ASUS Sabertooth P67 Motherboard Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅12-01-11
Closer Look (Continued)

For graphics and other devices we have 3 - 1x PCI-E 2.0 lanes, 2 - 16x PCI-E 2.0 lanes and a legacy PCI lane. Each of the 16x lanes will run at 16x if you are using a single card but when using dual graphics cards the speed will drop to 8x between both lanes.

Southbridge heatsink is large

In the middle of the Tactical Vest is a small cover which can be removed to reveal a 3-pin fan header. Here you can mount a 50mm fan for additional cooling beside the graphics card. This cover will need to be removed to extract the Tactical Vest.

Space for 50mm fan to be mounted

With regards to I/O features we have there plenty of options. USB 2.0 in particular is abundant. From left to right we have:

+ PS2 Keyboard/Mouse
+ 2 X USB 2.0 (Black)
+ 2 X USB 2.0 (Red)
+ 1 X eSATA 3G (Red)
+ 1 X SPDIF Optical Audio
+ 2 X USB 2.0 (Black)
+ 2 X USB 2.0 (Black)
+ 1 X Firewire
+ 1 X eSATA 6G (Green)
+ 1 X Gigabit LAN RJ45
+ 2 X USB 3.0
+ 8 Channel Audio via Realtek 892

This entire back panel has a bridge running across the top courtesy of the Tactical Vest to give it additional protection.

Lots of functionality at the rear panel

Out of interest I thought it would be useful to show the bare motherboard. To remove the Tactical Vest 12 screws need to be extracted - 4 from the middle cover and 8 from the underside of the board. I'm undecided what looks more attractive, with or without the cover. The colour-scheme is dull and lacks any vibrancy. Brown, green and beige are the colours of the 80s.

With the Tactical Vest off. Ugly!

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