With the release of Intel Sandy Bridge processors nearing, motherboard manufacturers are slowing rolling out their lineup of motherboards for these chips.
Asus’ range of motherboard includes the value/mainstream oriented P8P67 series, as well as the enthusiast cum gamer series of ROG motherboards and lastly the board for extreme overclockers, the Sabertooth motherboards.
It was quite a sight for a mini ITX motherboard to be showcased on the event. It seems that Asus has decided to hop on the mini ITX platform which targets home theatre PCs or those with SFF(Small form factor) fetish.
What else more could you expect? It has integrated N Draft Wireless, a PCI-E x16 slot, 2 slots for DDR3 Sodimm, 4x SATA ports(with 2 SATA 6Gbps). In fact, throw in a low profile GTS450 and you get yourself a SFF mainstream gaming PC suitable for a resolution of 1680 by 1050.
Moving on the size, we have a Micro ATX board which is even capable of doing CrossFireX and SLI! 6SATA Ports available, not forgetting USB3.0 which is available for all the boards in this lineup. And again, the award winning TPU(TurboV Processing Unit) which promises extreme hardware based overclocking experience on the motherboard.
The little brother of the P8P67-M Evo, P8H67-M Evo will be a cheaper alternative with the H67 chipset, yet providing almost all the features available on the P67’s. The H67s have a choice for users to use their onboard Intel Graphics solution when paired with a Intel 1155 Sandy Bridge processor.
This is a full size ATX motherboard which almost everyone will recommend. Digital VRM design makes sure that clean and stable current flows through all your components. BT GO! is a feature which allows you to use your smartphone to connect to your computer via Bluetooth and use it as a remote control.
Blue heatsink design to meet the desires of the Intel fans!
Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Compared to the P8P67, other than the difference in the extra Deluxe naming which could mean a better performer, the P8P67 Deluxe motherboard boasts nicer and beefier looking heatsink which could really aid you in your quest to break the world record on this motherboard. Another noticeable difference is the extra PCI-E slot which means you could perhaps add another graphics card or something like a dedicated physx card for your coming gaming rig.
Asus ROG Maximus IV Extreme
Next up on the lineup is Maximus IV Extreme. An all new heatsink design, slightly moving away from the previous “Dome shaped” designs. This board is definitely for the extreme gamers. Backed by ROG features that have always been there such as ROG Connect and ROG iDirect you’ll get the highest FPS on your games, all done by hardware on the extra processors on the board.
Asus told us that the Republic of Gamers have to live up to their name, therefore focusing on gaming experience, hardware features such as Intel Ethernet chip and an extra Network Processing Unit will make the game go as smooth as possible. As well as great audio sound chips from X-Fi will improve gaming experience as a whole.
Highlight of the day: Asus Sabertooth P67
As mentioned, it’s on a P67 chipset as well, supporting socket LGA1155 processors
|A closer look at Tactical Vest|
Heat from your graphics card will reach your motherboard as easily, therefore giving a more stable environment, improving performance as well as overclockability.
Military class designs with ceramic material heatsinks
TUF mosfets and Caps
|Sabertooth P67 branding|
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