I read some f the p55 board revciews on Tom's but couldn't get a feel of any advantages over the p58, went to Gigbytes site and saw they had nothing to say as you wrote. used thier search filter for on board raid and those new p55 boards were the only ones to show up. no details though when you clicked on the link. So maybe this is hardware level raid on the mobo, that would be cool.
is the i5 and the i7 the same socket type?? I'm thinking they are not?
I think I meant older p55 vs p58 chipset boards??? would that be more correct?
i7 using the newer LGA 1156 socket vs what they have been using? LGA 1366?
that is interesting. I made the mistake of bying a board that supported the AMD x2 64 4800, non am2, so I have no upgrade path for my cpu since tehn, 3+ years ago, I want to make sure I have an upgrade path so LGA 1366 makes me a little nervous.
but poking around the net some more makes me want to stay with i7. do you think this makes sense?
Yes, the new i5 and i7 chips that use the LGA 1156 socket have a dual channel memory controller.
It would have been correct to say "X58 vs p55" since there's no such thing as a p58 chipset. The chipsets that start with an "X" are the enthusiast chipsets, while the ones that start with a "p" are the mainstream boards. It's been like that for the last few generations of boards (X38, X48, etc...).
even though the p55 lga1156 would use processors with lower latency since their on die PCI controller, the x58 lga 1366 have more bandwidth for sli or crossfire, anything that is muti card and would cut the bandwith of a p55 to x8 x8 where x58 is still x16 x 16.