ASUS Hybrid Motherboards Deliver Fast Performance and UncompromisedStability
ASUS P7P55D Series Feature the Latest Intel Chipset, 48 Hybrid PhasePower, and SATA 6Gbps Connectivity
LGA1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5 Processors
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
DDR3 2133 (O.C.) /1600 /1333 /1066 MHz
DDR3 2000 (O.C) /1600/1333MHz
48 Hybrid Phase**
24 Hybrid Phase**
16 Hybrid Phase**
10-ch HD, DTS
8-ch HD, DTS
6x SATA 3Gb/s
9x SATA 3Gb/s
8x SATA 3Gb/s
7x SATA 3Gb/s
1x eSATA (by bracket)
2x eSATA (one by bracket)
1x Ultra DMA
1x Ultra DMA
2x SATA 6Gb/s
2x SATA 6Gb/s (Add-on-card)***
12 (8 ports at back panel, 4 ports at mid-board)
14 (8 ports at back panel, 6 ports at mid-board)
2 ports (One at mid-board, one at back panel)
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!
Because the second most expensive model looks more impressive than the most expensive one.
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!
"I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot... but I cried when HAL was turned off."
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.
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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