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P67 Roundup Part Two

Price: $199-$225


In our last P67 roundup, we looked at a total of five P67 motherboards. This time around, we'll be taking a look at three more P67 boards; the Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra, ASUS SABERTOOTH P67, and ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. So what can we expect to see from these P67 boards? We should hopefully see all the standard features of P67 boards. On the ASUS boards we will also see some extra features like DIGI+ VRM, Dual BIOS, and BT. GO. The Sapphire board is not your standard P67 board either — it is equipped with a Lucid Logix Hydra engine. Lucid Logix's technology is something I've been very interested in since it was announced, so I always like to see it being used. However, I do wish the performance and support were just a little better. With that being said, let's put these boards to the test and find out what each one can do!

Closer Look:

The Sapphire P67 Pure Black is the board that most intrigues me in this roundup. Sapphire is more widely known for manufacturing AMD video cards, but we have looked at a few of its motherboards in the past. The Black series in particular have always been great performers, so we should be able to expect nothing less from the P67 Pure Black. The board is equipped with multi-graphics capabilities, as well as a Lucid Logix Hydra engine. While Sapphire's P67 Pure Black might be the board I find the most intriguing, the board that I find the coolest is the ASUS SABERTOOTH. This is a widely known, and very popular board, partly because it is equipped with TUF Thermal Armor and Radar, and partly because it just looks awesome! Along with the advanced cooling solution, the SABERTOOTH is also equipped with ASUS' DIGI+ VRM, E.S.P. Efficient Switching Power Design, and TUF Components (Alloy Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; Certified by Military-standard). The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe also shares some of these high quality components, which should make both of the ASUS boards "TUF" competition.







Now let's take a closer look at each board.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire P67 Pure Black Hydra
  3. Closer Look: ASUS P67 SABERTOOTH
  4. Closer Look: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
  5. Closer Look: Utilities
  6. Closer Look: Sapphire BIOS
  7. Closer Look: ASUS uEFI BIOS
  8. Specifications and Features: Sapphire
  9. Specifications and Features: ASUS
  10. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  11. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  12. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  13. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  14. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  15. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  16. Testing: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  17. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  19. Conclusion
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