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Monday, September 05, 2011
Asus SaberTooth P67 B3 review

1. Features

Today we are testing a product that has been available on the market for quite some time now. Asus' Sabertooth P67 B3 motherboard is based on the Intel P67 chipset and promises to offer higher performance than competitive offerings as well as some unique features.

Sabertooth is part of Asus' TUF series of products, which deliver a "tough" image. The motherboard has a unique design and it is based on military-standard components designed to offer stability durability and, all-round compatibility.

A quick glance is enough to understand why that this Sabertooth stands out: the TUF Thermal Armor. This is an air duct covering all of the most important components of the board which provides air circulation while blocking external heat from video cards. In addition to thermal armor, the Sabertooth has what ASUS calls “TUF Thermal Radar”. This feature uses a total of 12 onboard sensors to give users a clear picture of the entire board’s thermal status.

"TUF Engine" DIGI+VRM 8+2 power design, ESP technology and military-standard components are some of the key components of this motherboard.

Based on the latest Intel P67 Express Chipset, this motherboard is ready to host the second generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors.

- Features

  • Intel LGA1155 socket for Intel 2nd Generation Core i7/ Core i5/ Core i3 Processors
  • Intel P67 Express Chipset
  • TUF Thermal Armor - Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation
  • TUF Thermal Radar - Real Time Temp Detection and Heat Removal
  • TUF Components [Alloy Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; Certified by Military-standard] - Certified for Tough Duty
  • ESP [Efficient Switching Power Design] - Optimal power efficiency for key components

The features of the Asus Sabertooth P67 B3 model are explained in detail at Asus' homepage. Below we have listed the most important of them:

TUF Thermal Armor

Total Airflow-Boosting Heat Dissipation

The TUF Thermal Armor is a thermal design for the entire motherboard, not just for select critical areas. Asus has designed it in order to safeguard the system against hot air generated by connected cards and components, keeping temps down. With its sophisticated and agile integrated shunt design, the Thermal Armor improves cool air circulation, directing it towards every important part for a complete motherboard cool down. It conducts hot air away and out of the case through special airflow channels, contributing to enhanced system stability and extending component lifespan.

 

TUF Thermal Radar

Real Time Temp Detection and Heat Removal

The TUF Thermal Radar monitors temps in critical parts of the motherboard in real time, automatically adjusting fan speeds to make sure the system maintains high stability without overheating. It consists of multiple sensors for various components on the motherboard, giving users the ability to monitor each one individually. The Thermal Radar automatically calculates ideal fan speeds based on different parameters selected by users for each component, keeping everything cooler and longer lasting.

 

DIGI+ VRM

Herald the Arrival of a New Digital Power Design Era

The new ASUS DIGI+ VRM design upgrades motherboard power delivery to a digital standard. The 8+2 digital architecture provides the highest power efficiency, generating less heat to enhance longer component lifespan and ensure minimal power loss. With ASUS DIGI+ VRM, users can adjust power phase performance, enabling new PWM voltage and frequency modulation controls. Digital 8+2 power phase design also expands the modulation spectrum for improved stability and lower VRM switching noise by dynamically detecting system load, empowering users with flexibility and precision to ensure optimized performance, system stability, and greater power efficiency.

- Full Specifications

CPU
- Intel Socket 1155 for Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 Processor/Core i5 Processor/Core i3 Processor/
- Support Intel 32nm CPU
- Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Chipset
- Intel P67 Express Chipset

Memory
- 4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1866/1800/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
- Dual Channel memory architecture
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion Slots
- 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
- 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
- 1 x PCI

Multi-GPU Support
- Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
- Supports ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology

Storage
- Intel P67 Express Chipset
- 2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (brown)
- 4 xSATA 3Gb/s ports (black)
- Intel Rapid Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
- Marvell PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
- 2 xSATA 6Gb/s ports (gray)
- JMicron JMB362 SATA controller
- 1 xPower eSATA 3Gb/s port (green)
- 1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (red)

LAN
- Intel 82579 Gigabit LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Audio
- Realtek ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O

IEEE 1394
- VIA VT6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB
- NEC USB 3.0 controllers
- 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports at mid-board for front panel support; 2 ports at back panel [blue])
- Intel® P67 Express Chipset
- 14 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)

TUF Features

"Ultimate COOL!" Thermal Solution
- TUF Thermal Armor
- TUF Thermal Radar

"TUF ENGINE!" Power Design
- 8+2 Digital Phase Power Design
- TUF Components (Alloy choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
- E.S.P. : Efficient Switching Power Design

"Safe & Stable!" Guardian Angel
- ESD Guards
- MemOK!
- Anti Surge

Other Special Features
- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
- ASUS EFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- AI Suite II
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS

Internal I/O Connectors
- 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector(s) supports additional 2 USB ports (19-pin; moss green)
- 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 connector(s) support additional 6 USB ports
- 1 x MemOK! button
- 4 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors ( 2 x gray; 2 x brown)
- 4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s (black)
- 1 x IEEE 1394a connector
- 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4-pin)
- 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (1 x 4-pin; 1 x 3-pin)
- 1 x Power Fan connector(s) (3-pin)
- 1 x Assistant Fan connector (3-pin)
- 1 x S/PDIF Out connector
- 24-pin EATX Power connector
- 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- 1 x COM connector
- 1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper




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