Asus P67 1155 Sandybridge Sneak Peak

Introduction

Asus P67 1155 Sandybridge Sneak Peak

Asus P67 Sneak Peak


We are all too aware of Intel's intention to phase out LGA1156 in favour of a new platform. I suppose in some ways it would be understandable to see the demise of the enthusiast 1366 platform; after all it has been around since the final quarter of 2008. Strangely it is its simplified sibling that faces the chopping board of hardware demise at the ripe age of 14 months. Why might you ask? The simple answer is that the changes in architecture justify it - and on that bombshell, you'll eventually stop screaming with frustration and finally accept it. However, with any change in socket design, the processor forms only one piece of the puzzle...

Two weeks ago we were able to spare a couple of hours from our busy schedules to attend an Asus Seminar in London. Here we were educated about Asus' upcoming innovations and how they tie in with the upcoming Intel processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge.

As some of you may have noticed, this article was originally published the day after the Asus Seminar, but was subsequently taken down due to a shift in NDA dates. As our friendly competitors in Europe still hadn't attended their respective seminars, Asus had asked all british websites to pull the plug on their publications. Thankfully the NDA lift is finally here and we are excited to show you what we saw in a secret underground bunker somewhere in the west end...

New Platform vs Asus Market Strategies

As you would know by now, Asus offers a wide range of motherboard products that cater for the entire spectrum of audiences. The year of 2010 has seen a wide range of LGA1156 gear, from the value H55/H57 subset, to the upper mid range PRO/DELUXE suffixes. R&D has also been caught stretching their legs with overclock focused Republic of Gamers editions (think Maximus) as well as the all new durable (The Ultimate Force) Sabertooth series of motherboards.

Indeed it seems that Asus have been busy beavers this year but as always there is no room for complacency. As the Tawan based firm's representatives proudly showcased their new innovations, it became clear that R&D have been flexing their muscles with true gusto behind the scenes.

In short, expect it to be business as usual with Asus. If you have a good understanding of their existing LGA1156 product portfolio, you will most certainly have a clear understanding of what's to come.

Fancy a photoshoot of the new motherboard range? Read on...

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03-11-2010, 04:32:49

tinytomlogan
Following a few hours of hands on preview, we know something you don't know. Read on...

Continue Reading

03-11-2010, 07:20:03

Heebs
Link broken?

NDA?

03-11-2010, 08:53:41

AMDFTW
no link ither mate

03-11-2010, 08:55:02

wraithien
Link is most certainly broken.

03-11-2010, 12:01:09

thestepster
link worked earlier on for me

03-11-2010, 12:39:09

wraithien
And now it's been taken off the front page hmmm.

03-11-2010, 12:47:39

tinytomlogan
Turns out there was an NDA but we hadnt been told, no big deal but you will have to wait till the 15th. The seminar was pretty awesome though, Ive seen alllllllllllllllllllll then new toys

03-11-2010, 12:51:45

AMD_PBz
Sounds Exciting Tom Can't wait to see

03-11-2010, 12:52:09

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Turns out there was an NDA but we hadnt been told, no big deal but you will have to wait till the 15th. The seminar was pretty awesome though, Ive seen alllllllllllllllllllll then new toys
I was on time to have read it Muhbahaha

03-11-2010, 13:02:04

hmmblah
Damn, the 15th!

03-11-2010, 13:03:38

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post

I was on time to have read it Muhbahaha
Im not allowed to mention anything, but those who read it can

03-11-2010, 13:16:02

Heebs
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Im not allowed to mention anything, but those who read it can
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post

I was on time to have read it Muhbahaha
SHARE!

03-11-2010, 13:21:00

F-alienware
Bah. I get to read a review of some pooey ram and some one else gets all the juicy bits.

HARUMPH.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN99jshaQbY

03-11-2010, 13:28:02

hmmblah
Come on Ray, do tell!

03-11-2010, 13:31:54

SnW
K i gave a a quick read and with my memory i saw some nice software screens and that's all i can say

i should of done Prt Scr

03-11-2010, 14:38:49

Mul.
There's nothing more annoying than writing an article until 3:30am for it to be taken down. Regardless, I hope those who had the chance to read it found it insightful!

03-11-2010, 14:47:11

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post

K i gave a a quick read and with my memory i saw some nice software screens and that's all i can say

i should of done Prt Scr
File/savepageas .mht

03-11-2010, 15:51:34

Mr. Strawberry
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post

K i gave a a quick read and with my memory i saw some nice software screens and that's all i can say

i should of done Prt Scr
could be worse

you could of said

i think there was a word in it at some point but apart from that i dont know

03-11-2010, 20:23:00

wraithien
Seems OC3D wasn't the only site with nda confusion, I'm not going to mention other sites however if you want to check out the new Asus P67 boards google is your friend. I am however really hoping that the Maximus IV extreme heatsinks are proto only becuase they look godawful. I am however very interested in the Sabretooth full board air duct (or tactical vest as Asus is calling it), looks quite interesting along with the ceramic heatsinks.

03-11-2010, 20:33:32

Mr. Strawberry
i also believe these boards have that new version of BIOS on them (cant remember what it is called)

or at least the M4E does

04-11-2010, 07:24:18

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

i also believe these boards have that new version of BIOS on them (cant remember what it is called)

or at least the M4E does
EFI bios

all P67's will feature it.

04-11-2010, 07:26:14

Mr. Strawberry
thats the one

i knew it

04-11-2010, 11:06:40

AMD_PBz
The GUI Bios seems pretty sweet no longer are we staring at the cream of the crop from 20 years ago (text on a screen in COLOUR)

04-11-2010, 16:45:01

alexhull24
That explains why I read about this earlier and now can't find it anywhere!

The new BIOS thing is the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). Should provide faster boots and pretty up the settings quite a bit. Will probably be initially shunned by purists as you can use a mouse and it means people will become less afraid of the BIOS and overclocking etc.

05-11-2010, 00:10:37

yggdrasil
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexhull24 View Post

The new BIOS thing is the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). Should provide faster boots and pretty up the settings quite a bit. Will probably be initially shunned by purists as you can use a mouse and it means people will become less afraid of the BIOS and overclocking etc.
Dose that mean more noobs will play with it and break their PC's and more work for technicians, But I guess more work means more money so guess I can't complain there.

I remember when I was younger it was a big thing for parents to keep their children out of the bios

I can see this becoming a big thing again, In the end I imagine it will just come down to passwording it but still.

05-11-2010, 03:53:28

Stromatolites
Shame only a few people got to see the post before it was taken down. Oh well, only a few days longer to wait I guess

05-11-2010, 06:36:40

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexhull24 View Post

That explains why I read about this earlier and now can't find it anywhere!

The new BIOS thing is the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). Should provide faster boots and pretty up the settings quite a bit. Will probably be initially shunned by purists as you can use a mouse and it means people will become less afraid of the BIOS and overclocking etc.
Just because they can use a mouse in the bios

06-11-2010, 08:49:12

yggdrasil
When can we expect to see this sneak peak?

06-11-2010, 14:52:51

Mr. Strawberry
when ever the NDA gets lifted

06-11-2010, 15:16:32

yggdrasil
I guessed that

I was hoping for a date.

06-11-2010, 15:18:24

Mr. Strawberry
well it looks like the board manufactures dont even know that

06-11-2010, 15:25:58

yggdrasil
Thats not what I want to hear

Even tho it was what I expected lol

06-11-2010, 15:39:12

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

well it looks like the board manufactures dont even know that
You need to shush.

Asus will let us talk about the mobos on the 15th.

06-11-2010, 15:40:16

Mr. Strawberry
or else what? lol

looking forward to it

06-11-2010, 20:28:05

skit
So this whole UEFI Bios is just about prettier GUI and "faster" boots? Not that big of an update then.

14-11-2010, 14:15:43

tinytomlogan
Its back!

14-11-2010, 14:40:30

Mr. Strawberry


14-11-2010, 14:44:03

Aurus_OC
well looks like we will have some nice stuff coming up in January

I really really like the new UEFI BIOS.

14-11-2010, 15:20:33

murphy7801
I like the new heats sinks though im getting sick of blue motherboards

15-11-2010, 04:11:59

wraithien
And the NDA is down, First off the bat FINALLY a good looking bios screen i know its a small thing but its nice to see. As to the motherboards I have mixed opinions, the new Sabretooth vest is an interesting concept with possibly the most boring execution surely they could have put a few logos or vents on it.

As to the maxiumus they have always appeared to be the ugly members of the ROG family and things dont appear to have changed on the plus side I'm pleased to see ceramic heatsinks, the negative being it looks like they've just slapped the ROG light up logo on it and called it a day. Yeah I know its just aesthetic but if I'm paying good money for a motherboard I'd at like it to look as good as this generations ROG motherboards. Though this being said next year should be very interesting, two new sets of Intel chips at either end of the year and AMD's new chips sometime next year aswell should be a very good (and expensive year) for us enthusiasts.

15-11-2010, 11:47:29

Todd
I'd love to see a fan on one side of that "vest" and holes at the other. That would make my day.

16-11-2010, 22:15:26

yggdrasil
So with the 3 different color PCIE slots would suggest 3x 16x lanes...? Would that be 3 way GPU compatible...?

I didn't know the 1155 i7's would have the HD Graphics in them but looking on wiki's "List of future Intel microprocessors"

Core i7-2600S Quad Core, 2.8 GHz, 3.8 GHz Turbo, 8 MB, HD Graphics 100, GPU Frequency: 850-1100 MHz, 65 W, LGA 1155, Release Date Q1 2011.

Core i7-2600 Quad Core, 3.4 GHz, 3.8 GHz Turbo, 8 MB, HD Graphics 200, GPU Frequency: 850-1350 MHz, 95 W, LGA 1155, Release Date Q1 2011.

Core i7-2600K Quad Core, 3.4 GHz 3.8 GHz Turbo, 8 MB, HD Graphics 200, GPU Frequency: 850-1350 MHz, 95 W, LGA 1155, Release Date Q1 2011.

Full List of future Intel microprocessors

But yes I agree with wraithien that it looks like a expensive year. and with the Core i7-990X coming up to.

17-11-2010, 07:12:13

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by yggdrasil View Post

So with the 3 different color PCIE slots would suggest 3x 16x lanes...? Would that be 3 way GPU compatible...?
Find me a mobo where all the pcie x16 are different colours........... wink wink

25-11-2010, 07:43:07

Rastalovich
I think we've (enthusiasts in general) given Intel far too much respect since their option to move on, in their terms, from 775.

With i3/5/7, 55/58, Intel are still only claiming somewhere around a quarter of their own socket sales to this generation. Meanwhile 775/1 still occupies around two thirds - which is massive in consideration.

(this would be total Intel shipments of their own sockets)

We had to consider, throughout the Intel wish for as all to lever away from the LGA 775, that mobos themselves, apart from chipsets, will be going through changes. Not only was their the hapless introduction of ddr3, which in tech terms goes against logic along with tri-core processing, but there was SATA3 and USB3 on the immediate horizon.

In fairness, the newer generation of the Intel offering, boast some decent tech in it's own right, and as a purchasable item where no existing items (775) were in attendance, apart from the total outlay of cash to consider, you have again a really good system.

But, in the same breathe, if you're nothing short of a professional workstation, there's not really a great point in abandoning your 3.8-4ghz 775 setup, with decent memory and atleast a single Pcie 2.0 x16 slot.

Progress ? Arguable. I can remember shooting the breeze in hard benchmarking terms with a fellow oc3der with his top of the range i7 setup and the extreme 775 I had, with crap memory I hasten to add which negates the extreme rating really. Sure the i7 could keep up and beat the 775 arrangement in many facets - but by really small comparitive amounts. Flip this to the pov of the gamer, and there's nothing in it.

Hyperthreading, multiple cores - again professionally they mean something, also with benchmarking. Other than that, if you're in posession of a really good 775 - no point.

So in Intel's defense, if I can call it that, they are left to squeeze existing socket users into adopting the new one. Eol on cpus and the promise of Pentium class replacements only is fairly scary. And yet to this day - a quarter share.

Many would have understandably skipped i3/5/7, and we have some new offerings. But how well do these compare, across the board with the legendary 775 ? I'm expecting the same comparisons. Workstation professionals - great. Gamers/internet'ers - no point unless you have to.

And of course, we'll rush out for the 67 chipset, feel nice and warm - and just like SATA3/USB3 - the breaker of the deal will be PCie 3.0.

New mobo ? Give me Pcie 3.0/full SATA3/full USB3/DDRx (QUAD channel). Perhaps next year.

Interesting.
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