Released November, 2009
The Pros:Lots of USB ports - 8 on the back panel. Well designed onboard heatsinks. Includes Asus' proprietary 'Express Gate' instant-boot environment.
The Cons:Doesn't support the latest connectivity options - no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps. Lacks eSATA connectivity - no way of doing external high-speed transfers. No digital audio output - must rely on analog output for surround sound.
The P7P55-M is a mid-range Micro ATX motherboard from Asus, released in late 2009. This board is compatible with the Intel Core i5/i7 processor family, and prominently features a variety of overclocking capabilities.
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Built around the LGA1156 architecture, this product accepts multi-core processors such as the Intel Core i5 and Core i7. Four DIMM slots are available for DDR3 memory, with a maximum capacity of 16 GB. A single PCI-E 2.0 lane is built-in for graphics cards. Asus has included a handful of features allowing novice users to overclock their system. The bundled TurboV software allows OC tweaks right from the desktop, while the Asus Turbo Key turns the PC power button into an overclocking button. Users can boost their machines on the fly when needed for gaming or other CPU-intensive tasks. For the energy conscious, an EPU (Energy Processing Unit) has been integrated to regulate power in real time.
- Intel Core i5/i7 support
- 16 GB of DDR3 memory (max.)
- 6x SATA 3GB/s connectors
- 8x USB 2.0
- 1x IEEE 1394a (FireWire) port
- 8 channel HD audio
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 100% Japanese capacitors
- Micro ATX
- TurboV, Turbo Key, Express Gate, Q-DIMM
User Reviews (3)
lots of USB ports - 8 on the back panel
well designed onboard heatsinks
includes Asus' proprietary 'Express Gate' instant-boot environment
doesn't support the latest connectivity options - no USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps
lacks eSATA connectivity - no way of doing external high-speed transfers
no digital audio output - must rely on analog output for surround sound
larger graphics cards will block the PCI-E 1x slot
lower than average benchmark performance according to expert reviews
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