First, these are not the B3 boards you're looking for. Indeed, while many manufacturers are starting to ship the revised, bug-free motherboards, they aren't in time to make our high-end enthusiast-oriented P67 shootout. But there should be no cause for worry, since our testing has always used the SATA 6Gbps ports that are not affected by the Cougar Point glitch. Hence, there is no impact on our benchmarks.
Consumers should also be reassured by the fact that besides the chipset revision, there are practically no differences between the five motherboards we are reviewing today, and the B3 versions that will eventually be on retail shelves. The prices (unfortunately, as these boards aren't exactly cheap) and features will remain the same. The changes if any, are likely to be in the BIOS, though expect minor tweaks rather than a complete revamp.
What we have here today are five of the top P67 motherboards from the biggest motherboard brands now - ASRock, ASUS, ECS, Gigabyte and MSI. These are the exact models involved in our shootout:-
Boasting quality components and sturdy power delivery designs to enable that last gasp of overclocking, they come with features that enthusiasts will appreciate, from voltage measuring points to Lucid's Hydra chip. How do they actually fare when it comes to the rigors of overclocking? That's something we'll find out in the following pages. Check out the comparison page (note: huge table that's best viewed with 100% screen view) for those who need a broad view of each motherboard's various features and specs.