Intels Sandy Bridge is scheduled to arrive in early 2011 along a family of 6-series core-logic chipsets and a flood of motherboards fitted with the updated LGA1155 socket. Asus plans to have a bunch of compatible products ready for the big launch day, and over the weekend they begun sharing a bit of what you can expect in terms of features and diversity. In total, the company is planning to release 17 boards based on the P67, H67 and Q67 chipsets.
The folks over at Tech Report have the details on five of those products, including the Asus Maximus IV Extreme, Sabertooth P67, and three P8P67 variants. The Maximus IV Extreme is Asus latest addition to its Republic of Gamers line and includes several ROG-exclusive features like ROG Connect for on-the-fly overclocking and on-board voltage read points. It also has four DDR3 memory slots, four PCI-Express x16 slots for multi-GPU configurations, four SATA II and SATA III ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and 7.1-channel audio.
The Sabertooth P67 is part of Asus' recently introduced TUF line that caters to folks looking for better reliability. The board is covered with a plastic layer, dubbed Tactical Jacket, designed to direct airflow over various onboard components. It comes with a 5-year warranty, "military-grade" electrical components, and a slew of thermal sensors.
Meanwhile among the P8P67 boards is a Mini-ITX variant, the P8P67-I, which squeezes in two SO-DIMM slots, one PCI-Express x16 slot, two SATA 6.0 Gbps and two 3.0 Gbps ports, and a bunch of connectivity options within a diminutive footprint. Youll be able to find USB 3.0 spread all over these boards, some of them using the companys own he ASMedia controller, which is still going through USB-IF certification and is said to be faster than NECs silicon. Many details are still under NDA but you can find some additional pictures and more information here.