Asus P67 1155 Sandybridge Sneak Peak

A New BIOS - EFI you say?

Asus P67 1155 Sandybridge Sneak Peak

A New BIOS


The Asus P67 range finally brings conventional desktops into the new millenium with EFI BIOS technology. For the end user, the key difference in the new format is its GUI based interface.

Asus P67 and Tick Tock...     Asus P67 and Tick Tock...

However there is a big difference between this BIOS and other EFI implementations. The entire P67 range offers an Easy (left) and Advanced (right) mode for BIOS users. The former consolidates all important information into a single page and allows the end user to manipulate a number of useful parameters such as power saving modes and boot priority (that's right, no more F8 tapping). The advanced mode shares a near identical layout to the Asus BIOS' of the past. Regardless, even those who have not as yet played with a system BIOS will find the menus intuitive and very self descriptive.

On a similar note, ROG based motherboards will also feature a BIOS Print Screen feature. As you can imagine this makes it considerably easier to share BIOS parameters with others. Infact, as reviewers it also makes our lives considerably easier!

Overclocking with Asus and Sandy Bridge - Gifts & Curses...

The Maximus IV Extreme on demo offered a wealth of system tweaking parameters. Whether you are looking to push memory upwards of 2000MHz or simply push your processor for all its worth, there will surely be something for you.

Asus P67 and Tick Tock...     Asus P67 and Tick Tock...

Two of the most noteworthy options are as above.

Previously, the LGA1156 and 1366 platforms have offered DDR3 frequencies up to 1333 and 1600MHz at their base clock frequencies. This has changed significantly with LGA1155 where frequencies as high as DDR3-2133 are natively supported. Next up is the ability to manipulate individual core multipliers on this K series Sandy Bridge processor.

Many of us believe that "good things" happen for a reason, and god almighty there is most certainly a reason for some of the above features.

There is only so much that we can disclose, but at this point it is known that there will be Intel Dual/Quad processors that are fully multiplier unlocked, while the vast majority will be (partially or entirely) locked down. Very well, this may sound as though it is business as usual but it really isn't. While we were unable to confirm this for ourselves, we were informed that overclocking the Base Clock Frequency of the new Sandy Bridge processors is a rather fruitless endeavour. Quantatively it was said that we could expect these processors to reach their limits at just 115MHz (15% above their BCLK of 100MHz). Clearly the tables have turned; the emphasis of multiplier overclocking is here.

This may not be such a bad thing as for all we know, Intel may do an "AMD" by making one in three processors multiplier unlocked. Sadly one thing we do know is that the overclocking ball has landed squarely in Intel's court. How much will the end user have to spend for the priveledge of overclocking? Only time will tell...

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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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