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Asus P7P55D Deluxe review

Seth Barton
18 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
159
inc VAT

It's packed full of features, but at this price it's probably suitable only for serious enthusiasts who'll match it with a fast Core i7 chip.

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Specifications

LGA1156, ATX, Intel P55 Express chipset, supports: Core i5, Core i7

Anyone who wants to build a Core i7 PC can buy a compatible motherboard for around £80. If you're looking for the best possible motherboard, though, this Asus P7P55D Deluxe is a contender.

Like all motherboards for Intel's latest chips, the P7P55D Deluxe uses Intel's P55 Express chipset. As the Northbridge's functions are built into the new processors, this leaves just a single Southbridge controller chip for dealing with slower peripheral devices.

The new processors' memory controllers support only DDR3. This motherboard has four slots for dual-channel memory. Intel lists the maximum memory speed as 1,333MHz, but Asus has rated this motherboard at up to 1,600MHz, so you can confidently overclock your processor's core clock speed without having to reduce the memory multiplier to compensate.

There are two PCI Express slots for graphics cards. You can either use one graphics card at x16 speed, or two at x8 each. Even at x8, no current card will max out the available bandwidth. It supports both Nvidia's SLI and ATI's CrossFire standards, so serious gamers are free to choose between them.

The P55's Southbridge controls the other expansion slots - a single PCI-Express x4, two PCI-Express x1 slots and two PCI slots. It's a good selection and provides plenty of upgrade potential.

P55 supports up to six SATA II devices and has a built-in RAID 0/1/5/10 controller. Asus has added a pair of additional controllers that add an IDE port for older drives and three more non-RAID SATA ports - one of which you can connect to the supplied eSATA backplate. The rear of the board has every port you could reasonably expect: eight USB ports, FireWire, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and two PS/2 ports. For audio it has coaxial and optical S/PDIFs and the usual set of six analogue mini-jacks.

Asus has included a number of extra features, such as its latest power management tool, which saved around 10W when the PC was idling. Its TurboV EVO tool provides plenty of overclocking options from within Windows, and there's even a wired remote that lets you switch between preset clock speeds as required. It's a comprehensive set of overclocking tools, and ideal for those who find Intel's own Turbo Boost technology lacking in ambition.

We should also mention the P7P55D's fantastic blue colour scheme, as this is one of the best looking motherboards we've seen in years. It's very expensive, admittedly, but for those who are planning on overclocking their PC, this motherboard provides every possible option.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA1156
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportCore i5, Core i7
Processor external bus133MHz (2,400MHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Chipset north bridgeIntel P55 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel P55 Express
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600
Maximum memory speedPC3-12800
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£159
Supplierhttp://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Detailswww.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureSLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots1
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports9
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel Express P55 (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports2x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)VIA VT2020 (6x analogue out, optical and coaxial S/PDIF out)
USB2 ports / headers8/3
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports2x PS/2
Other portscoaxial and optical S/PDIF output
Cables included6x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets included2x USB2, 1x eSATA

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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