A brief look at upcoming ASUS P67 Motherboardsby Ian Cutress on November 14, 2010 1:22 PM EST
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The Deluxe has more of the features we expected from the Pro board. In a similar design, we see power and reset switches on the board, dual gigabit Ethernet and double-digit debugging LEDs.
The extended VRM heatsink cooling is the most obvious visual change over the Pro, despite the fact that the Pro and the Deluxe both have only one 8-pin 12V connector, which suggests that ASUS have shelled out a few more reddies on the VRM for the socket on the Deluxe. Whether that plays out to any performance gain, or a raise in the performance ceiling, we’ll find out in due course.
The main back panel change, apart from the presence of dual gigabit Ethernet, is the combination PS/2 mouse and keyboard port, and the CMOS clear button. The button itself is recessed slightly behind the 5.1 audio and the USB ports on either side, so in order to press it, you really have to be searching for it. Or if your cat decides it’s a toy on the back panel and accidentally claws it with some force.
Other additions/changes of note is the PLX chip between the first PCIex16 slot and the first PCI slot, and the relocation of the bridging USB2.0/3.0 to SATA ASMedia chip to a more central location next to the battery. The Deluxe, like the Pro, has eight SATA ports in total, but these are labelled, and shows four SATA 3Gb/s (labelled 3, 4, 5 and 6), two SATA 6Gb/s, and two more SATA 6Gb/s, designated ‘E’. This raises a couple of questions – what happened to SATA 3Gb/s which are labelled 1 and 2? If the 6Gb/s ‘E’ designation is for eSATA, why are the back-panel eSATA ports labelled 3Gb/s?
Obviously, expect the Deluxe to retail at a high price than the Pro. How much more, we don’t know yet, and ASUS is keeping that info to themselves.
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AnnihilatorX - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - link"Surprisingly, only one 8-pin 12V connector is on the board, which is somewhat odd if the board has a liquid nitrogen mode and power needs to be pumped into the CPU."
Just on the right hand side of the first PCIe X16 next to VRMs, there is also a 4-pin molex connector.
AnnihilatorX - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - linkOh sorry I didn't see that you mentioned it. Are you sure the power just goes to PCIe only?
IvanChess - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - linkI believe that 4-pin molex connector is a leftover from the AGP days and is actually meant to be plugged into the graphics card as an auxiliary power source. That's what it is on my board anyway.
Kiji - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - linkStill no UEFI... :(
Kiji - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - linkScratch that. Seems that the entire P67 lineup from Asus comes with EFI (http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/a... Can someone tell me the difference between UEFI and EFI or how do they relate to each other ? Maybe Anandtech can do an article about that, since it will be a trend in 2011 :P
XZerg - Monday, November 15, 2010 - linkEFI - Apple's version. UEFI - rest of the industry going to follow - Universal.
ViRGE - Monday, November 15, 2010 - linkClose but no cigar. The early Intel-developed versions of EFI are officially known as EFI, while the later EFI versions starting in 2005 developed by the Unified EFI Forum are UEFI. So both Apple and Asus would be using UEFI.
B3an - Monday, November 15, 2010 - linkYou're not right either... atleast i'm pretty sure you're not. Macs still use EFI.
PC's will get UEFI, which is basically EFI 2.0.
I know for certain that the current 2010 macbooks and pro's use EFI 1.1.
AmineBouhafs - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - link"And on the fifth day of x-mas my true love sent to me...an Asus Maximus IV Extreme!" :p
The_Lauging_Man - Sunday, November 14, 2010 - linkBesides the extra 4-pin molex where the first PCIe x1 would be that was mentioned, I see a second right angle mounted 4-pin molex beneath the PCIe X4 slot. There is no mention in the article about this connector. Would both 4-pin molex be for powering the PCIe slots. I have a felling that this would not be the case, but can't say either way. I also like the plethora of 4-pin fan headers on the board.