The ASUS P8P67 (B3) Deluxe is an LGA1155 Socket motherboard based on Intel's P67 chipset for 2nd generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs (Sandy Bridge architecture).
With seven different variants of their P8P67 Series, this Deluxe version is a premium motherboard offering three PCI Express x16 slots, four USB 3.0 ports, four SATA6 ports, built in BlueTooth v2.1 + EDR, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and DIGI+VRM's which fully support Intel's VRD12 specifications, which according to ASUS is a 16+2 phase design.
The AI7 is one of Abit's latest motherboards to introduce an innovative new set of features dubbed 'uGuru'. uGuru is Abit's own on-board processor that allows real-time monitoring and tweaking of the motherboard in Windows. The idea behind uGuru sounds great, but is windows based so all you Linux users will have little or no use for this function.
Well, I was in the market to upgrade one of my home workstations. Since I work mostly from my laptop (Stay tuned for my Latitude 840 review) I really did not want to spend a whole bunch of money on the upgrade. So I wandered down to my local computer shop to hunt for some new hardware. I began looking at this board from ECS. I had never purchased an ECS board and never worked with a SiS chipset. The shop owner told me that he had some rather good experience with the ECS K75SA, although in mostly on MS Windows. If I was not satisfied with it I could always return it. What the heck I decided to give it a go!
When the specs for the first Athlons were released I was pretty stoked. SMP capability! I had been using the K62 line in my home PCs for a while and was fairly pleased with their performance. What I really lusted for was a low cost multi-processor system. I thought that the AMD Athlon would fulfill my fantasies. Well I was dead wrong!
With Socket A motherboards now being almost a dime a dozen, Abit steps in with it's contender, the KT7-RAID. This board packs a killer punch, and there is no question it is one of the top boards for Socket A processors. In the past, Abit has been quite innovative with its products, and the KT7-RAID continues this tradition. Lets see how this baby shapes up under Linux.
This BP6 motherboard was considered to be "bleeding-edge" technology and brought many "firsts" with its release. For those who don't know, "bleeding-edge" is technology considered to be too new and experimental to even be considered "cutting-edge". This board was the first motherboard to sport dual Socket 370 processors, and the first to offer an onboard Ultra ATA/66 controller with the BX chipset.