ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 Motherboard Review

Through the P8P67 EVO, ASUS brings a board to the table that raises the bar on its other offerings. Not only does this motherboard perform like a champ, it is packed to the gills with features and integrated functionalities. At less than $165 after MIR, it shows to be a solid value.

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Overclocking

While the Intel P67 series boards are not known for base clock overclocking capabilities, I was able to push the P8P67 EVO to the limits we have come to expect from these solutions. I was able to take the Intel 2500K processor to a 4.8GHz running speed, with the Corsair Vengeance modules running alongside at a cool 1960MHz. This was accomplished using a 105MHz base clock speed, and with the help of a Koolance CPU-360 CPU cooler and a tri-fan radiator, all running off of a Corsair Nautilus 500. System stability required the following settings to be enforced: 11-11-11-32-2T memory timing settings, 46x CPU ratio, 1.625V memory voltage, 1.485V CPU voltage, 1.30V System Agent (VccSA) voltage, 1.30V QPI (VccIO) voltage, 2.00V CPU PLL voltage, and 1.26 PCH voltage.

4.8GHz CPU speed and 1960MHz memory speed with 105MHz base clock

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Conclusion

Morry's Thoughts:

The P8P67 EVO was bred to be a champion, based on an award winning design and layout taken from ASUS' range of other Intel P67 and Z68 based motherboards. While not marketed to be the same caliber as the ASUS RoG line (Republic of Gamers), the P8P67 EVO certainly performs as if it were.

I could find no issues or potential problems with the board's design, with its layout well thought out. All the normal hotspots were taken care of as well, and ASUS even chose to give you a free PCI-Express x1 slot to use with all video slots filled. If you're in the market for a P67 based system, give this board a hard look, you won't be sorry.

Kyle's Thoughts:

ASUS has truly raised the bar when it comes to motherboard design and build in the last few years. The company seems to be on a roll where it cannot put out a bad product. The ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 continued this trend. BIOS flash was perfect from a USB flash drive. OS install was perfect from a USB flash drive. Turbo Scaling does "cheat" on this board like all other new ASUS products when making the smallest BIOS changes, but we will not beat that horse as enthusiasts likely do not care. SpeedStep does however work on this board down-clocking the CPU to 1600MHz at idle.

The auto-overclocking function on this board worked better than most ASUS boards we have seen in the past. In just a few minutes we were computing along at 4.43GHz at 1.30v and a 1648 memory speed with our 2600K and Corsair Vengeance memory. Doing some simply overclocking simply by raising the clock multiplier with the voltage settings at AUTO netted some very good results as well. 4.8GHz was solid at 1.45vCore. We got our 2600K to 5GHz at an auto voltage of 1.504v! That may seem a bit excessive...or not. Still impressive to do it with ONLY changing the multiplier.

The only bad point about the ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 is giving it an award. I don't think it is a Gold board, but it is certainly worthy of Silver attention. Looking back we have given ASUS motherboards 11 awards out of 12 motherboards reviewed. And honestly, I think to myself, we need to raise the bar higher on ASUS, but even with that in mind the company continually impresses me. A 5GHz OC with multiplier adjustment alone on the part of the user? Hell it might be dangerous at 1.5vCore, but that still kicks ass.

The Bottom Line

ASUS once again solidifies a great enthusiast motherboard purchase with the ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0. The ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0 shows to be a great value at $164.99 after $20 MIR[/URL]. If you are looking at putting on a giant heatsink, you might be a bit careful about the footprint due to the rather large motherboard component heatsinks on the ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0. This LGA 1155 motherboard is good for just anyone, and very affordable.

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ASUS P8P67 EVO REV 3.0

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