ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard E-mail
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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard
Intel Lynnfield LGA1156 CPU
Intel P55 Express Chipset
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Features
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Detailed Features
ASUS BIOS and Overclocking
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST Benchmark Results
PCMark Vantage Test Results
CINEBENCH 11.5 Benchmark
Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
Crysis Test Results
Aliens vs. Predator Test Results
Final Thoughts
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Conclusion

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Features

There are a ton of features included with any motherboard that are not directly associated with the CPU Socket and Chipset. It's those features that help differentiate between product offerings, so let's look at the list of specific features that come with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro motherboard.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics

LGA1156 Intel Lynnfield Processor Ready - This motherboard supports the latest Intel Lynnfield processors in LGA1156 package, which has memory and PCI Express controller integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, providing great graphics performance. Intel Lynnfield processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.

Quad-GPU SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support! - P7P55D-E PRO brings you the multi-GPU choice of either SLITM or CrossFireXTM. The motherboard features the most powerful Intel P55 platform to optimize PCIe allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand-new gaming style you've never experienced before!

Intel P55 - The Intel P55 Express Chipset is the latest one-chipset design to support latest 1156 socket Intel CoreTM i7/CoreTM i5/CoreTM i3 Processors. Intel P55 providing improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.

PCIe 2.0- This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

Dual-Channel DDR3 2200(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 support - The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2200(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The dual-channel DDR3 architecture enlarges the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

Unique PCIe X4 Chip for Ultra Performance

True USB 3.0 Support - Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8 Gb/s with USB 3.0-the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next-generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.

True Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s support - Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface with onboard Marvell controller, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0 Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

ASUS Xtreme Design

ASUS TurboV EVO - The ultimate O.C. processor satisfies every level of overclockers-from die-hard enthusiasts to beginners. Auto tuning intelligently pushes the system to the fastest clock speeds while maintaining stability. Turbo Key boosts performance with just one touch; while TurboV offers more options to advanced overclockers to achieve world O.C. Moreover, upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with CPU Level UP!

Auto Tuning - Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically with Auto Tuning! With built-in stability testing, Auto Tuning lets even beginners improve performance with no additional cost.

T.Probe - Leading Active Cooling Technology: The T.Probe microchip detects and balances power phase loads and temperatures real-time. With optimal power phase functions, components run cooler and extend system lifespan.

ASUS Hybrid 12+2 Phase Power Design - Unprecedented Innovation with the Best Quality Component for Best Performance: The groundbreaking 12+2 phase VRM design is brought to the ASUS motherboards. 12+2 phase power design, 12-phase for vCore and extra 2-phase for Memory controller inside CPU, can provide the highest power efficiency, and hence generates less heat to effectively enhance the overclocking capability. With the high quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss and 100% Japan-made high quality conductive polymer capacitors, ASUS 12+2 phase VRM design also ensure longer component life and minimum power loss. *16 Hybrid Phase = 12+2 Phase x T.Probe

ASUS Express Gate - 0 to Internet in Seconds: Express GateTM is an ASUS exclusive OS that provides you with quick access to the Internet and key applications before entering Windows.

ASUS Exclusive Features

MemOK! - Any Memory is A-OK: MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!

ASUS EPU - System Level Energy Saving: The new ASUS EPU - the world´s first power saving engine, has been upgraded to a new six engine version, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time. With auto phase switching for components (which includes the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, drives and system fan), the EPU automatically provides the most appropriate power usage via intelligent acceleration and overclocking - helping save power and money.

ASUS Crystal Sound

8-channel Audio - Enjoy High-End 8-channel sound system on your PC: The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. This motherboard now adopts the future standard to deliver the most vivid audio enjoyment!!

Noise Filtering - Eliminate background noise while recording: This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.

DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC - DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, "Bass enhancement" provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and "Voice clarification" provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With these technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.

ASUS EZ DIY

Q-Connector - Make connection quick and accurate: ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.

Q-Shield - Easy and Comfortable Installations: The specially designed ASUS Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" - making it convenient and easy to install. With better electric conductivity, it ideally protects your motherboard against static electricity and shields it against Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).

O.C. Profile - Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings: Freely share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.

EZ-Flash 2 - Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS: EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.

Industry Standard I/O

S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port - This motherboard provides convenient connectivity to external home theater audio systems via coaxial and optical S/PDIF-out (SONY-PHILIPS Digital Interface) jacks. It allows transfer of digital audio without converting to analog format and keeps the best signal quality.

IEEE 1394a interface - IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.



 

Comments 

 
# Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 06:40
Great review, thank you.

I'm a little confused by the choice of ASUS p7p55d-e motherboards: standard, lx, pro, evo, deluxe, premium.

Is there is real reason to choose the deluxe version over the pro version reviewed above (I'm not an overclocker, so not sure if all the power lanes will make a difference, and the only other differences I see are the variety of audio ports and an extra LAN port)?

Thanks for any advice.
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# RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?Olin Coles 2010-08-04 06:43
I agree... the product line seems to get spread a bit thin.

If you're not overclocking, then search for the best price to fit your needs. All P55 motherboards, regardless of manufacturer, will produce roughly identical performance results (minus OC). Just make sure that it has the extra features you might need down the road.
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# RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 07:16
Thanks for the advice, I'm conscious of the fact that perhaps a couple of years on I may need something that I didn't buy into initially, just to save some money at the time.

Putting it another way, is there a disadvantage of the Deluxe over, say, the Pro version (e.g. power consumption), apart from the price?
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# RE: RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?Olin Coles 2010-08-04 07:18
Power consumption is too close to declare any substantial difference. The biggest differences are in the features: heatpipe cooling, overclocking tools, additional NIC, ports, etc.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 07:35
Thank you for your quick respones - I didn't see the extra cooling features of the Deluxe version, so that is a nice bonus.
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# Minor differencesBruce Normann 2010-08-04 07:43
Audio CODEC (VIA VT2020) has more features.
Dual LAN Controllers with "Teaming" feature.
TurboV remote control included with Deluxe.
16+3 PWM phases v. 12+2.

If you're not overclocking, and you don't need the two extra audio channels and you don't need dual NICs, then don't spend the extra money. I don't see any of the included features helping to future-proof your system. The USB 3.0 and the SATA 6Gb/s are the keys for that, and both boards have that.
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# RE: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MotherboardMACK 2011-05-18 10:15
Amazing review. Good to see the AMD board in comparison.
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