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: Continuing in the line of fine ASUS motherboards is their P7P55 Deluxe motherboard. As the name implies, it is designed around the P55 chipset that supports Core i7 and Core i5 CPU’s(LGA 1156), as well as the upcoming Core i3 line. ASUS has long been known for high quality and high value hardware, a tradition that extends to their P7P55 line of mainboards. Featuring 12 different iterations, picking out one of these boards for your system can be a little daunting.
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?
Excerpt: ASUS has always been at the forefront when it comes to new technologies. Lynnfield is no exception. At Computex we were lucky enough to see just how well this new technology would work and from there the birth of the new Lynnfield processor and P55 chipset has already caused a stir in the hardware community. Not only is it looking like Core 2 will finally be leaving the stage after its long service, but a newer and better product will be taking its place.
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: 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.
Conclusion: After having preview the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe back in mid-August, and having it sit on our workbench for a few weeks while we reviewed the Intel Lynnfield processors, it was nice to finally be able to boot-up and spend some quality time with this motherboard. Now that we are done with this review, we can state that it has been worth the wait. For starters, from a specifications standpoint, this motherboard certainly does not leave us wanting.
Pros: - Solid performance., - Eye-pleasing theme & heatsink designs., - Well thought out layout., - Nice spacing between the PCI-E slots., - 2-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI capability., - Excellent manual overclocking capabilities., - Impressive (& constantly improving) automatic overclocking features., - Effectively flawless voltage regulation & output., - Good SATA II & USB 2.0 connectivity., - 10-channel HD audio CODEC, - Comprehensive, user-friendly BIOS., - Rich software ...
Cons: - Only one BIOS chip, no backup or fail-safe., - Large CPU coolers + tall memory heatspreaders can cause installation annoyances., - No eSATA port(s) on the rear I/O panel (have to install an expansion bracket)., - TurboV Remote header & connector are a little fragile (+ the header should also be on the I/O panel)., - BIOS needs more voltage readouts.