Power Consumption and Conclusions
Editor’s Note: There are obviously some concerns about reviews on the 2nd Gen Intel Core processor platform, in particular motherboards based on the Cougar Point chipset, aka P67/H67. On January 31st, Intel announced that it had found a bug in its chipset that could cause issues with SATA channels disconnecting and has issued a recall on all or most parts. As a result, the majority of the Sandy Bridge based processors and P67/H67 motherboards have been pulled from online and retail sales.
You might wonder then why we are posting a review of such a product. In short, though we are disappointed that the products are not currently on the market for sale, the fact is that we have never seen these failure issues and the performance and features of the products still properly represents the capabilities it will offer when they return to the channel in March or April. We have several platform reviews finished or in the pipeline and we plan on publishing all of them for informational purposes to our readers – that is always our goal anyway.
But, expect to see this note of warning on every one of them.
During power consumption testing, the P67 Professional pulled a few more watts in idle and load testing than its counterparts from other vendors. The additional wattage under idle conditions suggests the additional gigabit LAN, PCIe slot, and other improvements are pushing the board’s power usage a bit higher than normal.
The Fatal1ty P67 Professional motherboard went beyond just being an attractive stunner in our test system to a proven-performer in our gaming benchmarks that included 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, Metro 2033, and Just Cause 2. The board’s performance in PCMark Vantage was a bit disappointing, but overall I recorded more than adequate results in media encoding, multi-threaded testing, and SiSoft Sandra 2011 benchmarks. These results gave us all the data we needed to access how the P67 Professional handles normal PC tasks as well as intensive gaming.
The P67 Professional really comes through in terms of overall features and bundled accessories. This board’s "claim to fame" is definitely its ability to support quad CrossfireX and SLI graphics configurations because so many gamers are using multi-monitor gaming systems that require high-end hardware. It also goes a step further by including additional USB 3.0 ports, dual Gigabit LAN, and beefy heatsinks to help cool the board’s power components.
Pricing and Availability
As of April 25, the Fatal1ty P67 Professional is available at Newegg for $239.99 with free shipping. This motherboard is also available at ChiefValue.com for $249.99 and AlrightDeals.com for $257.07.
We’d like to thank our friends at ASRock for providing the Fatal1ty P67 Professional for our review today. Seeing Fatal1ty back in the motherboard business is welcoming because it brings a stronger emphasis on how vendors need to optimize their products to accomodate specific audiences like high-end gamers. Fatal1ty is by far one of the most well-known PC gamers of our generation, and his brand continues to be linked to great hardware.
- Better than average overclocker
- Three PCIe x16 slots with quad SLI/CrossfireX support
- Excellent bundle of accessories
- UEFI BIOS
- Power usage under idle conditions higher than other P67 offerings we tested