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P67 Roundup Part Two

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Testing this group of P67-based motherboards will include running them through the OCC test suite of benchmarks that include both synthetic benchmarks and real world applications to see how each of these boards perform. The gaming tests will also include a couple of synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay to see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. Each board received a fully updated fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition and used the latest drivers for each board and the latest AMD Catayst drivers for the HD 5870. In light of the recent announcement from Intel, each board has been re-tested using the SATA 6Gb/s ports.

Testing Setup: Intel Core i5/i7 Socket 1155


Comparison Boards:

  • ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution
  • ASUS P8P67 Pro
  • ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
  • ECS P67H2-A
  • Intel DP67BG
  • MSI Z68A-GD80


Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K at 102.8 x 46 = 4728MHz
  • Motherboard: Sapphire P67 Pure Black

Overclocking the Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra was slightly different than what we've gotten used to, do to the fact that it is still using AMI BIOS. Getting higher clock speeds was a little bit trickier with this board, but in the end we were able to see a decent overclock of 4728MHz. The Sapphire TriXX utility doesn't have as many features as you'd find in the BIOS, but it still allows for some nice on-the-fly tweaks.


  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K at 105 x 46 = 4830MHz
  • Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH

Overclocking the second generation i7 processors is nothing like overclocking the original i7s. Instead of pushing the BCLK to insanely high frequencies, you rely primarily on the multiplier. This in itself has allowed many people to hit ridiculous speeds on air cooling, which is always a fun thing to see! We've recently seen quite a few overclocks on ASUS boards and each of them was upwards of 4900MHz, so we should be able to expect that the SABERTOOTH will overclock just as well. In the end, the board was able to give us a core clock of 4830MHz, which isn't as good as what we've been seeing from ASUS boards. However, it's still a tasty increase.


  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2600K at 103.2 x 47 = 4849MHz
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE

Overclocking the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe was a lot like overclocking the ASUS SABERTOOTH, as it should be considering they use the same uEFI BIOS. The TurboV worked beautifully, easily scaling the chip up to 4.4GHz because the internal PLL voltage override is not an adjustment that is made in the overclocking algorithm. After a plethora of tweaks and stability testing, we were able to see a nice stable overclock at 4849MHz, just slightly faster than what we saw from the ASUS SABERTOOTH.



  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. Bibble 5
  3. WinRAR
  4. Geekbench
  5. Office 2007
  6. POV Ray 3.7
  7. PCMark Vantage Professional
  8. Sandra XII
  9. ScienceMark 2.02
  10. Cinebench 10
  11. Cinebench 11.5
  12. HD Tune 4.60
  • Video:
  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark Vantage

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