Intel P67 motherboard on show at ASRock

May 31, 2010 // 3:47 a.m.

Tags: #asrock #chipset #computex-2010 #ddr3 #intel #lga1155 #motherboard #p67 #pch #sandybridge #sandy-bridge

COMPUTEX 2010: It's only 10:20am on the morning before Computex 2010 really starts, but ASRock has its Intel P67 motherboard - the P67 Extreme 3 - up for show already.

Intel's P67 chipset will pair with the upcoming LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs not due until next year, so this board is somewhat early to say the least. ASRock does confirm what we already knew though - there's no USB 3 integrated into the P67 PCH but two of the six native SATA ports (in white) have been upgraded to SATA 6Gbps. ASRock also includes a pair of extra (white) SATA 6Gbps ports from a Marvell chipset too.

The P67 Extreme 3 claims support for DDR3 2,600MHz+ so we anticipate an even faster memory clocking Sandybridge CPU, although there are still "only" four DDR3 slots and support for the usual dual channel memory.

ASRock throws in 12+2 phases of power for the CPU socket, and claims 3-way ATI CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support, even though the bottom slot (in white) is still only a PCI-Express 4x electrically and is wired from the P67 PCH. The LGA1155 Sandybridge CPU still only offers a single 16x lane as well, as the boards second PCI-Express slot (in blue) is only 8x electrically too.

Given the fact that the upcoming X58 replacement, LGA2011, appears to be even further into server territory (and therefore out of our consumer/prosumer domain) then Intel will have to offer something considerable from the CPU to warrant upgrades from the current LGA1156 platform. There's also nothing to plug the gap for a full, dual/triple PCI-Express 16x lane multi-GPU solution either.

It looks like the upcoming P67 PCH requires no more cooling than the current P55, and we think the "7" in 67 is its native support for SATA 6Gbps and RAID - if we reference the current difference H55 and H57 chipsets.

We grabbed what photos we could as the stand was still being prepared, so we'll try to update this article later with better pictures.

Intel's P67 hasn't convinced us it's upgrade worthy yet. Time will tell what the Sandybridge CPUs can offer then. Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

Intel P67 motherboard on show at ASRock Intel P67 motherboard shown off by ASRock
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Intel P67 motherboard on show at ASRock Intel P67 motherboard shown off by ASRock
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Intel P67 motherboard on show at ASRock Intel P67 motherboard shown off by ASRock
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