We performed our power consumption measurements using an Extech Power Analyzer 380803. This device is connected before the PSU and measures the power draw of the entire system (without the monitor), including the power loss that occurs in the PSU itself. In the idle mode we start the system up and wait until it stops accessing the hard disk. Then we use LinX to load CPU. For a more illustrative picture there are graphs that show how the computer’s power consumption grows up depending on the number of active execution threads in LinX.
The MSI XPower is very economical for an LGA1366 mainboard in the default operation mode but the ASUS P8P67 Pro is much better. At maximum load it needs only as much power as the MSI mainboard requires for running a single-threaded application. The difference is striking indeed.
We see the same picture during overclocking: the new system is far more economical and, as we already know, nearly always faster. Of course, there exist six-core LGA1366 processors which would deliver higher performance, but the new platform looks preferable in terms of price and power consumption anyway. Thus, although the LGA1366 platform may be optimal for special applications, the new LGA1155 is a more versatile platform for different categories of users.
During our tests of the ASUS P8P67 Pro we found a number of small issues and problems which might be expected considering the numerous innovations implemented in it. There is only one serious problem, though. It is the mainboard's inability to work at a memory frequency of 1600 MHz. I am sure that these issues will be fixed and off-the-shelf mainboards will be better than our sample. As we’ve already had a chance to check out new mainboards from other makers, we can state that ASUS P8P67 Pro has made the strongest impression so far.
We like ASUS's approach to developing products. Instead of building something from scratch, they add new features to the existing and time-tested functionality core. The P8P67 Pro is good in almost every aspect: starting with the useful accessories, and finishing with the rich and flexible EFI BIOS settings. Its broad functionality is enhanced with a powerful combination of additional controllers.
In our future reviews we will discuss different products, both simple and advanced, but you should be aware that the ASUS P8P67 Pro is just one model in a whole series of related ASUS mainboards based on Intel’s new chipsets. So, if it doesn't suit you for some reason, you may want to check out its cousin with the functionality and features you need. We hope you will get as much pleasure working and exploring its features as we did with our P8P67 Pro.