Bare Naked Motherboard
As you saw on the previous page, Asus ships the P7P55 WS Supercomputer with a passive heatpipe snaking its way from the voltage regulation circuitry down to the P55 PCH. Well, we've seen a number of boards already employing similar layout cues with ineffective cooling elements at different points in the chain. Not so here; each cooling component serves an actual purpose.
Naturally, because the P7P55 WS is a more involved product, we wanted to pop the board's cooling off to check underneath. The above shot shows Nvidia's NF200 PCI Express bridge, five PCI Express x16 slots, one PCI Express x1 slot, and one standard PCI slot. To the right you see the P55 PCH. That's a ton of PCI Express connectivity, right? Where the heck does it all come from?