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ASUS Introduces P7P55D Series Motherboards With P55 Express Chipset

ASUS Introduces P7P55D Series Motherboards With P55 Express Chipset

Today, ASUS introduced the P7P55D Series motherboards featuring the Intel P55 Express chipset and support for the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors. The motherboards come with Hybrid Processor, which gives users intelligent performance enhancement; Hybrid Phase, which provides active cooling; and Hybrid OS for rapid online access. Read on for additional details regarding all of the new motherboards, including the P7P55D Premium which natively supports 6Gbps data transfer bandwidth with the latest SATA storage interface.

ASUS Hybrid Motherboards Deliver Fast Performance and Uncompromised Stability

ASUS P7P55D Series Feature the Latest Intel Chipset, 48 Hybrid Phase Power, and SATA 6Gbps Connectivity

Fremont, CA, Sept. 8th, 2009 - ASUS, the leading innovator of advanced motherboard solutions, today launches the ASUS P7P55D Series motherboards. Featuring the Intel® P55 Express chipset, the P7P55D Series supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5 Processors for maximum performance. The P7P55 Series is based on groundbreaking “Xtreme Design”, a winning design formula drawn from many years of engineering innovation, to optimize overall system performance and hardware reliability. It also includes the latest Hybrid Technology—Hybrid Processor, Hybrid Phase, and Hybrid OS—to give users intelligent performance enhancements, active cooling, and rapid online access.

Achieving 6Gbps Storage Bandwidth with Exclusive Expansion Bridges

Equipped with a specially-designed onboard chip, the P7P55D Premium is the first motherboard to natively support 6Gbps data transfer bandwidth with the latest SATA storage interface. The P7P55D Premium’s expansion bridge nearly doubles the throughput on the latest SATA devices, - enabling 50% faster reading and writing of disk data. For other P7P55D Series models, ASUS also provides an expansion card to achieve the same results.

Optimizing Efficiency with Revolutionary Hybrid Phase Power Delivery

Users can expect maximum power efficiency, extremely cool operation, and enhanced component longevity from the P7P55D Series. With its Hybrid Phase Technology—combining ASUS Xtreme Phase with ASUS T.Probe—the series delivers maximum efficiency and extremely stable power. ASUS T.Probe is the world’s first active cooling technology that detects and balances power phase loadings and temperatures in real time. A new frequency conversion technology further improves efficiency by maximizing energy utility. High-grade materials enhance component longevity and further minimize power loss.

Enhancing Performance with an Intelligent Hybrid Processor

The P7P55D Series lets users achieve superior overclocking performance with the latest Intel CPU and the ASUS Hybird Processor: TurboV EVO. Both novice and advanced overclockers can easily boost system performance with TurboV EVO’s intuitive interface and three easy-to-use tools. Auto Tuning automatically overclocks and self-tests the system to an extreme yet stable state. ASUS OC Profile offers the best overclocking settings for different scenarios. ASUS Turbo Key assigns keyboard hotkeys for instantaneous overclocking. ASUS TurboV Remote* allows users to adjust performance settings from a convenient controller.

Hybrid OS Delivers Express Gate and Windows 7 Benefits

Hybrid OS integrates Windows® readiness and ASUS Express Gate onto the ASUS P7P55D Series for more flexibility. Users can upgrade to Windows® 7 and have better security and faster performance, while Express Gate delivers rapid access to common online applications—within five seconds.

Warranty and Service

ASUS offers a no-strings attached 3 year warranty on all P7P55D Series models. Additionally, many models qualify for ASUS Premium Service, offering cross-ship replacement for minimal downtime. For more information about APS, visit: livesupport.asus.com/aps/

Specifications

 

P7P55D Premium

P7P55D Deluxe

P7P55D EVO

P7P55D PRO

P7P55D

P7P55D LE

CPU Socket

LGA1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5 Processors

Chipset

Intel® P55 Express Chipset

Memory

DDR3 2133 (O.C.) /1600 /1333 /1066 MHz

DDR3 2000 (O.C) /1600/1333MHz

Power Phase

48 Hybrid Phase**

24 Hybrid Phase**

16 Hybrid Phase**

16 Hybrid Phase**

16 Hybrid Phase**

8+2 Phase

PCIex16 Slots

2

3

3

3

2

2

Multi-GPU

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX/SLI

CrossFireX

CrossFireX

Gbit LAN

x2

x2

x2

x1

x1

x1

Audio

10-ch HD, DTS

10-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

8-ch HD, DTS

Storage

6x SATA 3Gb/s

9x SATA 3Gb/s

8x SATA 3Gb/s

7x SATA 3Gb/s

7x SATA 3Gb/s

6x SATA 3Gb/s

1x eSATA (by bracket)

1x eSATA (by bracket)

2x eSATA (one by bracket)

2x eSATA (one by bracket)

1x eSATA

1x eSATA

1x Ultra DMA

1x Ultra DMA

1x Ultra DMA

1x Ultra DMA

1x Ultra DMA

1x Ultra DMA

2x SATA 6Gb/s

2x SATA 6Gb/s (Add-on-card)***

USB

12 (8 ports at back panel, 4 ports at mid-board)

14 (8 ports at back panel, 6 ports at mid-board)

1394a

2 ports (One at mid-board, one at back panel)

N/A

MSRP

$279

$229

$199

$179

$155

$139


* Available only in the P7P55D Premium and Deluxe models
** Hybrid Phase = Xtreme Phase * T.Probe. Hybrid Phase equates power efficiency achieved in other power phase designs
*** The PCIE GEN2 SATA 6G card is sold separately.

Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Please visit usa.asus.com for more details.

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Wait, so I'm really confused about the whole "Hybrid OS" thing. Are they saying that they put more than just Splashtop right on the motherboard? That's certainly what, "Hybrid OS integrates Windows® and ASUS Express Gate onto the ASUS P7P55D Series for more flexibility" sounds like to me.

More details, please!

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^Agreed^

Because the second most expensive model looks more impressive than the most expensive one.

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I dunno, mentaldisorder; you're getting more robust power, which means more overclocking capability. The number of SATA ports is not such a problem-- even with a RAID 0+1 or similar, you will likely never need more than 6 SATA ports. (And yes, I know I'm leaving myself open to people who say they absolutely cannot live without a dozen. Personally I don't have that much porn.)

The PCIe 16x slot situation is something which begs explaining. Is the Premium running both at 16x speed? Because there are some reviews who say that the Pro and Deluxe models have three slots, but if you run multiple GPUs, they run at 8x/8x/4x or similar. If that's the case I'd rather have two at full speed than three at reduced speed.

And I'm also curious about the SATA 6.0 GB/sec option, included in the Premium and Deluxe (they don't want us to call it "SATA-III" as that would be confusing). If this is unique to the Asus line, I can toss my research on other motherboards-- by the time I get to using a SSD, their read speeds will have oversaturated SATA 3.0 GB/sec!

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48 Hybrid Phase versus even 16 ... this creates a credibility problem consider PSU efficiency I think is a greater issue. When I build a new system it is always a shot in the dark about what size PSU to buy. Obviously it need to be large enough, but too large & you have spent too much and lose efficiency.

Then we have mobos with all kinds of thrifty power saving ability, but how do you know? Compared to what?

I am an OC-er, so I understand the patience necessary to get a stable computer. But I just can't imagine putting much effort into *possibly* saving a watt when the change in PSU load (less efficiency) may offset set the gain ... at least not on my nickel. I would really like to see reviews or benchmark comparisons.

 

 

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Some very interesting features here. I think the most surprising to me though is the price. Where's the $450 model this time! seriously though are we starting to see prices on enthusiast class MB's taper back down. It was getting quite ridiculous.

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