRO Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberP8P67-M PRO R3.0
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports the Intel second generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 processors in LGA1155 package with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Package Contents
  • P8P67-M PRO Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • 2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s Cables
  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x Q-Shield
  • Support DVD
Limited Warranty3 Year