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Old 08-05-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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"Even though the Intel Z68 chipset is out there, motherboards based on the Intel P67 continue to be attractive options for systems based on Intel socket 1155 CPUs. In fact, according to ASUS, the sales..."

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Old 08-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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"In fact, according to ASUS, the sales of P67-based motherboards are still outperforming those of Z68-based products."

The only reason why Asus is saying that P67 chipset boards are outselling their Z68 based boards is because they bought a boatload of P67 chipsets from Intel which they are still pushing despite their main competitor, Gigabyte, having moved on to the Z68 platform -- which in turn, Gigabyte, bought a boatload of.

Gigabyte was not able to buy as much P67 chipsets because Asus took most of the production, however; this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because Intel released the cheaper but better Z68 (Lucid Virtu/Smart response) which has now allowed Gigabyte to release lower priced Z68 boards against Asus' more expensive and "older" tech P67 chipsets.
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Hmm, a curious comment, given that ASUS has six Z68 mother boards on their website. I checked a popular E-tailer, and they had all of them except one in stock, and apparently have some model variations that are not seen on ASUS' web site.

Intel does list some pricing of apparently CPU and chipset combination's, and the Z68 combo was actually a few dollars more than the P67 combo.

The popularity difference may be due to the P67 being available for much longer than the Z68, and IMO a lukewarm reception of the Z68 by reviewers. The SSD caching feature is likely not popular with enthusiasts that already own decent sized SSDs, and the Lucid Virtu feature is not as flexible as it could be, and still needs work. Otherwise the SATA performance, for example, is the same in the P67 and Z68 in testing I've seen. Also, P67 board owners are likely not willing to buy a new board only a few months after they purchased it.
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Point taken and stand corrected on some issues.

Moving forward though, expect most mobo makers to release more and more Z68 based boards (if not already) vs P67 based ones. Asus will still have the P67 boards for quite some time due to the mentioned "boatload" order.
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Thank you for your very interesting "insider view" of the situation!
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