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ASUS P7P55D EVO P55 Motherboard Video and Photo Preview

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A quick preview of this 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.  



The ASUS P7P55D EVO with a Thermaltake SpinQ installed



The ASUS P7P55D EVO with a Lynnfield CPU installed



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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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