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If you don’t know which mainboard to buy, try checking out ASUSTeK products. For each processor socket type and each available chipset they offer dozens of models differing in price and functionality, so you will most likely find a product that will match your specific criteria. Asus mainboards are known for their well-balanced design, excellent configuration and overclocking functionality, easy-to-use BIOS, and well-developed distribution and technical support system allows easily purchasing or fixing a mainboard in any part of the world. All manufacturers stress the use of high-quality components in their products, all of them promise superb reliability and fail-free operation, any mainboard may be repaired or replaced under warranty terms if there is a production defect or issue with it. However, only ASUSTeK offer a specific “TUF” mainboard series (“The Ultimate Force”), which come with an extended 5-year warranty. 5 years is an average life span of a mainstream computer system, it is the period of time when the performance and functionality of the average computer system remains sufficient for the tasks it is facing. After that, it is considered more cost-effective to purchase a new system instead of upgrading or repairing the old one. So, Asus “TUF” series of mainboards will guarantee that your computer system will run fail-free for its entire life span.

“TUF” mainboard series is still fairly young and until recently included only two models. The first one was Sabertooth 55i mainboard based on Intel P55 Express chipset and supporting LGA1156 processors. We really wish we had the opportunity to review this product in the past, however, it won’t be of interest today anymore. Instead we were lucky to check out Sabertooth X58, which made a very good overall impression. Its major peculiarity was a combination of 5-year warranty, extended functionality and relatively low price, which was comparable with the price of other mainboards based on Intel X58 Express. Of course, this unique combination of features makes the mainboard one of the primary choices for purchase. Today is the era of Sandy bridge processors, so it was obvious that an Asus Sabertooth P67 “TUF” mainboard would eventually come around, which would be based on Intel P67 Express and support LGA1155 CPUs. So, our today’s review will be dedicated to a mainboard like that.

Package and Accessories

“TUF” mainboards are packaged into boxes of the same particular design. All six sides of steel-gray cardboard packaging, that resembles a metal box, indicate clearly that Asus Sabertooth P67 uses a new B3 revision of the Intel P67 Express chipset. There is a photo of the mainboard on the back of the box and a brief list of technical specifications. The list of mainboard’s major features can be found behind the front flip-cover:

The mainboard itself is inside an individual box with a plastic cover. The bundled accessories are neatly arranged in two-section box beneath:

  • Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones. One pair is specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (marked with white segments on the connectors);
  • A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
  • Four screws for attaching an additional 50x50x10 mm fan;
  • 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 “ThermalRadar”;
  • 5-year warranty slip in several languages;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Powered by ASUS” and “TUF Inside” stickers for the system case.

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