What you see pictured above is the Asus P7P55 Pro motherboard based on the Intel P55 PCH (platform controller hub). Due to the fact that Lynnfield processors feature an integrated memory controller, like current Core i7 processors, and that they're outfitted with 16 lanes of on-die PCI Express connectivity, there's no need to pair the processors with a dual-chip chipset, like the X58, for example. Instead, Lynnfield processors will connect only to the P55 PCH, eliminating the need for the second chip. Lynnfield processors will also have fewer pads than current Core i7s and require a new socket with "only" 1156 pins (LGA-1156). As such, motherboards for Lynnfield should be less complicated to produce, and of course more affordable.
As you can see, the Asus P7P55 Pro has the P55 PCH mounted in the traditional position for the Southbridge and it's adorned with only a basic aluminum heatsink. The motherboard is equipped with dual PCI Express x16 graphics slots, a pair of PCIe x1 slots and a trio of PCI slots. There are a couple of additional blue heatsinks on the components in the VRM as well and all of the board's various connectors and headers are situated around the edges of the PCB. Note the 8-PIn power connecter is pushed all the way to the far, top edge of the board, just behind one of the VRM heatsinks.
We'll fill you in with more news regarding Intel's Lynnfield processors as we have it. For now, enjoy the pics.
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