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When a new chipset comes out, we usually stop to review mainboards based on older chipsets, especially as we usually have published a lot of such reviews by that time already, and focus on new products. That’s out general strategy but there may be exceptions. Although we've already tested four Gigabyte mainboards based on the new Intel Z68 Express chipset, we want to return to the Intel P67 Express which is the core of the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe mainboard. We’ve already tested ASUS P8P67 Pro and Sabertooth P67 and know that ASUS products stand out among other LGA1155 mainboards. For example, the ASUS P8P67 Pro features an integrated Bluetooth module and EFI BIOS with new capabilities while the Sabertooth P67 is quite unique as it is clad in what is called TUF Thermal Armor and comes with a 5-year warranty. These two products illustrate that mainboards remain one of the top priorities for the company and we, in our turn, pay much attention to what ASUS has to offer. Moreover, the P8P67 Deluxe is not just a slightly improved P8P67 Pro, notwithstanding the similar names. It comes with more accessories, has more onboard controllers and features a different PCB design. So, let’s take a closer look at the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe starting from its packaging.

Packaging and Accessories

The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe comes in a standard-sized box with a front flap that can be flipped back to give you a view of the mainboard through the window. A picture of the product, a list of its specs and a brief description of its features can be found on the back of the box.

As an echo of the long-abated scandal, the mainboard is said to be based on the new, corrected version (B3) of the Intel P67 Express chipset. There can be some confusion about the revision numbers, by the way. The point that ASUS's marketing department wants to make it clear enough. Every ASUS mainboard based on the revision B3 chipset gets an appropriate addition to its model name (“rev 3.0” or higher) so that the buyer could see in the very name of the mainboard that the latter is based on the corrected chipset. On the other hand, when some minor changes are introduced into PCB design, this is indicated by a higher PCB revision. For example, the PCB revision of my sample of the mainboard is 1.03. So, I’m going to test an ASUS P8P67 Deluxe rev. 3.0 mainboard with a revision 1.03 PCB. It’s rather confusing, isn’t it?

The mainboard comes with a rather conventional set of accessories but the number of “special” SATA cables designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices is increased from two to four. Besides, there is a most helpful unit with two USB 3.0 ports which can be installed into a 3.5-inch bay of your system case.

Here is a full list of the accessories included with the mainboard:

  • Six SATA cables with metal connector locks, half with L-shaped locks and another half with straight ones. Two pairs are specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (marked with white segments on the connectors);
  • A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
  • Additional panel with two USB 3.0 ports to be installed into the 3-inch bay in the system case;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • “Asus Q-Connector” set including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB 2.0 port;
  • User manual;
  • A booklet about “DIGI+VRM” and “BT GO!” utilities;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Powered by ASUS” sticker for the system case.
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