Yesterday we visited the ASRock headquarters here in Taipei and Chris Lee, Marketing Manager, was on hand to give us a full hands-on video look at their upcoming P67 Transformer motherboard.
The Transformer is an upcoming motherboard based on the Intel Sandy Bridge P67 Express chipset and should go on sale in early December. But what is so special about this motherboard and what gives it the right to attain the "Transformer" moniker?
You would expect a P67 motherboard to come with support for an upcoming Socket LGA-1155 processor from Intel, but in typical ASRock style, their on the toes engineers have come up with yet another unique idea. Most users with a current generation LGA-1156 Lynnfield processor now would probably be on a P55 based motherboard. ASRock came up with the idea of allowing users to experience all the new performance benefits of the P67 chipset while using their existing processor.
P55's chipset is PCI Express 1.0, while the upcoming P67 chipset is PCI Express 2.0. Chris commented that the P67 offers better storage performance over SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 because of the extra bandwidth on offer with PCI Express 2.0.
Watch the video above for the full run-down and what makes this motherboard special. Not a bad idea at all!