Introduction The No1 Motherboard Manufacturer in the World ASUS is the number one manufacturer of motherboards in the world, commanding almost a 40% market share of the motherboard business, one in every three computers houses an ASUS motherboard, Over 24 million motherboards were sold in 2008—the combined length of which equals 10,000 Taipei 101 skyscrapers and 600 Himalaya Ranges. As the leader in motherboard innovation, ASUS is constantly at the forefront of advances in technology. Over the years, it has laid claim to countless world’s firsts. It was the first manufacturer to introduce motherboards supporting Serial ATA and AGP8X, P4 CPUs of up to 3GHz and beyond, With its finger on the pulse of the industry and close collaboration with the world’s leading IT enterprises, ASUS will continue to be first to the market with cutting-edge product Now let's meet The Asus P7P55D Deluxe Front, inside and rear cover of the packaging that houses the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe, Accessories and Extras What's in the Box: Manual and Support DVD Rear Panel I/O Plate TurboV Remote Asus Quick Connector Set PCI Bracket (USB 2.0 x 2, 1 E-SATA) SLI Bridge IDE Cable 6x- SATA Cables The ASUS P7P55D-Deluxe Motherboard is stunning work of art with a blue, white and black colour scheme, It uses an all solid-state polymer aluminium capacitors that incorporates various power saving features to increase its efficiency and improve electrical stability when overclocked. The heatsinks are nicely placed on the 16+3 phase motherboard power supply with a thicker copper trace is used in the motherboard's PCB to help spread the heat more evenly this helps to decreases the overall temperature of the mosfet's and other ICs improving component life, there is a total of four fan headers on the PCB, one for the CPU plus one next to it to allow a dual fan configuration to benefit from automatic BIOS control if using a pwm connection. The four holes around the CPU socket area are spaced differently to the socket 775 and socket 1366 mounting brackets so your old heat sink wont fit There is easy access to the power and reset buttons. The ASUS' P7P55D-Deluxe motherboard is a socket 1156 platform that supports both Core i5 and i7 1156 CPU's It has three PCI Express 2.0 x16 video card slots for multi-graphic card's that supports both ATI Quad-GPU CrossfireX and nVidia Quad-GPU SLI, but if duel cards are used this will drop down to x8 Mode and the other PCI Express 2.0 will run at x4 mode, further expansion comes via two PCI Express x1 and PCI slots, the first two slots are controlled directly by the CPU, which will help to removing some system latency. There are four dual channel DDR3-1333/1066 memory slots which can accommodate up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM. Memory can be overclocked to run at DDR3-2133/1600 speeds with compatible module, The memory slots has retention clips on the DIMM slots at one end, Previously we have seen clip's at either end but now there is just one at the top of the motherboard with a small retention clip at the bottom. This makes things easy when removing memory modules when a large graphics card is installed. The P7P55D-Deluxe motherboard is well equipped - there are nine 3.0Gb/s SATA connectors that can be Paired up to make an Intel® Matrix Storage SATA RAID 0,1.5 and 10 on at least six of these SATA connectors. The SATA ports are set at 90 degrees so as not to interfere with larger PCI-e cards, there are 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports next to the IDE Socket. Plus 1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (black) and 2 x SATA 3Gb/s (dark blue and gray) Just below the PCH There is a total of 14xUSB 2.0 ports, 6 which are on the board next to the power and reset switch and 8 at the back panel. The 1394a Header can be connected to the PCI bracket or case There is three switches at the top of the board that can provide extra power to the memory, integrated memory controller and the CPU that allow for over voltages to become available in the BIOS. The default values are CPU 0.85 - 1.75v, IMC max 1.7v, Dram max 2.0v switched OV Values are CPU 1.25 - 2.1v, IMC max 1.9v, Dram max 2.5v MemOK is a feature that is pretty neat it is a little red button with the purpose to allow the system to boot through running a number of algorithms in order to ensure the memory is stable enough to boot the system at the set values TurboV socket for remote connection Realtek RTl8110SC - Gigabit Ethernet controller, and Via VT6308P - 1394 On the rear of the motherboard we have the I/O section which has the Audio Ports, 6xUSB 2.0, 2xLAN (RJ-45), 1xIEEE 1394a, Optical S/PD, Coaxial S/PD, Cmos Clear button, PS/2 mouse port and PS/2 keyboard port Specifications - CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i5 Processors (Socket LGA1156) - Chipset: Intel P55 Express - Memory: 4x DDR3 DIMM 2133(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz (Max. 16GB) / Dual Channel / Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) - Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots, 2x PCIe x1 Slots & 2x PCI Slots (Supports ATI CrossFireX & NVIDIA SLI Technology) - Storage: 1x Ultra DMA 133/100/66, 8x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10) & 1x eSATA 3Gb/s - LAN: Dual Gigabit LAN (RTL8112L & RTL8110SC) - Audio: VT2020 10-channel High Definition Audio CODEC - 2x IEEE 1394a - 14x USB 2.0 - 1x PS/2 Keyboard - 1x PS/2 Mouse - 1x S/PDIF Out (Optical) - 1x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial) - 16+3 Phase Power Design - TurboV Processor - Auto Tuning - TurboV - TurboV Remote - Turbo Key - Xtreme Phase - T.Probe Microchip - MemOK! - Drive Xpert - EPU - Stack Cool3+ (2+2oz) - Q-LED - Q-Slot (VGA) The bios is very nicely laid out with plenty of features' but is not to complicated like some I have used in the past, it offers full functionality. I will not boar you too much but here are a few pictures of the Bios. let's take a look at what Asus P7P55D Deluxe offers. One of my favourite features on this motherboard has to be Express gate, this Technology developed by ASUS utilizes Splash top, it is a Linux environment that is integrated onto the motherboard. With this technology users can turn on their computer and in five seconds be able to access the Web, online games, photo's, chat, Skype all without having to wait for the operating system to load.