Asus P8P67-M Pro review

31 May 2011

A wealth of ports and features for such a tiny board, and the price is good too

Price when reviewed: 
94(£94 inc VAT)
5

Motherboards supporting Sandy Bridge processors are growing in number, but the Asus P8P67-M Pro is the first we’ve seen to opt for the more restrictive dimensions of microATX. Surprisingly, little has been sacrificed in the way of features.

The tiny board somehow crams in three PCI Express x16 slots – two will run at 8x, with the third at 4x – but there’s only room for a single PCI Express x1 slot; no PCI. It has seven SATA ports and a quartet of DIMM sockets that can take up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM.

There’s room for a TPM connector alongside four internal USB 2 headers at the bottom of the board, and for cooling there are three four-pin fan connectors and a fourth without speed control. The backplate wouldn’t be out of place on the best ATX boards, either: eSATA, FireWire and two PS/2 sockets alongside USB 3, USB 2 and optical S/PDIF.

Asus P8P67-M Pro

Performance was good, too. A large file write speed over SATA of 386MB/sec compares well to the MSI P67A-GD3’s 369MB/sec, and the Asus wrote small files at 144.6MB/s, also slightly faster than the MSI. Our memory tests also favoured the Asus, with bandwidth and cache results slightly ahead.

The only blip came in our USB 3 benchmarks. When reading large files the Asus managed only 193MB/sec, way down on the MSI’s 451MB/sec. It also read small files at only 17.1MB/sec compared to 30.2MB/sec from the MSI.

The inclusion of a UEFI front-end brings mouse control and improved visuals to what used to be the BIOS, although it isn’t ideal for beginners – the front screen serves up a wealth of potentially confusing diagnostic information, unlike the well-organised MSI.

It isn’t perfect then, but the Asus P8P67-M Pro offers almost everything you’d expect from an ATX board in a more compact form factor. The MSI is still the more rounded option if you have the room, but if you’re building in a smaller case this Asus is the P67 board to choose.

Details

Price ex VAT £78
Price inc VAT £94
Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5
Motherboard form factor micro ATX
Motherboard integrated graphics no

Compatability

Processor/platform brand (manufacturer) Intel
Processor socket LGA 1155
Motherboard form factor micro ATX
Memory type DDR3
Multi-GPU support yes

Controllers

Motherboard chipset Intel P67
Number of Ethernet adapters 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
Audio chipset Intel HD Audio

Onboard Connectors

CPU power connector type 8-pin
Main power connector ATX 24-pin
Memory sockets total 4
Internal SATA connectors 4
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 1
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 3
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 1

Rear ports

PS/2 connectors 2
USB ports (downstream) 6
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 6
Parallel ports 0
9-pin serial ports 0

Diagnostics and tweaking

Motherboard onboard power switch? no
Motherboard onboard reset switch? no
Software overclocking? yes

Accessories

SATA cables supplied 2
Molex to SATA adaters supplied 1
IDE cables supplied 0
Floppy cables supplied 0