Introduction.The P67 has become in recent days the ugly duckling of Intel chipsets. In a chipset halfway to nothing but that personally I think offers the ideal solution for those of us who continue to think about mounting powerful equipment with the latest generation components and good levels of overclocking. Today I will present one of the most interesting options on the market and we will assemble a small machine to see what the P67 is still capable of in the proper configuration.
ASUS P67 Sabertooth
ASUS P67 Sabertooth.ASUS has with this model one of the most interesting P67 boards on the market. A well-equipped hob with capacity for the most intensive assemblies and with a really attractive price. It has innovative features such as its controversial “Thermal Armor” that gives this board that characteristic image and that is undoubtedly an aesthetic claim rather than a feature that can really be quantified as a fundamental improvement in system cooling.
Detail of the P67 Sabertooth and its “Thermal Armor” covering a good part of the PCB.The board has outstanding manufacturing quality levels with the well-known verification standards that ASUS submits to these boards, achieving military specification certifications that translate into a bomb-proof board in a domestic environment. Its aggressive image contrasts with solid performance, a bios that is now a benchmark in terms of options and finishes (EFI) and a good set of features that make this board a perfect option for those who know where to invest their money well. For less than 170 Euros we will have a board with proven overclocking capacity, capable of mounting first-rate SLI or Crossfire systems with two cards and up to four simultaneous GPUs, with double USB 3.0 controller (external and internal ports) signed by NEC-Renesas, Intel 82579 Gigabit Ethernet, Realtek ALC892 signed HD Audio sound, multiple USB 2.0 ports, dual eSata connectors (one of them combined with USB 2.0), legacy PS2 ports, and digital audio connectivity.
Analog audio connectivity, optical spdif, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 400, PS2 combo, eSATA port and Power-eSATA port.A mounting without excesses where we will have the common support to any Sandy Bridge processor such as the four memory banks for a maximum of 32GB DDR3 in dual channel, RAID controller integrated in the chipset with two SATA 6gbps ports and another four SATA 3gbps ports and others controllers added as a Marvell with two additional SATA 6gbps ports and a Jmicron controller to support the eSata ports located on the connector panel.
The P67 Sabertooth is a plate where the fundamental is present, we will not miss anything.The board has a multi-phase digital power supply, a whole matrix of temperature sensors located in strategic areas of the board, its closed dissipation system can be complemented with active fans although in our tests, in well-cooled boxes, we will not have serious problems in this sense. The board also integrates other known ASUS systems such as the MemOK button that allows us to forget about memory configuration problems or the ESD system that protects the board from overvoltages, especially when we connect peripherals to the same type of USB devices.
Building a dream gaming machine
Building a dream gaming machine.That a motherboard does not cost 300 Euros is not synonymous with the fact that we cannot build a high-performance machine. The Sabertooth will help us prove this. Nor do we need 600 Euro charts to get top-notch charts. In fact, our option of two Geforce GTX 560 ti offers at a lower cost than a GTX 580 a higher power thanks to a greater number of shaders, 768 compared to 512, with the possibility of mounting multiple monitors, up to three, which with a single Geforce GTX 580 we couldn’t get. In addition, the price is below the option of the GTX 580 with about 40 Euros of savings receiving a good dose of graphics power for games. In terms of memory we will opt for a basic configuration of 8GB of DDR3 1600 RAM. I think that Nowadays you can get more out of a large amount of RAM than a speed For what they cost 4GB of DDR3 2133 memory we can buy 8GB of DDR3 1600 memory and I think it makes up for the change. Core i5-2500k. A very capable overclocked processor with four real cores available to accelerate the most powerful of games. We will have enough weapons, especially after going through the overclocking workshop, to play the most demanding games that we can currently find with the highest quality. Euros It is essential today for any machine worth its salt to equip an SSD hard drive to run the operating system and some of the fundamental applications. Obviously, mounting a gaming machine with only SSDs would be an expensive task so I usually recommend a low cost on the SSD, to have a nimble system and to store games on a fast but noticeably cheaper mechanical disk. It is a combination that offers very interesting results. We add a source capable of handling our system well, with 750w it will be enough, and a box of proven features and we will have a dream system with which to enjoy present and future games at very performance levels. high that could handle even three-monitor systems without the slightest problem.
Here is our assembly simulating this configuration.Summary of costs:Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth – 170 Euros. Processor: Intel Core i5-2500k – 170 Euros. Heatsink: High-performance model – 60 Euros. Memory: 8GB DDR3 in two 4GB modules – 70 Euros. Graphics: Two Geforce GTX 560Ti with 1GB GDDR5 – 400 Euros. Hard disk: 60GB SATA2 or SATA3 SSD – 110 Euros. Hard disk: mechanical 7200 laps 2TB – 70 Euros. Box Mid-tower: Mid-range – 100 Euros. Power supply: 750-850w 80 Plus certification – 95 Euros. Total investment: 1415 Euros. Similar configuration in first brand: more than 2500 Euros.
Overclocking.Achieving acceptable overclocking goals with this motherboard is really straightforward. We can take the easy route and have it overclock itself automatically. This will give us around 1GHz more frequency but we all know that that is not enough for a processor like this so another easy way is to simply leave everything in automatic and in the CPU performance section simply specify the multiplier with which we wish the system would work. Said and done, the board takes care of adjusting the rest of the voltages and if we are not too ambitious, reaching a 4.8-5GHz range is very simple, although it depends on our processor.
We opted for a more conservative solution that leaves voltages less than 1.4v. This will level the processor temperatures quite a bit and will allow us a good adjustment of the noise generated by the system. It is about playing with a lot of quality and power but maintaining reasonable limits, especially at the noise level. In addition 4.8GHz will already allow us to take good advantage of our dual graphics engine. The results that you will see later support it.
Thermal Radar allows us to calibrate the performance of our fans directly from Windows, without having to restart and regulate each fan with respect to the temperatures that we consider appropriate.
Results.Below you can see some tests that we have made of our assembly. These are general tests and also a couple of recent games, Shogun II and Dirt 3, which are a good example of high-quality DirectX 11 graphics. The results are excellent in every way.
More than 100FPS on average, minimum of 87, at 1920×1200 resolution with 8x FSAA and Ultra quality.The PCMark 7 results are magnificent. A balanced performance where in all the tests we have practically a minimum of 5000 points.In its top-quality benchmark the Shogun II delivers an average of 65FPS at 1920×1080.The lowest performance in the Windows 7 index is marked by the hard drive with an impressive 7.6 followed by the processor at 7.7. Memories and graphs to the maximum score offered by this performance index.Great result also that of 3DMark 11 with more than 8000 points in the “Performance” test. The SLI works perfectly, offering surprising results.Good results also in Cinebench with a combined core efficiency of 94% working together. If our goal is games, we can perfectly save those 80 Euros that it costs to jump to the 2600k model.
Analysis and Conclusion
Analysis and Conclusion.For me the P67 Sabertooth is right now the most balanced motherboard on the market. Well built, properly equipped and with high overclocking potential. It is also a very special board physically speaking and has a more than attractive price that invites balanced configurations but with maximum performance.
I think that this way, giving an example, is the best method to show the true benefits of a motherboard that has an excellent balance of benefits and although it does not stand out especially in anything, that is precisely its virtue since it is at a high level with an adequate cost for almost all pockets.