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Asus Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review
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asus sabertooth motherboardToday we look at the Asus Sabertooth P67 Socket 1155 motherboard. The first thing that usually comes to mind when you think Sabertooth is an image of a ferocious powerful cat that can withstand the toughest of conditions. This is exactly what you want in a performance gaming motherboard. So what will we think when we hear Sabertooth P67? Will it bring to mind a weak, feeble motherboard not capable of surviving? Or will it be a strong, fast and resilient board that can stand the test of time? Let's put it through the paces and find out:

 

 

 

Provided by: Asus

Price: $219.99

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Features and Specifications:

TUF /tΛf/, stands for The Ultimate Force.

The TUF series delivers a “tough” image. With the unique design & high quality components (military-standard), TUF series is born for pursuing the preeminent stability, all-round compatibility, and extreme durability

"Ultimate COOL!" Thermal Solution

TUF Thermal Armor

Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation
The TUF Thermal Armor is the world’s first ever thermal design for the entire motherboard, not just for select critical areas. It safeguards the system against hot air generated by connected cards and components, keeping temps down. With its sophisticated and agile integrated shunt design, the Thermal Armor improves cool air circulation, directing it towards every important part for a complete motherboard cool down. It effectively conducts hot air away and out of the case through special airflow channels, contributing to enhanced system stability and extending component lifespan.

TUF Thermal Radar

Real Time Temp Detection and Heat Removal
The TUF Thermal Radar monitors temps in critical parts of the motherboard in real time, automatically adjusting fan speeds to make sure the system maintains high stability without overheating. It consists of multiple sensors for various components on the motherboard, giving users the ability to monitor each one individually. The Thermal Radar automatically calculates ideal fan speeds based on different parameters selected by users for each component, keeping everything cooler and longer lasting.

"TUF ENGINE!" Power Design

DIGI+ VRM

Herald the Arrival of a New Digital Power Design Era
The new ASUS DIGI+ VRM design upgrades motherboard power delivery to a digital standard. The 8+2 digital architecture provides the highest power efficiency, generating less heat to enhance longer component lifespan and ensure minimal powerloss. With ASUS DIGI+ VRM, users can easily adjust power phase performance, enabling new PWM voltage and frequency modulation controls. Digital 8+2 power phase design also expands the modulation spectrum for improved stability and lower VRM switching noise by dynamically detecting system load, empowering users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability, and greater power efficiency.

E.S.P. Efficient Switching Power Design

Optimal power efficiency for key components
Exclusively for this motherboard, the switching power design is provided not only for the CPU and memory, but also for other key components such as graphics cards, LAN and USB 3.0. E.S.P. dramatically improves system efficiency and reduces heat generation.


TUF Components (Alloy Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; Certified by Military-standard)

Certified for Tough Duty
Get rugged performance even in the most challenging conditions with robust TUF chokes, solid capacitors, and MOSFETs--certified through third-party, military-grade testing. TUF Chokes, also known as the “Alloy Choke”, is a made of a compound of various types of metal instead standard iron, enables the support of up to a massive 40A of rated current, 25% higher than conventional component. Furthermore, the single piece packaing also elimates the emission of virbation noise, delivering superb charactoristics as well as durability under extreme conditions.
> Learn more on test report

"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel

MemOK!

Any Memory is A-OK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!

ESD Guards

Unique protection of motherboard components from unexpected electrostatic discharges (ESD)
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly and its damaging effects is often underestimated. Exclusive ASUS anti-static chip, a protective circuit design, and the I/O shield provides four times better protection to extend component lifespan.

 

Latest Transfer Technology

Extra SATA 6Gb/s Supports

Extra Ports, Extra Speed and Accessibility
The Intel® P67 Express chipset natively supports the next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) interface, delivering up to 6Gb/s data transfer. ASUS provides extra SATA 6Gb/s ports with enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of current bus systems.


Front Panel USB 3.0 Support

Convenient USB 3.0 Front Panel Compatibility
ASUS provides standardized USB 3.0 front panel support, compatible with any chassis. Enjoy faster throughput of USB 3.0 without relegating cables or devices to the hard-to-reach rear I/O.


Complete USB 3.0 Solution

Double USB access, double convenience
ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - 4 USB 3.0 ports in total. Experience the latest plug & play connectivity at speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The SABERTOOTH P67 affords greater convenience to high speed connectivity.


CPU, Chipset, Memory and Graphics features

LGA1155 socket for Intel® Second Generation Core™ i7/ Core™ i5/ Core™ i3 Processors

This motherboard supports the latest Intel® second generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) 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.

Intel® P67 Express Chipset

The Intel® P67 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design to support new socket 1155 Intel® second generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the P67 provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support!

Flexible Multi-GPU solutions, Your Weapon of Choice!
SABERTOOTH P67 brings multi-GPU configurations through both SLI™ and CrossFireX. This motherboard features the powerful Intel P67 platform, optimizing PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand new gaming style like you’ve never experienced before!

Dual-Channel DDR3 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 support

The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

SABERTOOTH P67 Product Overview

CPUIntel® Socket 1155 for Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor/ 
Support Intel® 32nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types 
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list 
ChipsetIntel® P67(B3) Express Chipset
Memory4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* According to Intel® SPEC, the Max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market. 
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details. 
* Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 1600 MHz frequency as default. 
* Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL.
Expansion Slots2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) 
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 
1 x PCI
Multi-GPU SupportSupports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology 
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
StorageIntel® P67(B3) Express Chipset 
2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (brown)
4 xSATA 3Gb/s ports (black) 
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10 
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller 
2 xSATA 6Gb/s ports (gray) 
JMicron® JMB362 SATA controller 
1 xPower eSATA 3Gb/s port (green) 
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (red)
LANIntel® 82579 Gigabit LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
AudioRealtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound 
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection 
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking 
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
IEEE 1394VIA® VT6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USBNEC USB 3.0 controllers
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board for front panel support; 2 ports at back panel [blue])
Intel® P67(B3) Express Chipset
- 14 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
ASUS Unique FeaturesExclusive TUF Features 
"Ultimate COOL!" Thermal Solution 
- TUF Thermal Armor 
- TUF Thermal Radar 
"TUF ENGINE!" Power Design 
- 8+2 Digital Phase Power Design 
- TUF Components (Alloy choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard) 
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility 
- E.S.P. : Efficient Switching Power Design 
"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel 
- ESD Guards 
- MemOK! 
- Anti Surge 

Other Special Features 
- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support 
- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface 
- AI Suite II 
- ASUS Q-Connector 
- ASUS Q-Shield 
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) 
- ASUS Q-Slot 
- ASUS Q-DIMM 
- ASUS O.C. Profile 
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
- ASUS EZ Flash 2 
- ASUS MyLogo 2 
- Multi-language BIOS 
Back Panel I/O Ports1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port 
1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (red)
1 x Power eSATA 3Gb/s port (green)
1 x IEEE 1394a 
1 x LAN(RJ45) port(s) 
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical) 
8 -Channel Audio I/O 
Internal I/O Connectors1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector(s) supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin; moss green)
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector(s) support additional 6 USB ports
1 x MemOK! button
4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors ( 2 x gray; 2 x brown)
4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s (black)
1 x IEEE 1394a connector 
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4-pin)
2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin)
1 x Assistant Fan connector (3-pin) 
1 x S/PDIF Out connector 
24-pin EATX Power connector 
8-pin EATX 12V Power connector 
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x COM connector
1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper 
BIOS32 Mb Flash ROM , EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
ManageabilityWfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
AccessoriesUser's manual
2 x SATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s cables
1 x Q-Shield 
1 x Q-Connecor (2 in 1)
1 x ASUS SLI bridge cable 
1 x TUF Certification card 
1 x TUF 5 Year Warranty manual (by region) 
4 x screws for Assistant Fan
Support DiscDrivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor

ATX Form Factor 
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm ) 

 

 

Testing Setup:


Testing:

Overclock was pushed to 4.0 Ghz without any issues:

Sisoft Sandra:

 ArithmeticDhrystone (GIPS)
Whetstone (GLOPS)
 Sabertooth P67
 138 83
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 156 122
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3
 128 83
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 Oc
 157 93
 Multicore Bandwidth (GB/s)
Latency (ms)
 Sabertooth P67 21 42
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 24 39
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3
 22 41
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 24 37
 Memory Bandwidth
 Integer (GB/s)
Float (GB/s)
 Sabertooth P67 17.4417.46
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 17.717.7
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 17.7 17.7
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 17.7 17.7
 Memory Latency
 Nanoseconds
 Sabertooth P67 74
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 69
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 72
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 69.8
 Cache and Memory
 GB/s
 Sabertooth P67 98
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 106
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 98
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 105
 FIle Systems
 Drive (MB/s)
Random Access (ms)
 Sabertooth P67 197 1
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 197 0.9
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 210 1
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 211 1
 Physical Disks
 Index (MB/s)
Random Access (us)
 Sabertooth P67 238 80
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 238 80
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 254 68
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 256 49
 Power Management Efficiency
 GLIPS (GB/s)
 Sabertooth P67 16.2
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 15.8
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 16.3
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 15.6



Aida 64 Cache & Memory:

 Sabertooth P67
 Read (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
Copy (MB/s)
 Latency (ns)
Memory 1627818423
18330
5.3
L1 Cache
 11872859353
118689
1
L2 Cache
 67185 5909356704
3.2
L3 Cache 3143924102
28578
5.5

 

Sabertooth P67 OC Read (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
Copy (MB/s)
 Latency (ns)
Memory 1670719481
18456
52.6
L1 Cache
 12794163955
127892
1
L2 Cache
 72484383352 61154
3
L3 Cache 3835428283
35329
4.9

 

 P8P67 Pro Revision 3  Read (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
Copy (MB/s)
 Latency (ns)
Memory 1658818735
18436
52.6
L1 Cache
 11872560095
118665
1
L2 Cache
 6775136257
57091
3.3
L3 Cache 3488425969
33001
5.1

 

 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC Read (MB/s)Write (MB/s)
Copy (MB/s)
 Latency (ns)
Memory 11617 19496 1854952.3
L1 Cache
 12793363957
127892
1
L2 Cache
 7248038366
61045
3
L3 Cache 3774627416
36036
4.8

POV Ray:

POV Ray PPS (Pixels Per Second)
 Sabertooth P671189
 Sabertooth P67 OC
1562
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3
1211
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
1370

 

PCMARK Vantage:

 

 PC Mark Vantage
Score
 Sabertooth P67
 17383
 Sabertooth P67 OC
 21435
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3  18347
 P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC  2058

 

 SUPER Pi:

 

 Super Pi
 Seconds
P8P67 Pro Revision 3
 9.9
P8P67 Pro Revision 3 OC
 9.3
Sabertooth P67
 10.48
Sabertooth P67 OC
 9.3

 

H.264 Benchmark:

 

Sabertooth P67Pass 1 Pass 2
 Run 1/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 141.40 fps, 3911.63 kb/s 
encoded 1442 frames, 35.84 fps, 3959.17 kb/s
 Run 2/4  encoded 1442 frames, 141.85 fps, 3911.63 kb/s encoded 1442 frames, 35.85 fps, 3960.06 kb/s
 Run 3/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 144.20 fps, 3911.63 kb/sencoded 1442 frames, 35.88 fps, 3958.45 kb/s
 Run 4/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 144.71 fps, 3911.63 kb/s 
encoded 1442 frames, 35.85 fps, 3958.77 kb/s

 

P67 Pro Revision 3
 Pass 1
Pass 2
 Run 1/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 146.25 fps, 3911.63 kb/s
encoded 1442 frames, 36.36 fps, 3958.83 kb/s
 Run 2/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 146.26 fps, 3911.63 kb/s encoded 1442 frames, 36.32 fps, 3960.31 kb/s
 Run 3/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 144.20 fps, 3911.63 kb/s encoded 1442 frames, 36.33 fps, 3959.78 kb/s
 Run 4/4
 encoded 1442 frames, 146.95 fps, 3911.63 kb/s encoded 1442 frames, 36.28 fps, 3959.47 kb/s


Conclusion:

The first thing I want to mention is the shrouding around the motherboard. At first glance I assumed it was intended to make it look better but, upon investigating it actually serves a better purpose, to improve the airflow over hotspots on the motherboard using wind tunnel system of sorts which directs cool air to components all over the board. Not only that but it is supposed to withstand temperatures of 100C and redirect hot air from the graphics card away from the motherboard. It goes to show you shouldn't judge a motherboard by its plastic covering.

Its nice to know Asus didn't skimp on the Ram size with the maximum being 32 GB. I think you would also be covered in relation to the I/O ports with eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a PS/2 port, an eSATA port, a combo eSATA/USB port, a Gigabit Ethernet jack and 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out.  You should be able to manage with what Asus have provided here ;)

Now if you look at the testing you will see how nicely it performs. For almost every benchmark it stayed neck and neck with the P8P67 which is fantastic. My personal favorite result was super Pi coming in at under 10 seconds. The last thing I will mention is the BIOS. The EFI BIOS is how it should be done. Easy for all to use and click-able instead of the old arrow key navigation.

Would I recommend it? Yes this is a great motherboard for all levels of consumers. It can defiantly handle whatever you throw at it.

Pros:

  • Incredible Price to Performance Ratio
  • Thermal Armor shield
  • USB 3.0 and plenty of 2.0 ports
  • Great testing results
  • EFI BIOS
  • Powerful
  • Easy OC
  • To many Features to List


Cons:

  • Would have liked another PCI-E Slot
 

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