Chipset delays aside, Sandy Bridge has been one of the most anticipated and impressive releases we've seen from Intel in recent years. The first wave of processors demonstrated superior efficiency as they pushed aside significantly more expensive processors from earlier generations while using even less power. The Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K models also offer effortless overclocking potential without demanding excessive price premiums.
When we got our first taste of the Sandy Bridge architecture, we also had the chance to test out some impressive looking gigabyte motherboards in the P67A-UD4 and H67MA-UD2H. For those building a new high-end rig from the ground up, the LGA1155 platform seems like the way to go, and there are already some exciting new P67 motherboards to choose from.
This is why we decided to put together a roundup featuring many of the best P67 motherboards available. Back in November 2009, we published a similar article that focused on P55 motherboards priced between $ 120 and $ 250. This particular rating included seven boards from Asrock, Asus, DFI, ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI.
This time we have five high-end motherboards from Asrock, Asus, ECS, Gigabyte, and MSI. EVGA only has a P67 board on offer and unfortunately our contact there didn't seem particularly interested in it compared to the competition. In the meantime, DFI seems to have fallen off the card as no LGA1155 motherboard has been designed yet.
That leaves us with the Asrock P67 Extreme6 ($ 210), the Asus P8P67 Deluxe ($ 240), the ECS P67H2-A2 ($ 195), the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 ($ 330) and the MSI P67A-GD55 ($ 160). The motherboards undergo the usual tests while we review the built-in features and compare their overclocking capabilities side by side.
It's a huge article so please contact us or alternatively switch to the make / model you are most interested in for in-depth coverage.