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Introduction

The ECS Black Deluxe Series P67H2-A2 motherboard is the brand new high-end LGA 1155 socket product fully supports the 2nd Generation Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and unlocked edition K-sku desktop processors to deliver amazing overclocking capabilities.

Features NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX technology and 2 PCI-E x16 Gen.2 expansion slots, that allow hardcore gamers to get an unbelievable gaming performance. In order to improve system stability and safety, ECS P67H2-A2 equips all-solid capacitors, Lower RDS(on) MOSFET and ECS exclusive 15 μ technology, this enhances system durability while running at full-loading mode for a long time. ECS application kit including eOC, eGS, eSF, eBLU, eDLU and eJIFFY also offers a convenient way to extract performance, save energy consumption and keep drivers and BIOS up-to-date.

In terms of expansion, the board comes with 4 x 240 pin DDR3, the board supports up to 32GB of DDR3 up to DDR3-2133 (OC). The board 2 x PCI Express Gen 2.0 x16 slots,  1 x PCI Express x1 slot and  2 x PCI slots supporting CrossFireX and SLI.

With Marvell SATA 6Gbps controller on board, it supports SATA 6Gbps for speedier transfers to/from HDD. There is also eSATA support 6Gbps. For faster transfers, the board is also equipped with USB 3.0 support. Data transfer will be much faster than before. For audio, there is Realtek ALC892 8-Ch High Definition audio CODEC. There are also 2 GbE ports based on RealTek RTL8111E Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controllers with Teaming.

Other features include 15u Gold contact, Qooltech III, All solid capacitors, ADD indicator (as Debug code and temperature), eJIffy, eBLU, eDLU, eSF, eOC, eGS, EZ Charger etc.

Below is a an unboxing video of P67H2-A2

Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 mainboard Review Intro
Bluetooth 28 Jun 2011

If you have been longing to buy the top notch Intel P67 board, you should hold your horses and check out the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 mainboard.

Gigabyte seems to have chosen the Z68 chipset for it’s high end board, enhancing the feature set on P67 with a subset of the Z68 feature. The Intel Smart Response Technology that caches and speed up your disk access.

With GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response it does all of this automatically, without users having to perform a complicated install process. This allows them to quickly and effortlessly enjoy a significant boost in system performance. This is not the case for other vendor’s boards.

Gigabyte incorporated TOUCH BIOS, a new way to change settings in your BIOS just like an iPhone from within Windows with a click or finger (with touch screen panels).

Although it supports this good feature of the Z68, this board does not come with any video output port. Basically you cannot use it as a standalone board with graphics unlike other Z68 boards. Lucid Virtu is also not supported to tap the video transcoding power of the Core i5 processor.

The mainboard supports 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory of DDR3-2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules with XMP. For multimedia, it is equipped with Realtek ALC889 audio codec for 7.1 with Dolby Home Theater. There is also dual GbE with Teaming.

On board, there are 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2). Another 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2).  The PCIEX8_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 slot and the PCIEX8_2 slot with PCIEX16_2. The PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode when the PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2 is populated. There is  x PCI Express x1 slot and 2 x PCI slots. The PCIe 2.0 supports 2-Way/3-Way ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology.

The Intel Z68 chipset supports

Chipset:

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2~SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

In addition, the two Marvell chips suppot

  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1

The board has plenty of USB 2.0/3.0 ports.

Chipset:

  1. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

2 x Renesas D720200 chips and 2 x VLI VL810 hubs:

  1. Up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
    * The USB 2.0 signals of the 6 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel are from the Chipset.

As for 1394, the T.I. TSB43AB23 chip:

  1. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Other features include a 24 phase power design, dual CPU Power technology (workstation class redundant power design), 100% hardware VRD 12 compliant CPU power design, Driver MOSFETS.

Othe features include 108dB S/N ratio playback, DualBIOS 3TB+ HDD, Ultra durable 3, ON/Off charge technology, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, Turbo XHD, DES2, 10 USB 3.0 / 6SATA3, Cloud OC, Auto Green etc.

Gigabyte P67A-UD3R-B3 Intel P67 motherboard Review – Intro
Bluetooth 23 May 2011

Although Z68 boards are readily available in the market, the price of Z68 boards might turn away DIY users. If you are just a gamer that plugs in discrete desktop VGA card, the Intel P67 board at a good price point might just be the choice over the more expensive Z68 which offers just a little bit more with Lucid to tap the transcoding power of the processor.

Today, we  take a look at the Gigabyte P67A-UD3R-B3. As you are probably aware, the Intel P67 released early this year was recalled due to bugs. This B3 revision solves the issues and Gigabyte came out with a B3 model with a new packaging.

The P67A-UD3R-B3 is based on the Intel P67 B3 revision chipset. It support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package. It has 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory in Dual channel memory architecture. It supports DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules, non ECC and XMP profiles.

For multimedia, it comes with on board Realtek ALC889 codec 7.1 ch audio with Dolby Home Theater and S/PDIF out. For gamers, it has a Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) for high speed LAN.

The board has two full length PCIe slots running at PCIe 2.0x 16 and PCIe 2.0 x 4.It supports CrossFireX. The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x4 mode when ATI CrossFireX™ is enabled. There are 3 PCIe 2.0 x1 and 2 PCI slots.

On board there are 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
and 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
 They support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10.


 
As for USB, the board supports up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 6 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers). The USB 3.0 is supported by Renesas D720200 chip with up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports.

The board is designed with a longer lifetime in mind. It comes with a Dual CPU Power Engine allownig the CPU VRM power phases to split evenly into 2 sets of power engines that operate in tandem. As such GIGABYTE Dual CPU Power effectively halves the amount of work done by each set of power phases to significantly increase motherboard durability and reliability. It also has a VRD 12 Compliant CPU Power Design

On top of all these, it supports Dual BIOS 3TB+ HDD, Ultra Durable3, On/Off Charge technolgy, Super Speed USB 3.0, Turbo USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, 3X USB power boost, Turbo XHD(full automatic RAID 0), DES 2, Smart 6, CloudOC, Hotkey OC, AutoGreen, Hardware OverVoltage ControlIC, Dolby Home Theatre and is ErP compliant.


ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme Review – Intro
Bluetooth 13 Feb 2011

Gamer’s board are usually high end boards because of the requirements. High bandwidth is necessary as a difference of 1 fps would be lethal in gaming. Of course, that not only involves the network, it also involves the graphics capability and support of multiple cards.

In the past, we see that AMD boards supports CrossFire X or SLI. The limitation is that you have to buy a pair, tri or quad to work. This seems to be limiting as you might have to give up your old card in favour of the higher performance. With ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme with Lucid Hydra technology, you can now run SLI, CrossFireX and most importantly mix and match AMD and NVIDIA cards and they do no need to be of the same model to speed up your graphical perforamnce. That definitely helps you to save some costs during upgrading process. It has 5 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (dual @ x16, triple @x16, quad@x16 x16 x8 x8) and 1 x PCI 2.2 slot.

So what does the board support ? The ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme supports the AMD Phenom™ II/Athlon™ II/ Sempron™ 100 Series Processors (AM3 CPU). This motherboard supports AMD® Socket AM3 multi-core processors with unique L3 cache and delivers better overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features dual-channel DDR3 1333 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus. This motherboard also supports AMD® CPUs in the new 45nm manufacturing process. It has Core Unlocker to unlock the hidden cores of your Phenom processor. There is also USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps support on board.

AMD 890FX Chipset is designed to support up to 5.2GT/s HyperTransport™ 3.0 (HT 3.0) interface speed and dual PCI Express™ 2.0 x16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD latest AM3 and multi-core CPUs to provide excellent system performance and overclocking capabilities

On top of all these, it has RC Bluetooth.  Just simply push the button from the Back I/O on the RC Bluetooth card, overclockers can real-time monitor the desktop PC system status & tweak its parameters – such as voltages and frequency on the fly. When users want to use ordinary bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again & enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth.

Alternatively, Plug and Overclock – Tweak it the hardcore way! Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook—just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.

ON board is the iROG, The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlitghted functions that gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintainence and management with more control and efficiency

The board also supporst 2 BIOS with 2 BIOS settings. You can flash back to the old BIOS any time. The board also has Probelt, you can measure the voltage levels using a multimeter direct from the mainboard.

Other features include loadline calibration to maintain ample voltage for CPU during overclocking. The Voltminder LED also shows the voltage levels usnig different colours to ensure that you don’t overvolt the components (CPU,NB,SB,Memory).

ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme motherboard Review – Intro
Bluetooth 24 Jan 2011

For those who have been ardent ECS fans, the Black series is the top notch board series of ECS boards. Being the best, it has amazing features that will surely be welcomed by users.

Based on the Intel P67 Express chipset, this board supports the Sandy Bridge processors e.g. 2600K. It supports dual channel memory of up to DDR3-2133 with 4 DDR3 to a capacity of 16GB.

There are 3 x PCI Express x16 slots, Gen2, 2 x PCI Express x1 slots, Gen2 and 2 x PCI slots. This board also has the most amazing number of USB ports. It has 20 x USB 2.0 ports (10 at back panel & 10 at front panel) and 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel & 2 at front panel). As for storage, it supports 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ; 2x eSATA, 4 x SATAII.

So far, we have reviewed quite a number of P67 boards, to date, none of them uses the Hydra technology. ECS sees the opportunity to differentiate it from the rest by introducing a board powered by Hydra technology. With Hydra support(A-mode, N-mode , X-mode), you can now mix and match different AMD and NVIDIA card to speed up graphics performance. You no longer need to be tied to a certain vendor or same card to upgrade and speed up your graphics performance (in X mode). Moreover, the Lucid LT24102 supports 32 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, which doubles the PCIe lanes of normal P67 motherboard. By using LT24102 PCIe Gen2.0 bridge, ECS P67H2-A can support 3-way graphic technology with more bandwidth to the cards.

Other features include 8 channel Realtek ALC892 HD audio, Dual GbE with Teaming based on RTL8111E. It also has QoolTechIII Dual heatpipe and all Solid Capactiors, 12 phase design for 130W support. For debugging, it has easy Measure point, Debug LED + System Temerature. THere is also Easy Bottom+ CLR CMOS and EZ charger support.

BIOSTAR TP67XE Intel P67 Express (Sandy Bridge) Mainboard Review
Bluetooth  9 Dec 2010 (updated 13 Jan 2011)

Biostar TP67XE mainboard. Based on the Intel P67 Express chipset. The board fits the LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processor. For maximum stability, BIOSTAR chose to use a 10 phase power design with 100% Japanese solid capacitors.

The board itself comes with 4 DIMM slots supporting up to DDR3-2133 (OC). It has 2 PCIe 2.0 x16  (x8 +x8) supporting SLI/CrossFire and 2 PCIe x1 and 2 PCI slots.

AS for audio, it comes with Realtek 8+2 ch audio with THX. The board also has PCIe GbE support. For storage expansion, it has 2 SATA 6Gbps and 3 SATA 3Gbps ports on board. There are 2 USB 3.0 and 2 x 1394a and 1 eSATA port.

One of the major addition to the BIOSTAR board is the BIO-Remote2 feature. Users who own an Android or iPhone are now able to use their handset to remotely control MP3, mouse pad and power point presentation. The requirement is that both devices are running on the same Wireless network. You can download the software from Android Market or Apple Appstore.

BIOSTAR also brings the charge booster to their mainboards. You can now charge up your iPhone and iPad at a faster rate of 42% faster than normal USB ports whether it is in sleep, standby or power off status.

ASRock P67 FATAL1TY mainboard review – Introduction
Bluetooth 24 Dec 2010 (updated 2nd Jan 2011)

Over the years, we have seen ASRock grow up, from a young start up company that does entry level motherboards and slowly evolving to mid range and high end motherboards. If you remember, the then defunct ABIT was the only manufacturer that has very unique looking boards with the FATAL1TY branding. ASRock has the top gamer to be the board’s spokesman with the introduction of the first on FATAL1TY series – the ASRock P67 FATAL1TY Intel P67 mainboard.

The P67 Motherboard belongs to the PROFESS1ONAL Series and it has some interesting features, some inherited over from the regular P67 Deluxe series.

Based on the INTEL P67 Chipset, this mainboard supports the LGA1155 socket type CPUs. It also supports up to DDR3-2133 dual channel memory. The mainboard looks elegant with it’s red/black blended colour design. Even the capacitors are ‘gold’ plated to give a sense of superemecy. On top of that, the V16+2 CPU Power phase and Digital PWM design ensures a rock stable board even at high clock speeds. Inherited from the ASRock tradition, the board has two sets of holes. ASRock calls it C.C.O, allowing you to use your older heatsink on this mainboard.

The P67 FATAL1TY supports both AMD and NVIDIA multi GPU solutions. It supporst QUad CrossFireX, 3 way CrossFireX and CrossFireX. For NVIDIA< it supports quad SLI and SLI.

In terms of connectivity, the board supports Dual PCIe GbE with Teaming function, 1 eSATA3 port, 1 x FATAL1TY mouse port, 1 1394 port, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 SATA3 ports, 1 Frotn USB 3.0 header support front USB 3.0 panel. One thing i particular like about the free bundle – front usb panel provides 2 USB 3.0 ports and a 2.5″ SSD/HDD rack for mounting your drive there. ASRock P67 choose to use EtronTech USB 3.0 controller over USB 3.0, it claims that the USB 3.0 speed is 37.6% faster in CrystalDiskMark3.0 (Read Sequential) and 97.7% faster in ATTO disk benchmark 8M write when compared to the NEC solution.

Other features on this board include a UEFI BIOS, providing GUI interface to access the BIOS functions with a mouse. There is also F-Stream, a all in 1 utility that supports overclocking, hardware tuning incluiding fan speed, mouse port configuration etc. There are also two PCIe GbE on board which can be TEAMED to double the bandwidth.

For gamers and video buffs, the board supports THX Trustudio pro so that you hear the best audio quality. In addition, it also comes with SmartView, a smart start page for the browser combines your most visited websites, history, real time Facebook feeds. If you have an iPhone, you can turn it into a remote control usnig the AIWI software bundle that comes with the package.

According to our sources, P67 boards should reach retail markets as early as Mid November 2010.

Although the boards will appear on the market, the new processors with 1155 is slated to be lanuched in January 2011 or so. The new embedded graphics on these processors is said to have a 25% improvement in performance over the current LGA1156 processors.

Currently, Intel P55 and H55 boards support overclocking. Unfortunately, the next generation H67 will not support overclocking. So, if you need to overclock, you would have to go for discrete solution, the P67.

Stay tuned to ocworkbench for more updates on these upcoming chipsets and processors.

IDF 2010 : Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge Motherboard sighted at IDF 2010

The first Gigabyte board with Intel P67 chipset using the Socket 1155 is sighted at IDF 2010 in San Francisco.

Gigabyte showcase two boards model P67A-UD5 and P67-UD7. Both are high end board with a blue and a black PCB respectively.


Intel P67 is a discrete chipset unlike the H67. It is suppose to support both CrossFire X and SLI. It is suspected that the Gigabyte P67 might licensed SLI support through the use of the NF200 SLI chipset from NVIDIA.




The P67-UD5 has 2 x USB 3.0 ports while the P67-UD7 has 4 instead. Native support of SATA 6.0Gbps (SATA 3) is now embedded within the Intel chipset. Thus, it doesn’t require additional supporting chips for that.

Both boards are suspected to be ready by Jan 2011 when the CPU is launched.

Intel will launch new series of P67 and H67 chipsets in Jan 2011 with 25% graphics improvement

It is annual update with chipsets. Intel is slated to launch the P67 and H67 chipsets in Jan 2011. Board manufacturers are eagerly awaiting for the new processors and chipsets as they already have the boards ready for the new yr.

For those who have seen our report of Computex 2010, you would have seen some early static boards of P67 or H67.

Basically, the P67 and H67 do not differ much from it’s predecessors the P55 and H55. Basically the P67 is discrete while the H67 has graphics output ports on the mainboard.

One thing to note is that the P67 and H67 will support new series of processors with LGA1155 socket. Thus, your current processors won’t run on the new boards with new chipsets.

The new processors with 1155 is slated to be lanuched in January 2011 or so. The new embedded graphics on these processors is said to have a 25% improvement in performance over the current LGA1156 processors.

Currently, Intel P55 and H55 boards support overclocking. Unfortunately, the next generation H67 will not support overclocking. So, if you need to overclock, you would have to go for discrete solution, the P67.

While many manufacturers are  showcasing Intel X58 with USB3, SATA3 or unlocking bios of their 890FX boards, BIOSTAR has put up three futuristic boards on display. They are the Intel P67, H67 and H61 chipsets mainboard.

The Intel 6 series chipset is to pair up with the upcoming processor Sandy Bridge. It is a single chipset design. There are 3 models – P67, H67 and H61 and will form the LGA1155 platform. (yes a change of socket is imminent). It will be released in 1H 2011 and will replace the current LGA1156. The LGA1366 will also be replaced by LGA2011 in 3Q 2011, probably with INtel X68.

Biostar has two static display at Computex. The first model is based on Intel P67 chipset model “TP67XE”.  It has 8 phase power, 4 DIMMs of dual channel DDR3, PCIe x16, PCIe x1, 2 PCI and 5 SATA 6Gbps ports, 8 ch audio, GbE, Debug LED. The backplate has SPDIF, 1394, eSATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 ports.

The second model on display is TH67XE based on Intel H67 chipset. This is a microATX board with 4 DIMM slots, 2 PCIe x16, 1 PCIex1, 1 PCI, 5 SATA 6Gbps. 8 ch audio, GbE, SPDIF, DVI HDMI Displayport, USB 3 can be found on the backplane of the board.

The SATA 6Gbps support is from the P67/H67 chipset while the USB 3.0 still relies on a 3rd party solution (NEC?).  There is also no mention of the improvements of the integrated display within the H67 chipset.