Intel’s launch of the Sandy Bridge processor and P67/H67 chipset and the AMD Brazos platform has begun a paradigm shift in computing with every CPU having integrated graphics on it potentially moving forward. In any event the two companies are putting more transistors on the CPU moving the memory controller and the external graphics controller to the CPU rather than a separate Northbridge chip as in the past.
Intel launched the Sandy Bridge processor family with a variety of models for both the mobile and desktop space. They also released two different chipsets to support the new CPUs, as generally when Intel releases a new CPU architecture they also release one or two new chipsets. The Sandy Bridge platform has two new chipsets, the P67 Express chipset designed for the overclocker and the user wanting external graphics, and the H67 Express chipset designed for the mainstream user wanting to use integrated graphics as their main solution or as an option. ASUS releases a wide variety of solutions on both Intel and AMD platforms and today’s review is on the P8H67-M EVO microATX motherboard.