Asus P67 1155 Sandybridge Sneak Peak
Published: 14th November 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: |
TUF Sabertooth P67
TUF motherboards are known for their durability and resilience. They may not be the most flamboyant but they have proven themselves to be highly robust and the ideal choice for power user and workstation purposes. However it is some of these traits that tend to form the basis of a true overclocker as shown from our review of the Sabertooth X58. With this in mind, we remain forever intrigued by this new class of Asus motherboard.
What is "Military Grade"?
First of all, we would really like to stress that TUF is no gimmick. The grade of components on the Sabertooth series are such that they are able to sustain ambient temperatures of -40c to 85c and are able to operate within a range of -10c to 60c (versus n/a to 50c with other Asus equipment). Believe us in that very few motherboards available today are built and tested to such a standard.
Like the ROG series, the Sabertooth P67 implements alloy rather than ferrite chokes. This offers improved efficiency across the entire loading range and far superior inductance with greater levels of current over ferrite material. This means that the chokes can tolerate significantly higher levels of current (40A vs 30A). It is also claimed that the TUF series Solid Capacitors sported greater impedence than others and thus generates less heat. Despite this, they are also capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 85c, which is 25c greater than non solid (Tantalum) equivalents.
Durability is all too important in a system component that forms the base platform of a computer. While Asus don't market TUF boards as the solution for overclockers, it comes to no surprise that the implementation of high quality components often results in excellent system tweaking ability anyway. The critically acclaimed TUF Sabretooth X58 is a testament to that.
Before we conclude, it would probably be a good idea to explain the big black shroud that covers the new Sabertooth motherboard. No it isnt really a stab vest and no it isn't just excessive packaging material. The plastic cover is known as a "vest" and exists to protect the motherboard from external components that disappate considerably more heat. Furthermore, its design is supposed to influence a "down draft" of air, which proves to be most efficient according to Asus' internal studies.
Yowza. Let's wrap this one up.