ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review
25 April 2010
Summary: ASUS' P7P55D Deluxe motherboard is an Intel P55 Express platform that represents the flagship feature set available to the Core i5 processor, along with a healthy dose of overclocking tools and features.
Excerpt: In motherboards—as in life—it’s the little things that bring the greatest pleasure. Take the new Core i5/i7 LGA1156 board, the Asus P7P55D Deluxe. Enthusiasts are used to the flashy heatsinks and tons of ports and slots, but small touches like Asus’s innovative RAM slots will make you take notice. Instead of using the typical latch connectors that can snag the GPU, Asus has designed a system that requires only one side of the RAM to be latched in.
Pros: Three overclocking choices to pick from; single-latch RAM.
Cons: Do you really need to overclock your machine in real-time from three feet away?
Conclusion: To put it bluntly, we are left a bit puzzled at how the P7P55D Deluxe performed. Competing against Gigabyte’s GA-P55-UD4P at the same exact CPU and memory clocks, we saw completely different results. At stock speeds the UD4P took the lead in almost every single benchmark. When things were overclocked, the P7P55D Deluxe managed to win a couple benches but overall the UD4P took the lead.
Summary: So what ASUS brings to the table is a very mature and extremely high performance P55 based motherboard. With the P7P55D Deluxe you'll get all the features and benefits that the P55 chipset has to offer, and then some more. The motherboards offers a wise variety of features when it comes to overclocking and as such the board really is targeted at the somewhat more advanced end user.
Summary: Well I beat the overclocking topic to death. Outside of the auto overclocking feature everything else overclocking related worked fine, but it did need more manual tweaking than other ASUS boards I've worked with in the past. I also had the previously mentioned USB floppy drive problem but other than those two issues the board worked flawlessly. It was the pinnacle of stability and the Integrated hardware was easy to work with and performed as expected.
Summary: When Intel launches a new processor ASUS is among the first companies with products ready to go that will support it. Among the first boards based on the Intel's new LGA1156 socket is the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe. This is a feature rich design based on the Intel P55 Express chipset, supporting Intel's new LGA 1156 Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
Excerpt: The introduction of a new platform is always a rather secretive affair but as the i5 launch date nears, P55 chipset motherboard previews are coming through thick and fast. Although whispers of high overclocks and unrivalled performance are usually rumoured with a new socket, the i5 series seems to appeal more to the average user as a mid range CPU rather than full out performance for hardcore enthusiasts that the i7 can provide.