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

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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http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571156

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2847/7

It's often less than 1%, but I've seen some reviews with up to 7% on dual-GPU cards in crossfire.

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sp12:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571156

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2847/7

It's often less than 1%, but I've seen some reviews with up to 7% on dual-GPU cards in crossfire.

 

Thanks for the links! So there is just a tiny gap. I guess it just comes down to the individual's budget and what they are looking for in a pc.

 

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RyuGTX:
it just comes down to the individual's budget and what they are looking for

Exactly,.............My latest P55 board wasn't tested here and I wonder how it would have stacked up to the others. I know it works well for me, and it's friendly with many types and brands of memory sticks. (not all P55 boards are)

It's just $109.00 and has a good feature set. It also will accommodate an LGA-775 CPU Cooler as well as the LGA-1156 CPU Coolers. I was able to utilize an extremely efficient older style LGA-775 Asetek VapoChill Micro cooler with my i5-750 CPU and it's working wonderfully.

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You could do some benchmarks and upload them here. The test setup should be pretty similar because you got the same cpu that they used. The RAM they used wasn't anything special. They did have a Velociraptor though. It would at least give us a ballpark figure to compare between higher-end motherboards and an ASRock for just a little over $100.

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I looked up that Vapochil cooler and it's outright impressive, I"m glad you were able to keep your old cooler.

What board was it exactly?


On another note, the i7-870 actually outperforms the 920 for less, which surprises me, but makes this system look even more attractive. I definitely feel that this is the best value bar AMD's upcoming Thubans.

Even then, Intel's new setup will be out early next year, but it's still an attractive platform.

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sp12:
What board was it exactly?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157171

It's an ASRock P55 Pro and yes, the Vapochill cooler is impressive.

 

 

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Dang Realneil,
 
looks like you have a pretty impressive setup there.
About the only thing different from the current contest computer would be the SSD and ATI's!

Did you win this one from HH?

Both make my pitiful Stock HP Core2duo/FProv3700, Look like a Yugo racing with Ferrari's :(

I was thinking about that board, I just haven't heard to much about ASRock? I was leaning towards Gigabite, EVGA or ASUS. Although I was leaning towards an AM3 MoBo. Because the first thing on the list is an Fire8700 or 8800. I just wish the I7's weren't so darn expensive, I do hear their turbo is good for rendering.

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animatortom:
Did you win this one from HH?

Yes, I won it here about three or four contests ago. (thanks again Hot-Hardware!) They keep giving away faster and better computers every time they have a contest on this site. Imagine what will be available in a years time!

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animatortom:
I just haven't heard to much about ASRock?

Owned and operated by ASUS, they incorporate many of the same features.

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animatortom:
I do hear their turbo is good for rendering

It's good for any and everything so far. A seriously pissed-off computer.

I always gravitated towards AMD based computers because that's what I could afford to buy. (I'm on a retirement income) But winning this, and then winning another Intel computer a few months later really changed everything for me here at home. Both machines are quite capable of playing all of my games without ANY problems at all. One of my sons is due back from the middle east next month and he says that he misses playing UT3 with me in the computer room since he's been gone. Now we'll both have better computers to play on.

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realneil:

 

Owned and operated by ASUS, they incorporate many of the same features.

 

I did not know that! I always thought ASRock was some small company putting out odd motherboards like the ones that support both DDR2 and DDR3.

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They advertise it pretty heavily online, but I feel that it'd be better if they just went by 'ASUS' to consolidate brand awareness.

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