ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard
Author: Jakob Barnard
Editor: Josh Maronde
Date: 11-17-2011
Provided by: ASUS

ASUS has released some interesting boards in the past, but the Sabertooth line caught my attention when we first saw it at the beginning of the year and I will get to why in a moment. Today we are going to take a look at the P67 variant with the B3 chipset revision. The B3 is important to note, though only because we all remember the recall fiasco when the 1155 Sandy Bridge sockets debuted in January. There have been a whole lot of P67 boards to hit the market since then, even the new Z68 chipset is out, so why would this board in particular stand out for me? Three words The Ultimate Force, otherwise known as TUF.

TUF series boards in general all have three key elements: I/O connectivity, component quality and reliability / cooling technology. ASUS uses military-grade components on TUF boards and as such, this product line features a five year warranty and goes through a different internal validation test compared to standard boards. But it's the cooling aspect, a cover over the entire board known as Thermal Armor, that I'm most excited about.

The purpose of this cover is to keep heat generated from expansion cards (for example - that huge graphics card you have installed) away from the PCB. Additionally, thermal buildup occurs at hotposts on motherboards and has traditionally been difficult to effectively target and cool. The Thermal Armor creates air channels that target key hotspots in an effort to reduce component temperatures. If you use a downward-firing heatsink, airflow from the fan is designed to enter these air channels around the CPU socket to effectively cool components. ASUS optionally sells a 50mm cooling fan that mounts just above the expansion slots to achieve the same effect.

Now that we have this board on our test bed, it's time for a closer look at some of the key features before putting it to the test.

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