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 Motherboard Specifications

CPU

Intel Socket 1156 CoreTM i7 Processor/CoreTM i5 Processor/CoreTM i3 Processor
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology

Chipset

Intel P55 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8 / x8 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1(5GT/s, blue slots)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x 1(2.5GT/s,gray slot)
2 x PCI

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLITM Technology
Supports ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireXTM Technology

Storage

Intel P55 Express Chipset built-in
6 xSATA 3Gb/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port
1 xSATA 3Gb/s port (black)
Marvell PCIe SATA 6 Gb/s controller:
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (Gray)

LAN

Realtek 8112L Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Audio

VIA VT1828S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Absolute Pitch BD192/24
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

IEEE 1394

VIA 6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a port(s) (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

NEC USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (Blue, at back panel)
Intel P55 Express Chipset
- 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

Unique PCIe X4 Chip for Ultra Performance
- True USB 3.0 Support
- True SATA 6Gb/s Support
ASUS Xtreme Design:
ASUS Hybrid Processor - TurboV EVO
- Auto Tuning, TurboV , CPU Level UP and Turbo Key
ASUS 16 Hybrid Phase
- T.Probe Technology for Active Cooling
- 12+2 Phase Power Design
* 16 Hybrid Phase = 12+2 Phase x T.Probe
ASUS Hybrid OS - Express Gate
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- ASUS EPU
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatsink
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 3
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Crystal Sound
- ASUS Noise Filter
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM

Overclocking Features

Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vIMC: Adjustable IMC voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vDRAM Bus: 104-step DRAM voltage control
- vPCH: 36-step chipset voltage control
- vCPU_PLL: 56-step reference voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increment
- Internal Base Clock tuning from 80MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
1 x IEEE1394a
1 x eSATA port
1 x RJ45 port
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8-channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors

3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
7 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (blue/black)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (gray)
2 x Chassis Fan connector (1x4-pin, 1x3-pin)
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button

BIOS

16 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability

WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE

Accessories

User's manual
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
2 in 1 Q-connector
2 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables
1 x 2-port USB and eSATA module
1 x SLI Bridge
ASUS Q-Shield

Support Disc

Drivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )



 

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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