Conclusion: I can't actually think of the last occasion where Intel launched a new motherboard chipset to anything other than praise, so impeccable has their delivery of such products become. Today's P55 launch is really no different in that respect, doing everything required of it whilst boasting rock-solid stability into the bargain.
Summary: Summing it all up is pretty easy. The P7P55D-E PRO is a definite winner in our books, with only a few points that hold it back. The power savings is something that impressed hugely, as this was not expected at all, and the P7P55D-E PRO's ability to hang with the Gene in clocks, albeit with slightly less performance, makes this board an option that everyone should seriously consider, whether as a daily driver, or as the foundation for a hardcore overclocking machine.
Pros: Fully featured with SATA 6 Gbps and USB 3.0, Properly built to maintain high overclocks through long-term daily usage, Modest pricing, Lowered CPU power draw via T.Probe, reducing load power consumption by almost a third, Excellent XMP support, even with fully populated memory slots, Easy to use socketed BIOS with loads of options
Cons: High "Auto" voltage settings, Lack of software memory timing control, Modest overclocking results, affected by power-saving PWM, "Hybrid" nature of the board leads to many clocking features, most of which aren't highlighted on packaging
Conclusion: If you are looking for a LGA1156 motherboard to couple with a Core i5 or Core i7 processor, you only get the option to pick among P55-based motherboards, which reduces the gap between each manufacturer's offerings. Furthermore, this platform exclusively supports dual-channel DDR3 memory, so there will be no deviations as far as memory support is concerned.
Summary: Someone once told me that the P7P55D Premium was a board geared towards consumers, at the time I didn’t give this much thought but after reviewing this board I can certainly say that with the feature set available this board is most certainly a power user or enthusiast level board on par with a Republic of Gamers board.
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe P55 Lynnfield Motherboard Review
8 November 2009
Excerpt: Motherboards sporting Intel's new P55 chipset have been springing up all over the web as vendors start their holiday push for more market share in the mainstream motherboard arena. While some board manufacturers released only a few on launch day, ASUS developed an entire arsenal of P55 boards to accommodate basic end users, gamers, enthusiasts, and even hardcore overclockers.
A look at Asus' P7P55D and Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD4P motherboards
17 September 2009
Summary: We now have a much better picture of the Lynnfield motherboard market, and if one thing is abundantly clear, it's that you certainly don't need to spend more than $200 to jump onto LGA1156. Unless you actually need a internal Serial ATA port, a PCI Express x16 slot, or loads of layers and power phases that may ultimately help only with extreme overclocking, there's little reason to spring for a high-end P55 board.
So a mid-range motherboard it is, then. But which one?
Summary: Asus P7P55D Deluxe fremstår som et meget godt hovedkort. Kortet har en svært god layout, og har den funksjonaliteten en kan forvente å finne på et kort i denne prisklassen.
Kortet har god ytelse, spesielt når det kom til spilltestene og testene fra Futuremark. Det er imidlertid ikke snakk om så store forkjeller mellom de ulike kortene at dette bør være avgjørende når en skal velge hovedkort.