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P67 Motherboard Roundup


Closer Look:

Whereas the ASUS and MSI BIOSs are elaborate EFI based BIOSs, the P67H2-A still comes with the old standby that has served us well over the years - an American Megatrends BIOS. The BIOS on this board is functional and allows for some nice overclocks once you figure out which items to adjust. Sure you don't have the "New Hotness" here but the old does just fine thank you!

The Main section of this BIOS is pretty slim and shows the system time, system date and the BIOS language of choice. The Advanced section contains several options including the CPU configuration, LAN Configuration and the setup options for ECS's eJiffy application. Under power management setup is where the fan setting and profiles are adjusted along with monitoring of the CPU temperature. Something that proves useful just in case you forgot to hook up the fan for the CPU or it is obstructed by a wire or just fails.










The Chipset tab contains little in the way of functionality. Under the Northbridge submenu is the ability to set the order in which the GPU's are polled during POST. The Southbridge submenu allows the onboard audio solution to be enabled or disabled as well as setting the power reset status. The ME Sub System shows the version and the ability to enable or disable this feature.



The M.I.B. X section of the BIOS is where the overclocking will be done with this board. The options are fairly slim by comparison to the ASUS and MSI boards but the functionality is there. The one item missing is the PLL over voltage function available on the ASUS and MSI boards in this round up. This one setting alone is required for some of the 2500-2600K processors to reach over a 44 multiplier. The memory timings are limited to the four primary timings.



The last three pages are again fairly slim with BOOT allowing the boot order to be set along with the keyboard numlock status. The security tab is where you would set a supervisor password and the Save and Exit tab is where the default or optimized BIOS settings can be forced on.



There was enough functionality to get the job done although the memory settings could not be changed without a boot failure. Something a later revision of the BIOS is sure to fix although swapping to a different set of modules mitigated the problem.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Asus P8P67 WS Revolution
  3. Closer Look: Asus P8P67 Pro
  4. Closer Look: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme
  5. Closer Look: ECS P67H2-A
  6. Closer Look: MSI P67A-GD65
  7. Closr Look: Utilities
  8. Closer Look: ASUS uEFI BIOS
  9. Closer Look: ECS BIOS
  10. Closer Look: MSI EFI BIOS
  11. Specifications and Features: ASUS
  12. Specifications and Features: ECS
  13. Specifications and Features: MSI
  14. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  15. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench 2.1, Bibble 5
  16. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  17. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  18. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  19. Testing: Aliens vs Predator
  20. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  21. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  22. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  23. Testing: 3 Way CrossfireX vs. SLI Scaling
  24. Conclusion
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