With Intel's P55
Express chipset still in its infancy, it's not surprising that a lot of
manufacturers are rushing to fill up holes in the market. The problem is
that the motherboard's feature sets are ballooning, so there is a lot more to
consider before building your next PC.
Since the memory and PCI Express graphics controllers are
now handled by the processor, the Intel P55 Express Platform Controller Hub is
essentially just a southbridge. Motherboard manufacturers have to go to greater
extremes to differentiate their boards; which brings us to the ASUS P7P55D
The ASUS P7P55D Deluxe is a very solid
Intel Core i5/P55 Express motherboard, and comes with just about everything
you'd expect nowadays.
includes a pair of PCI Express 2.0 slots that can be run in (x16/x0) or
(x8/x8) with NVIDIA SLI or ATI Crossfire, dual channels of DDR3
memory that support speeds up to DDR3-2133 and some extra frills like Firewire
support. For all this, and the special ASUS overclocking list of tools and
tweaks you can expect to fork over around $200 CDN ($215 USD, £135 GBP) for the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe motherboard.
Benchmarks showed pretty flat results, which is what
you'd naturally expect from identical chipsets. A P55 Express board is going to
perform at stock like the next - we all know this. Where the ASUS P7P55D
Deluxe motherboard shines is in its overclocking and endless list of
features. PCSTATS was able to overclock the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe's BCLK
to a modest 215MHz, but as overclocking is luck of the draw it may just be our
Core i5 750 is a poor overclocker.
Ultimately the tools are there if overclocking is
something you'd like to try, and with the right memory and processor
the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe will give you all the tools you need to go far.
Bottom line, the P7P55D Deluxe is a very solid motherboard, with a lot
of functionality and a few neat extras.
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