Asus P7P55D-E Premium Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E Premium

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

On the software side, we have a flash-memory embedded instant-boot OS in the form of Asus’ Express Gate. It boots in less time than it takes to say “uncle”, and gives you a visually pleasing interface for the most common basic tasks you might want to use your computer for, such as browsing the web, viewing pictures, and making Skype calls.

As far as the BIOS is concerned, it remains essentially unchanged from previous iterations, meaning it is fairly logical and offers a veritable mountain of options and tweaks. For enthusiasts, the A.i. Tweaker and Tools menus are the places to be, as the former offers a boatload of automatic and manual overclocking settings while the latter lets you save these to eight different profiles.

Using a Core i5 750, we were hoping for the kind of overclocking performance we got from Asus’ Sabertooth 55i TUF Motherboard (which allowed a BLCK of 200MHz giving us over 4GHz) but were unfortunately disappointed. The P7P55D-E Premium suffered from the same limitation as the P7P55D Deluxe, which meant that we couldn’t reach that magical 4GHz and have all cores remain stable without changing the voltage. In this case the highest bus speed the motherboard could cope with was 190, which gave us 3.8GHz.

When it comes to value, the choice of whether to get the P7P55D-E Premium (£218) or P7P55D Premium (around £190) is clear cut as the latter has SATA6Gb/s but lacks USB 3.0. For the £28 difference, having USB 3.0 is definitely worth it, though it's arguably a shame that there isn't a board with US B3.0 and without SATA 6GB/s as the latter seems of little benefit (it should come into its own in the near future though).

Overall then, our advice would simply be to wait, as plenty of other motherboards will be coming out with the P7P55D-E Premium’s USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s combo over the next few weeks, and VIA should soon be releasing a more advanced USB 3.0 controller than the NEC one currently employed, giving you four USB 3.0 ports rather than two. If you do want to buy now, another option is to get a P7P55D Deluxe for around £160 and simply add a PCI-Express USB 3.0 card at a later date, though this might affect performance.

Verdict

While we’re not too impressed with the performance of SATA 6Gb/s on available drives, USB 3.0 provides a huge performance leap compared to its predecessor. However, though Asus’ P7P55D-E Premium is a great all-rounder with some excellent features and obvious future-proofing, we can’t help but feel it’s not worth the £50 premium it currently demands over boards like the excellent P7P55D Deluxe. In fact we would advise holding off if you can; good things come to those who wait.

HSC

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

jingyeow

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.

Ed

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.

Meridius

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





thanks

Meridius

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





thanks

HSC

February 7, 2010, 1:04 am

@Meridius





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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