ASUS P7P55D Premium Motherboard Review

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ASUS P7P55D Premium

Last week we had a look at the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe motherboard. Today we put its big brother, the P7P55D Premium on the hot seat.

One of the biggest differences between the Deluxe and Premium are the number of Phases in the VRM design. While the Deluxe had a 16+3, the Premium is 32+3. Add in the T.Probe, which monitors the load and temperatures of the VRM, and you have a monster that will be sure to handle just about any overclocking you could dream of throwing at it! With the T.Probe, ASUS considers this design as a 48 Hybrid Phase.

Other changes include a pair of SATA 6Gb/s ports. Have a look below at the key features of this motherboard

ASUS P7P55 Deluxe motherboard specifications:

CPU

  • Intel Socket 1156 Core i5 Processor/Core i7 Processor
  • Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology

Chipset

  • Intel Chipset:
    - Northbridge: Intel P55 Express chipset

System 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 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot  (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
  • 2 PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot (2.5GT/s)
  • 2 PCI slots

Multi-GPU Support

  • Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
  • Supports ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology

Storage

  • Intel P55 Express Chipset built-in
    - 6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
  • JMicron JMB363 PATA controller 
    - 1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
  • MarvellĀ® 88SE9123 SATA controller:
    - 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)

Audio

  • VIA VT2020 10-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Absolute Pitch BD192/24 featuring ENVY HD
    - DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
    - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
    - Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O 

LAN

  • Dual Gigabit LAN controllers Realtek 8112L / 8110SC Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2 and Teaming

IEEE 1394

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

USB

  • 2 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)

Rear Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x IEEE 1394a
  • 2 x LAN(RJ45) port
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 10 -Channel Audio I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (Purple)
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
  • 1 x Clear CMOS switch

Internal I/O

  • 2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 1 x TPM connector
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a connector
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector
  • 1 x Power Fan connector
  • 1 x COM connector
  • 6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)
  • 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (gray)
  • 2 x Chassis Fan connector (1×4-pin, 1×3-pin) 
  • Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out Header
  • 1 x CD audio in
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • System Panel(Q-Connector)
  • 1 x TURBO_CON header (for TurboV Remote)
  • 1 x MemOK! button
  • 1 x Power on switch 
  • 1 x Reset switch

Power Management

  • Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
  • Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
  • Wake-On-Events include:
    - Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    - Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
    - Wake-On-LAN
    - Wake-On-Ring
    - RTC timer to power-on the system
  • System power management supported
  • Microsoft/Intel APM 1.2 compliant
  • Soft Power supported – ACPI v3.0b specification
  • AC power failure recovery

PCB

  • ATX form factor
  • 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
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