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 P7P55 WS Supercomputer

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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:

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  • 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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    Although the P7P55 WS Supercomputer is basically a workstation motherboard, there are a nice amount of features added to the package. Underneath a list of everything you find inside the package.

  • 6 x SATA cable(s)
  • 1 x 2-port USB and 1-port 1394a module
  • 1 x ASUS Q-Shield
  • 1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector
  • 1 x ASUS 3 way SLI bridge board
  • 1 x User's manual
  • 1 x com port cable
  • 1 x 3 in 1 Q-connector
  • 1 x Diagnosis Card


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    Below a list of all the features:

  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1
  • 2 x RJ45 poort
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a
  • 8 Channel Audio I/O

  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x16 or x8)
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (@ x8)
  • 1 x PCIe x16 (@ x4 )
  • 1 x PCIe x1 (@ x1)
  • 1 x PCI

  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin EATX +12V Power connector
  • 1 x CPU fan with PWM control
  • 1 x Chassis fan1 with Q-fan control
  • 1 x Chassis fan2 with Q-fan control
  • 1 x Chassis fan3 with Q-fan control
  • 1 x PWR fan
  • 1 x CD audio in
  • 1 x COM port connector
  • 1 x USB connectors support additional 2 USB ports
  • 1 x 20-pin Panel connector
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  • 1 x TPM header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Front panel connector
  • 1 x MemOK! buttom
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