A quick preview of this fall

We got the new ASUS P7P55D EVO motherboard in over the weekend and spent some time putting together a video preview of the platform for you today! Based on the P55 chipset, this is the first motherboard we have had in-house supporting the upcoming Intel Core i7/Core i5 Lynnfield processors due out in very early fall.
Over the weekend I received our first P55-based motherboard for the upcoming Intel Lynnfield processors, the ASUS P7P55D EVO.  A mid-range enthusiast motherboard, the EVO model probably won’t be the most feature-laden motherboard that comes out with the P55 launch in late summer/early fall, but it also won’t be the most expensive.  And for a lot of PC builders, I think this type of motherboard will be where the sweet spot falls for price, performance and features. 

Rather than going out and enjoy the nice weather on Saturday and Sunday, I decided to put together a short preview video of the motherboard, how CPU installation works and just in general give you an overall view of the platform as whole.  I did take some time to point out some of ASUS’ unique features on the board including things like “Q-DIMM”, “MemOK!” and “Q-LED”.  It is available in a very large HD version below or if you have a slower internet connection you can disable HD with the appropriate button on the YouTube window:



For those of you without video access, or for anyone that doesn’t want to have to see my face to get some motherboard pron, I have included some photos below with some brief captions.  

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The ASUS P7P55D EVO with a Thermaltake SpinQ installed

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The ASUS P7P55D EVO with a Lynnfield CPU installed

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There are three “physical” x16 PCIe 2.0 slots though the black one is x4 speed from the chipset

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On this engineering sample, there are eight total SATA ports, two of which are powered by a Marvell SATA 6.0 Gb/s chip

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A return to the world of dual channel memory and pairs of memory!

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Our Lynnfield CPU is covered in thermalpaste and surrounded by power caps, etc

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The VIA chips powers Firewire and the Realtek 8110 chip powers Gigabit Ethernet

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Between the two PCIe x16 slots is logic for auto switching between a single x16 link and dual x8 links

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Here is the Marvell 88SE9123 chip for SATA 6.0 Gb/s support

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Part of the “Q-LED” feature, this red LED lights when there is a problem with the graphics card

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And here is the CPU LED – there are two others for memory and boot devices as well

I am looking for to finally laying silicon to the road (so to speak) and putting the Lynnfield CPUs and P55 motherboards to test in the coming weeks.  I imagine we’ll see quite a few new motherboards from ASUS and other vendors hitting our bench very soon!

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