ASUS P7P55 PRO Motherboard


Hey check it out,
we’re going to be looking at our first P55 board today
from ASUS, the P7P55D Pro. Good stuff, stay tuned.
Check it out in a second. Alright so here she is, the first
P55 board I get my hands on. We have an all new architecture,
we got some new chips, we’ve got the Core i5s and the new
Core i7s for the socket 1156 and this would be
the first Pro board from ASUS. Now ASUS when they do the D over here,
that’s the high end board, and the Pro means it’s professional
so it’s not going to have a lot of extras on it. It’s not going
to have overclocking stuff but it does overclock
and it has great hardware for overclocking as well. It just doesn’t
have like the little push start buttons and all this extra stuff
that you’re not really going to use if you’re going to use it
in a professional sense as in a workstation for editing,
or as in a professional computer that just needs to be fast.
Now let’s talk about this board. First of all you are going to notice
that it is a new socket again. We are now working with
the socket 1156. This is going to take all your
Lynnfield processors from Intel, so your Core i5s and your Core i7s
on that 1156 socket. We also have a new memory
configuration here. You’ll notice that there’s
not triple channel like there was in X58,
there’s only dual channel and that makes things a little bit
more affordable for people moving on from a let’s say X48
or X38-based DDR3 system. You don’t have to buy extra memory,
it’s going to pop in here, you just got to run
it at the lower voltage which the board will do automatically
so that’s really good. You’ll also note that
there is no more northbridge and that’s because it’s a whole new
architecture for P55. You pretty much have the P55 down here
and it’s the, it’s called the PCH, Platform Controller Hub. Basically
that takes care of all the USBs, all the SATA, all that good stuff.
PCI Express goes directly to the CPU, memory goes directly to the CPU.
There is no QPI, it’s a DMI, Direct Media Interface
and pretty much you bring it down to two chips on the board,
that makes things cheaper, more affordable and it makes sure
that everything else on the board is even that much better. Now let’s talk
a little bit about PCI Express. We have a lot of connectivity
on this board. As you can see there are three
PCI Express x16 2.0 slots over here, and the way these work, you actually
get 16 lanes coming from a P55 board or an i5 CPU. The way it works is x16s,
so when you split these down to two and you run either Crossfire or SLI,
which the board is certified for both, you’re going to get x8 and x8. If you were
to further bifurcate that down you would get x8, x4, x4, which wouldn’t be
your greatest idea for triple SLI, but it will work, it will also work
for triple crossfire x or what not. You also have a two
standard PCI slots, and you have two PCI
Express x1 2.0 slots as well. So that’s a lot of
connectivity you have there. You also have a lot of
SATA ports on here. Looking over here on this side you
actually have four SATA ports right here, and we have an additional two
right there on that part of the board, so that’s
six in total, and these are all connected to
the internal matrix manager technology. So basically, these are going to
give you rate zero, rate one, zero plus one, one plus zero,
and rate five through here. You also have an additional
SATA port right there, that one’s going to
a separate controller, I believe it’s either
a Marvell or a JMicron, those are the ones that
control this extra SATA port and the E SATA that’s also on the
back panel, so that’s important to have. Now, speaking of
the back panel, let’s go on a brief tour,
show you what you got over here. Couple PS2’s,
for your keyboard and mouse, those are on professional boards just in
case your using all your keyboard and mouse, they are going to be there. You have a bunch of USB 2.0’s, you got two, four, six, and then
eight, on the back panel alone. You have another six on the inside,
via header. You have S/PDIF in
both coaxial and optical, you have FireWire,
you have E SATA, you have ten, one hundred,
one thousand Gigabit Ethernet right there, and you have 7.1 channel
HD audio with a really nice controller, really nice signal to noise ratio, so
it actually works very well, you may not even ever really
want to get an external sound card, because it sounds so good
with the built-in controller. Now, there’s a [inaudible] on
these ASUS boards as always, not as much as say
a deluxe or premium model, but the Pros are definitely a
step up from the bottom. And you do see it in this board
first of all the layout is great, it looks really nice,
great choice of colors. You also get a lot of great
overclocking tools, you get Japanse
made solid caps, so those are not
going to pop on you. You have great hardware, this board actually
has 12 plus two phases of power, so you have 12 phases for the CPU, as you can see over here, and you have an additional two
just for the memory alone, so that’s going to be
great for overclocking. You also have a lot of FireWire
connectivity on the board. You actually have headers,
you have two headers down here, so that’s an additional
two FireWires you can add on. You have a bunch of extra
USB 2.0’s for extra connectivity there. You also have the
IDE interface, if for any reason you’re
still using an old IDE drive, and you just want to plug in an
old drive to get something off of it. That connectivity is still
there as well which is really good. Now the board doesn’t come with
power, reset, and clear steam off buttons, again because it’s just a Pro, it’s not
the premier or the deluxe, but a lot of people don’t need that, and also don’t want it,
you don’t want to pay extra for it, you want to get extra money
in your GPU and your graphics or in your case in your power supply. Or get the fastest
chip available at the time, you want to go
i7 over i5. Whatever the case may be, the board brings a lot to
the table for the money. It also has its very niche market of
people that want to have the high-end performance on the CPU, the memory and the
GPU but they don’t want to spend extra money for features they’re
not going to use. Now another interesting
feature on here, let’s take a look right over here. This is the MemOK button,
that’s interesting because ASUS has always been known
for their certified vendors, for memory and a lot
of chips don’t work, a lot of DIMMs don’t work. This chip is pretty much going
to reboot your computer and it’s going to run
a little program, it’s going to try to figure out
what’s going on with the memory, and in turn
may be compatible. So you can now use any memory
that you want on these boards. Speaking of memory,
another cool little item, if you see right here these DIMMs, they only have clips on one side, so you don’t have to
take out your video card or take out the memory
chips anymore. It’s genius. You pretty much
slide it into one side, and it’s a one touch push to
get a DIMM in there, that’s really nice. On top of that, you also
have the TurboV chip. So that’s a high end
feature on this board. TurboV is the hardware chip on
these motherboards from ASUS now, that lets you do hardware overclocking
inside the operating system. And it’s not limited to
just your base clock, and a few other things, it actually
gives you a whole host of voltages, frequencies and settings
that you can adjust, as well as adjusting your memory,
so that’s very powerful as well. Also, of course it
is a ASUS board, so you have Express Gate,
which is an instant on, or nearly instant on OS,
it takes about five seconds to boot into, it’s a little mini Linux Distro. You can get your email, Skype, you can do voice calls,
you can chat on the web, you can look at a picture,
and it does all of that without turning on the rest of the computer to waste power. It’s basically just running
off an embedded chip. The other thing that you
have to save power, is the EPU system, automatically throttles
your CPU and your memory down, when you’re not using the computer
to save as much power as possible. And that’s pretty,
that’s pretty good stuff for a board that’s not really
meant for an enthusiast, it’s meant for a high
end regular consumer. Those are a lot of
really good features, even features
such as T-Probe, which is something that you’ve
only seen on the high end boards, the newest high end boards. T-Probe is actually a hardware
that monitors how much, it monitors the thermal
loads and balances them between all the VRM circuitry. So sometimes even though
you have 12 phases of power, only like two will get really hot
because they’re doing all the work. T-Probe is actually going
to check those thermals, it’s going to measure the temperatures and
it’s going to spread it out more naturally, that in turn is going to
give you cleaner power, give you better overclock, to just a generally
more stable system. So really, really nice stuff, from this first
P55 board that I got to get my hands on. It’s the P7P55D from ASUS, and it you have any questions as always,
feel free to email me, right here, and I’ll see you
guys next time. For more information on the
ASUS P7P55D Pro Intel Socket 1156 Motherboard type in A455-2913 into the search
engine of any of these major retailers. For ComputerTV, this is Albert.

13 thoughts on “ASUS P7P55 PRO Motherboard

  1. The don't they only change the socket when the architecture changes. Considering socket 775 has been used since P4, celeron, core 2… core i5 and i7 are radically different architectures, hence why they need a different socket.

  2. Capitalism aside, the keyword is already given.. SOCKET.

    The number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. – Moore's law

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