Asus P8P67 Pro B3 review

A safe and affordable motherboard for next-gen Intel chips

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Our Verdict

Capital performance and features, but the B3 revision shouldn't cost this much more.

For

  • Great CPU performance
  • Capable overclocker
  • Handy Bluetooth BIOS control

Against

  • Price boost
  • Less comprehensive settings than Maximus IV Extreme

Overview

For those that have kept up with the motherboard scene lately, the release of the Asus P8P67 Pro might look like old news. It was in fact originally released in January, in parallel with Intel's Sandy Bridge chips hitting the market.

On release it seemed a pretty solid socket 1155 board to pair with the new range of CPUs, but then Intel went and announced "technical issues" with its 6-series chipset (codenamed Cougar Point), which affected SATA II ports and caused long-term degradation of SATA devices. Cue massive recall, widespread pandemonium, skies turning a deep crimson and the dead walking the earth... Alright, just the recall. But still.

The Asus P8P67 Pro B3 is technically an issue-proof motherboard. The 'B3' refers to the chipset revision. It offers the exact same features of the original P8P67 Pro, only the SATA issue is fixed. Why the devil then, is it so much more expensive now?

The mark-up of B3 boards extends beyond Asus to just about any manufacturer with a socket 1155 board on the market. It's not right to point fingers without being able to establish who initiated it, but at a consumer level it's plain unfair.

Features

Soapbox time over. It's sturdy enough, supports four-way discrete GPU arrays and a huge chunk of RAM without making too much of a fuss of its visual design. No zany heatsink designs here, just diligent cooling.

Super-fast connectors of the USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps variety are available if not abundant, sporting four of the former and two of the latter. In short, it has all the features you'd expect from a sub-£200 board. There are a few pleasing extras, though.

First, there's the EFI BIOS you'll find with any Sandy Bridge chipset. It makes the BIOS screen look friendlier, recognises boot devices of over 2TB and adds mouse support.

The P8P67 Pro's settings aren't quite as comprehensive as its big brother the Maximus IV Extreme, but there are sufficient overclocking options to squeeze a large glass of extra performance juice from your CPU, either by tweaking global multiplier settings or through Turbo ratios (if you have an unlocked K series chip).

On test

Asus's Maximus IV Extreme RoG is a fine board, if a bit of a mouthful. Little brother P8P67 Pro B3 is, as little brothers so often are, keen to mimic big bro's performances.

Considering the price difference, it comes damn close. These figures are stock. Overclocked, it comes even closer.

Video encoding performance

X264 v2: Frames per second – higher is better
Asus P8P67 Pro B3: 32
Asus Maximus IV: 35

CineBench 10: seconds – quicker is better
Asus P8P67 Pro B3: 38
Asus Maximus IV: 35

DX10 gaming performance

WiC: Frames per second – higher is better
Asus P8P67 Pro B3: 95
Asus Maximus IV: 96

Verdict

We were able to run our 2600K at a stable 4.5GHz with the Pro B3, which is commendable for this end of the price spectrum.

The Bluetooth receiver is a nice touch too, allowing remote overclocking via your smartphone or tablet. Value for money, then, is the premium consideration here, albeit with a few perks. If we ignore that earlier rant about the B3 revision mark-up, this board delivers truckloads of the stuff.

Performance is comparable to the flagship Maximus IV in terms of CPU grunt and gaming, and there's a huge wad of cash separating the two.

Unfortunately, the inflated price means we can't quite recommend this as much as we'd like to. With the imminent release of Z68 chipsets that offer the best of both current H67 and P67 boards, it makes more sense to hold out a bit longer before buying the ideal home for your Sandy Bridge chip.

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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