ASUS have given the Sabertooth P67 some mean looking packaging. The box has metallic looking artwork and we can see that this board is from the TUF (The Ultimate Force) family. As per usual, the technical specifications are found on the reverse of the box and the front cover opens out to reveal key features.
Sabertooth P67 packaging
Opening the box to reveal the bundle we can see there are a series of manuals and other bits. Included in the bundle we have:
+ User Guide
+ Thermal Radar & Digi+VRM
+ Quick Start Guide
+ Drivers CD
+ CrossfireX bridge
+ SATA 3G & 6G cables
+ Certificate of Reliability
As you will appreciate there are quite a number of items above. The Certificate of Reliability in particular is a nice touch, it shows that the capacitors, chokes and MOSFETs have all been tested for endurance.
Sabertooth P67 bundle
Our board is protected within an anti-static bag, but removing this from the packaging will instantly cause one eyebrow to be raised. The Sabertooth P67 is unlike anything you will have seen previously. Encasing all of the components and capacitors except all of the major lanes, ports and sockets there is a plastic shroud named the "TUF Tactical Vest". This has a dual purpose of protecting the board but also, ASUS claim that it will encourage better, more efficient chipset cooling with the assistance of a top-down style CPU cooler. For the purpose of testing the efficiency of this cover I will be analysing performance with the Noctua NH-C14 with and without the TUF Tactical Vest installed a little later.
The Sabertooth P67 - unique in styling and appearance