Seven Intel P55 Motherboards Tested From Asus, DFI, MSI, Gigabyte

Motherboards/Intel S1156 by massman @ 2010-01-17

With a Big Bang we Maximus test a few SuperComputer motherboards based around the P55 chipset for our next LanParty rig. Compared to the previous 3 models this roundup provides you with in-depth test results of 7 Intel P55 mainboards from MSI, Asus, Gigabyte and DFI.

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Asus Maximus III Formula

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ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. In 2006, the company shipped 55 million motherboards, which means one in three desktop PCs sold last year was powered by an ASUS motherboard. Our 2006 revenues reached US$16.5 billion, and is expected to garner US$23 billion in 2007. ASUS products' top quality stems from product development. It's like learning Chinese Kung-Fu; one must begin with cultivating the "Chi" and inner strength. Besides innovating cutting-edge features, ASUS engineers also pay special attention to EMI (electromagnetic interference), thermal, acoustics and details that usually go unnoticed to achieve complete customer satisfaction. ASUS notebooks are the first TCO'99-certified notebooks worldwide. The requirements for this honor include radiation emission control, energy (battery consumption), ecology (environment friendly) and ergonomics. To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. That's why all 100,000 over employees of ASUS strive for the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers through world-class services. With unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, ASUS won 2,168 awards in 2006, meaning on average, the company received over 5 awards everyday last year.

Previous reviews containing Asus motherboards:

  • Asus Rampage Gene II Review - An Extreme 2 On A Diet?
  • Asus M3A78-T Motherboard Review ~ HD 3300 IGP Overclock Fun
  • AM3 motherboard shootout: DFI DK 790FXB-M3H5 vs MSI 790FX-GD70
  • 7 Intel Core i7 X58 Motherboards Tested and Compared
  • Asus P6T-Deluxe X58 Nehalem Motherboard Presentation
  • P45 head-to-head: MSI P45 Platinum and Asus Maximus II Formula
  • 4-Way Intel P35 Motherboard Overclocking Roundup
  • Asus Blitz Formula S775 P35 Motherboard OC Review
  • Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe Intel nForce4 SLI Overclocking Review
  • Asus A8V revision 2.0: Exploring Max HTT Adventure


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    The Maximus III Formula doesn't come with as much accessories as came with the Rampage II Extreme, which is its bigger brother. It seems, though, that some of the features didn't make it in the package that was sent to us, so for the full set of added extras, please refer to the list underneath.

  • 3 x 2-in-1 SATA signal cables
  • 1 x Manual
  • 1 x I/O Shield
  • 1 x ROG Connect Cable
  • 1 x SLI Cable
  • 1 x SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card
  • 1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
  • 1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA module
  • 1 x Cable Ties
  • 1 x ROG theme label
  • 1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label


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    Underneath a list of all features:

  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 1 x External SATA
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a
  • 1 x RJ45 poort
  • 1 x Clr CMOS switch
  • 1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
  • 1 x ROG Connect port

  • 2 x PCI 2.2
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (red) support single at x16 or dual at x8 mode
  • 1 x PCIe x16 (white) supports at x4 mode
  • 2 x PCIe x1

  • 10 x SATA connectors:
    • 2 x Speeding HDD SATA connectors (Red)
    • 2 x SATA_ODD (White)
    • 6 x standard SATA connectors (Gray)
  • 8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
  • 5 x ProbeIt measurement points
  • 3 x USB-connectors support additional 5 USB 2.0 ports (1 port reserved for ROG Connect @ rear)
  • 3 x thermal sensor connectors
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a connector
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header
  • 1 x ROG light connector
  • 1 x Go Button
  • 1 x System panel connector
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