P55 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, EVGA, GB, Intel, MSI

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The first motherboard in our round up hails from the Asus camp. With one glance, its obvious the P7P55D Deluxe offers a number of interesting additions to compliment the P55 chipset. This product targets the enthusiast crowd by offering cutting edge looks, overclocking features and high end components. Like most Asus boards, this model makes use of a black PCB with large, aggressively designed heat sinks on the VRM and chipset. The P7P55D is an attractive board and the southbridge heatsink even lights up during normal operation.


Asus P7P55D Deluxe Motherboard

 Model P7P55D Deluxe
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1156 i5 / i7 Processors

Memory
Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports DDR3 2133 / 2000 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Up to 16 GB max
   
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (x16 single or x8 dual mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
2 x PCI slots

RAID
SATA 1-6 support Intel Matrix Storage Technology
SATA RAID 0/1/5/10
  
Audio
VIA VT2020 10-channel HD audio codec
Absolute Pitch BD192/24 feat. EVNY HD
DTS Surround Sensation Ultra PC
Supports jack detection, multi-streaming,
and front panel jack retasking
Asus Noise Filter

Networking
Dual LAN (10/100/1000) Realtek 8112L/8110SC
Back Panel I/O
8 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x RJ45 LAN jacks
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out port
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x Clear CMOS switch
6 audio ports

Accessories
Asus Q-Shield (Rear I/O panel)
1 x Asus SLI bridge
6 x SATA data cables
TurboV Remote
2 port USB / 1 port eSATA expansion bracket
IDE/PATA cable
Asus Q-Connector kit
User guide
Drivers and utilities disk


Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Warranty
3 years based on serial number

Price

$220



 

Its worth noting that the VRM on the P7P55D Deluxe makes use of a hybrid 16+3 phase configuration, where 16 phases are dedicated to the processor cores and three to the CPUs integrated memory controller. Additionally, the VRM contains low Rds MOSFETs, ferrite core chokes, and Japanese capacitors. Heat spreaders are even placed beneath the board in order to promote heat dissipation.

The P7P55D Deluxe features an integrated Asus T.Probe chip, which detects and balances power phase loads and temperatures on the fly. In other words, T.Probe helps the VRM components run cooler by leveling power distribution across active phases, which should extend the board's life span while offering reliable power output. Furthermore, the board sports the TurboV Evo chip which provides real time overclocking and tweaking assistance. This chip works directly with the TurboV remote, which connects directly to the board and allows users the ability to modify BCLK, voltages, and power settings within an OS environment.

Along the edge of the board, we find eight SATA 3Gbps connections. Thankfully, Asus made use of right angled ports to avoid compatibility issues with extended graphics cards. They even included onboard reset and power switches for any enthusiast that might use an open air enclosure or no case at all.

The rear I/O panel is home to PS/2 connections for both a keyboard and mouse, an optical S/PDIF out, a coaxial S/PDIF out, clear CMOS button, one Firewire port, eight USB 2.0 ports, a couple of RJ-45 LAN jacks, and 6 audio connections.


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