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Intel P67 motherboard spotted at Computex 2010
ASRock P67 Extreme 3, based on LGA 1155
Our friends from bit-tech recently published a story from Computex 2010 indicating that at least one motherboard hardware manufacturer has produced a design based on Intel’s upcoming P67 mainstream chipset.
According to the report, that manufacturer is ASRock, and the name of the board is P67 Extreme 3. Intel’s P67 chipset will pair with the upcoming LGA 1155 desktop platform based on first-generation Sandy Bridge 32nm architecture. The company has been able to confirm that there is no USB 3.0 integration with this second-generation PCH chipset, however, but it did mention that two of the six native SATA II ports have been upgraded to SATA III 6Gbps.
The ASRock P67 Extreme 3 features three PCI-E 2.0 slots, with the top slot providing x16 bandwidth, the middle slot providing x8 bandwidth, and the bottom slot providing x4 bandwidth. By utilizing all three available slots, the board will be able to support Nvidia Tri-SLI and ATI Tri-CrossFireX (as well as Quad-SLI and Quad-CrossFireX with two dual-GPU solutions), although bandwidth may be severely limited for more high-performance enthusiast GPUs on the market.
As far as memory is concerned, the board features four slots with support for DDR3 2600MHz+ speeds in dual-channel mode. In other words, Sandy Bridge motherboard designs like the P67 Extreme 3 should significantly raise the bar for achievable overclocking limits of what is capable on a mainstream platform.
The board also features a 12 + 2 “advanced” power phase design, sporting ASRock DuraCap high-quality conductive polymer capacitors that offer 2.5x longer lifetime than conventional capacitors. It has also been noted that the upcoming P67 second-generation PCH requires no more cooling than the current P55 chipset, and bit-tech believes the “7” in P67 denotes support for native SATA 6Gbps and RAID.
While the successor to the P55 platform isn’t due to release until Q1 2011, we are appreciative of ASRock’s unveiling of an early prototype design based on Sandy Bridge and hope to uncover more details as Computex 2010 progresses over the next few days.