Intel’s P67 chipset has been widely deployed in a range of enthusiast and workstation motherboards, and its the general starting point for users looking for overclock their K-series chips. Many enthusiasts who now have Z68 rigs started out with P67, and this April Intel announced the discontinuation of the chip to make room for Z77.
For those who won’t abandon their boards, rest assured you’ll still be able to run Ivy Bridge chips. All you have to do is wait until the appropriate BIOS updates becomes available for your board, and the UEFI BIOS should support a wide range of Intel’s upcoming performance processors. Intel has released a milestone lists for those who still wish to purchase a P67 board before they disappear (perhaps for sentimental reasons?), which you can peruse below. With Ivy Bridge and Z77 nearing widespread availability, we’ll see some really good P67-based boards at bargain prices towards the second half of the year.
Forecasted Key Milestones:
Product Discontinuance Program Support Began: Apr 02, 2012
Product Discontinuance Demand to Local Intel Representative: Jul 06, 2012
Finalize Discontinuance Assurance: Aug 10, 2012
Last Corporate Assurance Product Critical Date: Oct 18, 2012
Last Product Order Date: Oct 26, 2012
Orders are Non-Cancelable and Non-Returnable After: Oct 26, 2012