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The ASUS P8P67 Deluxe board is a full-sized ATX motherboard with an all-black coloring. The upper right hand corner of the board is where the 8-pin power connector is located. ASUS has put purple heatsinks over the MOSFETs and the DIGI+ VRMs. These are connected via a heatpipe to the Dual Intelligent Processors II via another heatpipe to the P67 Express PCH chip heatsink.
The CPU area is clear of obstacles with only solid capacitors surrounding the LGA-1155 Socket. Below the CPU Socket are four DIMM slots. These can take up to 32GB of DDR3 2200 (OC) memory. Sandy Bridge processors have the memory controller on the CPU with up to DDR3-1600MHz supported out of the box. If you enable the XMP (eXtreme Memory Profiles) and overclock the CPU you can extend the memory frequency to up to DDR3-2200 if it supports it.
The bottom of the board is where the TPU switch is located that is thrown when you want the board to automatically overclock the system. Next to that TPU is where the MemOK! button is located. This button is to enable the MemOK! function, which sets the memory settings to a default setting that allows memory that is incompatible with the board to function. The blue header next to the 24-pin power connector is to connect the USB 3.0 front panel box that’s included with the bundle.
There are eight SATA 6Gb/second ports on this board. Four of these are of the SATA 6Gb/second variety in White and Purple. The P67 Express chipset supports two SATA 6Gb/second ports natively. ASUS has includes a Marvell chip to control the other two SATA 6Gb/second ports on the board. The Marvell chip supports HyperDuo which I explained in the Features section of the review. Four SATA 3Gb/second ports are also included (Blue). The left side of the board has the FP I/O headers, followed by the POST LED, two fan headers, two USB 2.0 headers, the Power and Reset buttons, the Firewire header and the AAFP header.
The P8P67 Deluxe has three PCI Express Generation 2.0 x16 slots. Two of these, the purple and white ones support x16 speed. When two video cards are installed they operate at x8 speed. The third slot operates at x4 speed. Two PCI Express x1 slots and two regular PCI slots are also included on the P8P67 Deluxe. Onboard audio is provided by the Realtek ALC889 CODEC. The Rear I/O on the board consists of a PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port, a Bluetooth module, two External SATA ports (one Power external SATA), a Firewire port, two LAN (RJ45) ports with one being controlled by an Intel LAN, two USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, two S/PDIF Out for coaxial and optical, 8-channel audio I/O and a Clear CMOS Switch.