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"With a new range of Intel CPUs, all of which utilise a new socket type, launched today, you're going to need a suitable motherboard to plug your shiny new processor into. But what to choose? Today should also see the release of a wealth of motherboards which make use of Intel's new P55 motherboard chipset, and today we'll be taking a look at just one of them - ASUS' P7P55D, which aims to be affordable while retaining plenty of the rich vein of features which tends to make the company's offerings stand out."
"ASUS launched nothing less than nine different socket 1156 motherboard models based on the new Intel P55 chipset. Today we are going to take a look on one that is currently being sold on the USD 170 range, called P7P55D PRO, which has lots of unique features and includes support for SLI."
"Ultra-high-end motherboards for Core i5 and i7-800 processors make little sense, but there are plenty of excellent mid-range models to choose from, including Asus' P7P55D and Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD4P. We've taken a close look at how those two boards match up against the P55 competition."
There are a couple of other decisions that will have to be made, mainly whether or not to get ready for the two other new technologies on the market…SATA 6gb/s, and USB 3. Many new P55 motherboards have onboard SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3, but were you aware that most of them actually use PCI-E lanes to compensate for the lack of buses to utilize these new methods of data transfer, taking those valuable lanes away from the video cards?
ASUS had a huge setup at CES, displaying both consumer electronics such as laptops and netbooks as well as individual components like graphics cards and motherboards. We were naturally more interested in the component side of things and were given a full tour of their new and upcoming products.
"Despite having many features that are pretty much useless, the ASUS P7P55D is a good example of what a budget P55 motherboard should be. It does not have all additional controllers like SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.0, or the PLX PCI Express switch, but maintained the same build quality as its pricier brothers, including the important features like the solid state capacitors, 12-phase VRM circuitry and a well-designed layout."
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