ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Mainboard Review - Introduction
Today, Intel officially announce it's Intel P55 chipset. This chipset supports the new LGA 1156 Socket type processors with integrated dual channel memory architecture. We have seen a couple of reviews of the Intel P55 mainboards. How will ASUS P7P55D Premium differ from it's competitor's design ?
Firstly, let's take a look at the specifications of this board. This board supports the Intel Core i7/i5 processor with Intel turbo boost technology. It is powered by Intel P55 Express chipset and supports up to 4 DIMM of a max of 16GB of DDR3-2133 (OC)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered memory or XMP. The board supports 6 SATAII ports with Intel matrix supporting RAID 0,1,5,10. The on boad Jmicron JMB368 supports 1 channel (2 PATA IDE devices). In addition, there is the Marvell 88SE9123 SATA3 controller supports two ports of SATA 6.0Gb/s (grey) ports.
In terms of graphics, it supports two full length PCIe 2.0 slots capable of running SLI or CF in Dual 8x mode. There is an additional 2 PCIe 2.0x 1 and 2 x PCI slots.
In addition, there is Dual GbE featuring AI NET2 and teaming. Audio is supported by 10 channel HDA Codec from VIA VT2020. 1394 is supported by VIA 6308P chipset on board. There are also 12 USB ports (4 at mid board, 8 at back panel) supported by the Intel P55 chipset itself.
For system stability, the board features a 32+3 phase power design, 32 phase for vcore and 3 phase for memory controller inside CPU. On board is a T.Probe microchip that detects and balance power phase loads and temperatures real-time.
For overclockers, there is ASUS TurboV EVO. It pushes the system to the fastest, stable clock speeds with auto tuning. Turbo Key boosts performance with a simple touch while Turbo V offers additional advanced options. Alternatively, you can use the TurboV Remote. This hardware controller can help you overclock, activate turbo key and adjust EPU (for power savings) directly from a side controller external to the PC.
For quiet thermal solution, the board uses a fanless design with heatpipe. Fan Xpert also help to cool down by adjusting both CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature. The board also uses Stack Cool 3+ effective heat dissipation.
Other features of this board include MemOK! Express Gate SSD, DTS surround, 10 channel audio, the ASUS EZ DIY includes Onboard switches, Q-Shield, EzFlash2, Q-Design, Q-Connector, OC Profile
Below is a video of the package.
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