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Asus P7P55D-E Premium Motherboard review

Ardjuna Seghers



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While evolution is generally a good thing, in the PC industry it means that no matter how expensive a machine you buy it’s likely to be out of date within a year. In most cases you can upgrade a component or two (a faster processor or better graphics card) and be at least back on the curve, if not ahead of it. However, in some cases there are changes so fundamental that it’s worth waiting to buy until they’ve become mainstream.

At the moment there are two such purportedly game-changing new technologies vying for our consideration: USB 3.0 (an upgrade from USB2) and SATA 6Gb/s (the sequel to SATA 3Gb/s, unofficially and more popularly known as SATA II). One of the first motherboards to offer both is the Asus P7P55D-E Premium, which is very similar to the Award-winning P7P55D Deluxe. Is it the motherboard to get if you want a future-proof start to your next PC? Read on to find out.

Just as with the Deluxe version, you get an impressive bundle, which in addition to an SLI video card bridge and cables includes a bracket offering twin USB 2 ports and an eSATA port. The highlight though is the same wired overclocking remote as found with the P7P55D Deluxe. We'll talk more about that later, though.

Onto the motherboard, visually it features the same attractive mixture of blues, white and black that made the P7P55D such a looker, though personally I find the MSI P55 GD65 is still the champion in this regard. The Asus also sports an identical cooling setup to its predecessor, which is no bad thing.

As the name suggests, this board is based on Intel’s P55 chipset, compatible with socket 1156 Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. Beside the socket reside four dual-channel memory slots, colour coded to show which channel's which. These can take up to 16GB of DDR3 memory running at up to an impressive overclocked 2,200MHz, with a hardware switch above the slots changing maximum memory voltage from two to 2.5 volts. Another feature unique to high-end Asus boards is the small MemOK! button, which supposedly solves memory issues by synchronising “any memory”.

For drive connectivity there’s a single, angled EIDE connector though thankfully no sign of one for a floppy drive. The SATA ports next to it display the first significant change from predecessors; where the P7P55D Deluxe offered eight SATA 3GB/s ports there are now six blue (four angled and two straight) standard SATA 3Gb/s from the motherboard’s Intel controller, joined by two angled grey SATA 6Gb/s ports from a Marvel controller.

Two SATA 6Gb/s cables are provided, but these are essentially identical to the older SATA 3Gb/s (revision 2.6) ones - except that because of the newer standard’s increased sensitivity to attenuation and jitter due to its higher data frequencies, cable length is limited to one metre.

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February 4, 2010, 2:11 pm

I switched from Asus to Gigabyte a long time ago because of their instance in fitting sub-standard audio chips.

Still no Dobly Home Theater or DTS Connect....no thanks Asus


February 4, 2010, 2:51 pm

It was probably mentioned, but if installing a graphics chip such as an ati 5770, one PCI slot would be blocked right?

Is it possible in the future, for a board like this to fit in a mini tower dell case? It's about 3/4 the height of a full tower case I believe.


February 4, 2010, 2:58 pm

@darkspark88: Yes it is, so please read the review.

It's very difficult to say without having a dell mini tower here to try. Not only could size in general be a problem but Dell often has proprietary case layouts. I'd hazard on the side of no.

Thomas C

February 4, 2010, 5:38 pm

You can ofcourse add USB 3 and 6gbps sata to all existing Asus P7P55D boards using the Asus U3S6 expansion card (around £35 I think) http://www.hexus.net/content/i...

If you used this in conjuction with a standard ASUS P7P55D iP55 board (£108) you would almost have have the same spec as this board for £140... The standard board also has an esata port directly on the back plate.


February 4, 2010, 5:53 pm

Hi all

Well there are a few things missing here as i have just bought the Asus P7P55D-E EVO for £160 which is £60 less than the above motherbaord reviewed but has USB3 and SATA 6GB.

The reason i am posting this is becasue the review above did not like the fact there was no external eSATA well there is on the Asus P7P55D-E EVO and PRO versions, also they failed to say that the ASUS has a PLX chip, what is that ?

The PLX chip. This chip essentially creates a secondary PCI-E Gen 2.0 16x lane in order to provide additional bandwidth to both S-ATA and USB 3.0. This is the reason that the native PCI-E 16x is left alone.

This board is special. That it supports both S-ATA 3.0 and USB 3.0, and with the PLX chip, it means that your primary graphics card will still run at PCI-E 16x this is one thing ASUS has over Gigabyte usb3 6gb sata motherboards. BUT REMEMBER THE Asus P7P55D-E does not have the PLX chip only the higher models

Also the new E versions now have onboard fan controlers so you can control the speed of your fans which i dont think the older models had.

Fan Xpert

Active Quiet & Cool

ASUS Fan Xpert intelligently allows users to adjust both the CPU and chassis fan speed according to different ambient temperature , which is caused by different climate conditions in different geographic regions and system loading.Built-in variety of useful profiles offer flexible controls of fan speed to achieve a quiet and cool environment.

and to the poster above about the DTS

DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC delivers exceptional 5.1 surround experience through the most common PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, “Bass enhancement” provides stronger low frequency bass sound, and “Voice clarification” provides clear human dialogue even with loud background sound. With these technologies, you may experience a better home-theater audio with ease.

the E pro and evo and deluxe seem to be a far better board than above reviewd as your paying for a remote control i think the E asus motherboards to be exellent price and have read great performance.

i hope people who read the review read this and i hope trusted reviews get these boards in as there seem to have all you want at a loer price



February 4, 2010, 6:01 pm

oh also they have moved the gfx slot down one on the new E EVO,PRO and deluxe so it will not block the pci slot. if you lok on asus website and see the pics they have moved it which is another plus point.

this Premium Motherboard is not worth it as its still the old design wheres they have changed all the design and improved the E Pro, EVO and Deluxe.

have a look trusted reviews i think you should review one alot lower price and and everything you want from a motherboard



February 7, 2010, 1:04 am


DTS Surround and DTS Connect sensation are different technologies.

The fact is Asus have not supported the latter or its Dolby counterpart properly since 2005/6.

Also - driver support has been weak post 2005

Asus' switch to cheap, low quality components have lost it many supporters over these years.

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