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Asus Previews Latest P7P55D Evo Design

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Asus' P7P55D Evo is shaping up to be quite an attractive P55-based motherboard (with support for Intel's Core i5 processors). Two new photos from Asus update the platform's looks from last week's early preview.

If you haven't yet seen our first-look preview at Asus' upcoming P55-based P7P55D Evo motherboard for Intel's Core i5, you can check it out right here.

In that preview, we mentioned that the board's design wasn't yet final, and that Asus would update us when the color/cooling was sorted out. That has happened, it seems, and we received a couple of shots of the new P55 heatsink and color scheme.

Of note is that these shots still show eight SATA ports, while we've heard from Asus that the Marvell controller's drivers are not ready and that Gigabyte is pulling the 6 Gb/s chips from its P55-based designs altogether.

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    amnotanoobie , July 15, 2009 11:30 AM
    O.o What a southbridge heatsink.

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    JeanLuc , July 15, 2009 12:33 PM
    My only concern is that those VRAM sinks will get in the way of 3rd party HSF's but other then that it's shapeing up to be a nice board.
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    scook9 , July 15, 2009 12:41 PM
    looks nice. any word on SLI/CF support? The board layout suits it nicely. And not having a northbridge anymore gives so much more room around the board
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 15, 2009 12:48 PM
    What I want to know is why they are going with no QPI bus and, therefore, no northbridge.
    But I do like the idea of going back to dual channel memory. Triple channel seemed excessive to me.
    Still I am skeptic, I don't see how this is going to be much different from the C2 series aside from DDR3. Guess we will find out soon enough.
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 15, 2009 12:58 PM
    scook9looks nice. any word on SLI/CF support? The board layout suits it nicely. And not having a northbridge anymore gives so much more room around the board

    Crossfire will be supported no word on SLI.
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    cangelini , July 15, 2009 1:03 PM
    SLI is supported.
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 15, 2009 1:08 PM
    cangeliniSLI is supported.

    Source?
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    cangelini , July 15, 2009 1:13 PM
    Me. I tested it with two GTX 280s and it works ;-)
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    ckthecerealkiller , July 15, 2009 1:27 PM
    cangeliniMe. I tested it with two GTX 280s and it works ;-)

    Ummm OK. I hope your joking cause if you aren't that means you work for ASUS and you just let the cat out of the bag and will likely be fired when you show up to work today. Not flaming I just don't want anyone getting all excited over nothing.
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    hellraiser06 , July 15, 2009 1:45 PM
    Cangelini is actually the author that wrote this particular article. He works for Tom's and not for ASUS...lol...

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    ckthecerealkiller , July 15, 2009 1:50 PM
    hellraiser06Cangelini is actually the author that wrote this particular article. He works for Tom's and not for ASUS...lol...

    Oh ok LOL, I didn't know that. If I had I probably wouldn't have sounded so serious. I just left work after being there since monday morning. So I'm a little cookoo.
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    scook9 , July 15, 2009 2:17 PM
    FINALLY a mainstream INTEL chipset that can run SLI. I think the planets must be aligning or something....now people will be able to OC AND have SLI (without the considerable price of adaption for Core i7 - not that I'm complaining, I already got it haha).
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    mlcloud , July 15, 2009 2:48 PM
    After days of looking DFI and Gigabyte motherboards, GOD that motherboard is a sight for sore eyes. Nice, cool looking color scheme that'll impress even the people that don't understand why the motherboard exists.
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    truerock , July 15, 2009 5:23 PM
    OK - finally the retards who kept putting parallel and serial ports and all the other legacy crap on motherboards have died. What is the fking deal about PS2 mouse and keyboard ports? Why can't they stop putting them on MBs?
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    truerock , July 15, 2009 5:24 PM
    OK - finally the retards who kept putting parallel and serial ports and all the other legacy crap on motherboards have died. What is the fking deal about PS2 mouse and keyboard ports? Why can't they stop putting them on MBs?
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    doomtomb , July 15, 2009 5:47 PM
    This thing looks like it will be a killer
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    jacobdrj , July 15, 2009 8:44 PM
    I love how the mobo looks, but as a previous poster said, those heatsinks might get in the way of 3rd party cooling. It looks like they are using the new super high quality capacitors.

    Funny story: My client has a virtualy unlimited budget. He has processor intensive mission critical software that he runs, and is coming from an old P4.

    Funny thing is, he couldn't get one. No built in parallel port. He needed an on-logic parallel interface for the software key to run that mission critical software. Had to 'settle' for a C2Q (I know, so sad).

    So the loss of one of the bridge chips is great, except it has some drawbacks.
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    marraco , July 15, 2009 11:53 PM
    I wish to have a mother capable of taking energy from 2 cheap power sources, to save on the expensive one.

    Such mobo would value at least 50$ more.
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    jacobdrj , July 16, 2009 12:46 AM
    marracoI wish to have a mother capable of taking energy from 2 cheap power sources, to save on the expensive one.Such mobo would value at least 50$ more.


    That is an innovative and interesting idea. Kudos.
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    P_haze420 , July 16, 2009 1:03 AM
    BLACK AND BLUE!!! I love the colors, I wanna rape that board.
    Robot sex anyone? :p 

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