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Asus P7P55 WS Supercomputer P55 Motherboard Preview

Asus P7P55 WS Supercomputer P55 Motherboard Preview
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Just Another P55 Board...Or Not?

Meet Asus' P7P55 WS Supercomputer, little brother to the P6T7 WS Supercomputer based on Intel's X58 chipset. Of course, the P7P55 WS centers on P55, Intel's upcoming platform controller hub, complementing LGA 1156 Core i5 and Core i7 processors.

From over top, everything about the P7P55 WS looks fairly standard, but there's actually quite a bit going on with this platform when you zoom in and start flying by its various onboard components. For instance, notice the five PCI Express x16 slots. So what, right? The P6T6 WS Revolution sports six PCI Express x16 slots, after all.

Ah, but the rabbit hole goes deeper. Remember, there's a world of difference between the X58 and P55 chipsets...

In case you've missed any of our other P55 motherboard previews, we covered Gigabyte's microATX P55M-UD4 and Asus' P7P55D Deluxe in the same picture story. We introduced Gigabyte's P55-UD4P and P55-UD6 in another piece. Before that, Asus' P7P55D Evo stood on its own. Don't worry, we're looking to share the love. Solutions from MSI and ASRock are up on the block next.

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    apache_lives , August 18, 2009 7:33 AM
    so asus stole "supercomputer" from asrocks "X58 SuperComputer" motherboard, and wtf is with that name, it isnt a supercomputer - a "super" computer would bring me a coffee and massage my back while i work.
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    one-shot , August 18, 2009 8:15 AM
    I'm still not regretting getting a 1366 socket i7 rather than waiting for the 1156 socket "i7". These new chips appear to be solid, but my needs require a faster CPU. It'll be interesting to see how AMD reacts after launch.
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    JeanLuc , August 18, 2009 8:20 AM
    Spelling error - page 3, paragraph 2, line 3 "as we saw in the MSI story, muxlanes"

    Good to see that there's a Nvidia's NF200 PCI Express bridge chip is included. Does that mean we will be able to run two video in crossfire/SLI at 16/16 or will the board always be limited to only 8x on the second lane?
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    onlyojay , August 18, 2009 9:25 AM
    i know this will be like just a wet dream but...4870x2 x 5?
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    DjEaZy , August 18, 2009 10:09 AM
    ... common... another socket??? ... its like 754/939...
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    DjEaZy , August 18, 2009 10:09 AM
    ... common... another socket??? ... its like 754/939...
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    cknobman , August 18, 2009 1:19 PM
    No eSATA? Ill pass.
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    idisarmu , August 18, 2009 1:47 PM
    onlyojayi know this will be like just a wet dream but...4870x2 x 5?


    If that were possible... it would still be stupid.

    Why would you do that if you could put 5 gtx295s in there? (though that's impossible too)
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    Shadow703793 , August 18, 2009 2:24 PM
    apache_livesso asus stole "supercomputer" from asrocks "X58 SuperComputer" motherboard, and wtf is with that name, it isnt a supercomputer - a "super" computer would bring me a coffee and massage my back while i work.

    ASRock was part of ASUS.
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    theholylancer , August 18, 2009 3:18 PM
    i thought asrock is still part of asus, except they are now allowed to make premium boards.
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    lj7777 , August 18, 2009 4:46 PM
    On another note, do they still make motherboards WITHOUT on-board audio?
    I hate paying for something I won't use...
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    megamanx00 , August 18, 2009 6:22 PM
    Seems convoluted. It would make more sense to hook up all 4 PCI-E Graphic slots to the nForce controller that way when the cards are communicating with each other the signlas are routed to the nForce controller rather than going to the CPU and then to the controller which introduces more latency. The nForce 200 could also provide 4 8x-PCIE slots for quad crossfire as many of the AMD 790FX boards already provide.
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    gigipuscarie , August 18, 2009 8:42 PM
    I really dont think this motherboard deserves the name "supercomputer". I'm waiting for a real benchmark. Until then....it is just another P55 regular board.
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    Major7up , August 18, 2009 10:55 PM
    If it were a supercomputer it would use copper pipes (the good sh*t!) Plus I agree that any true supercomputer would bring me coffee, the paper or whatever I told it too ;) 
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    ebattleon , August 19, 2009 12:26 AM
    Super computer to me meant something like a Cray 2 or IBM's blue gene. Massively powerful machine with hundreds of cores. To calla single CPU motherboard a supercomputer seems almost laughable.
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    brisingamen , August 19, 2009 2:25 AM
    could you rock two gtx 285's and two 4890's and switch back and forth between the setups depending on which architecture is better for the given game your playing?

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    Anonymous , August 19, 2009 3:11 AM
    No USB 3!!! This is not super computing
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    ebattleon , August 19, 2009 11:38 AM
    I have seen stressed board on final production video cards and in my opinion that would result in reduced board life. A electronic circuit board is made of differing materials of different characteristics and the board is under thermal stress as well as mechanical under. To have a board that is warped to begin with will only make to condition worse when loaded and cause separation of the stressed component from the board. Leading to a short service life.

    So i would really look at any warped circuit board as being bad design and not idly dismiss it.
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    TemjinGold , August 19, 2009 12:54 PM
    brisingamencould you rock two gtx 285's and two 4890's and switch back and forth between the setups depending on which architecture is better for the given game your playing?


    Seeing as those are dual slot cards, I'd have to go with "no."
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    Anonymous , August 20, 2009 12:25 AM
    I take it from here on out, you won't be able to buy a cheap Intel compatible mobo with normal non-enthusiast heatsinks... Now their "mainstream" CPUs also require an enthusiast motherboard... The i5 isn't that much cheaper than the i7, I don't see why anybody would go that route...
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