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P55 On A Budget: Five Core i5/i7 Motherboards For $100-$150
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Sub-$200 Core i7 Motherboard Features

 

ASRock P55 Pro

Asus P7P55D

ECS P55H-A

PCB Revision

1.03

1.02G

1.0

Chipset

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Voltage Regulator

Ten Phases (8+2)

14 Phases (12+2)

Six Phases (4+2)

BIOS

1.50 (09/10/2009)

0606 (09/03/2009)

080016 (08/16/2009)

133.3 MHz BCLK

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

132.7 MHz (-0.47%)

Clock Generator

ICS 9LPRS140CKLF

ICS 9LPRS140CKLF

ICS 9LPRS926EGLF

Internal Interfaces

PCIe 2.0 x16

2 (1x x16, 1x x4)

2 (1x x16, 1x x4)

2 (1x x16 or 2x x8)

PCIe x1/x4

2/0

2/0

1/1

Legacy PCI

2

3

2

USB 2.0

3 (6-ports)

3 (6-ports)

3 (6-ports)

IEEE-1394

1

1

None

SerialPort

1

1

1

ParallelPort

None

None

None

Floppy

None

None

None

Ultra-ATA 133

1 (2-drives)

1 (2-drives)

1 (2-drives)

SATA 3.0 Gb/s

6

7

6

4-Pin Fan

2

2

1

3-Pin Fan

3

2

3

FP-Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

CD-Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

S/PDIF I/O

Output Only

Output Only

Output Only

Power Button

Yes

No

Yes

Reset Button

Yes

No

Yes

CLR_CMOS Button

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Diagnostics Panel

Yes

None

Yes

I/O Panel Connectors

P/S 2

2

2

2

USB 2.0

8 (2 Shared w/eSATA)

8

8

IEEE-1394

1

1

None

Network

1

Single

1

eSATA

2 (shared w/USB)

1

1

CLR_CMOS Button

Yes

No

Yes

Digital Audio Out

Optical+Coaxial

Optical

Optical

Digital Audio In

None

None

None

Analog Audio

6

6

5

Mass Storage Controllers

Chipset SATA

6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Chipset RAID Modes

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

Add-In SATA

JMB363 PCIe; 2x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s

JMB363 PCIe; 1x SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s

JMB361 PCIe; 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s

Add-In Ultra ATA

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

JMB361 PCIe

IEEE-1394

VT6308S PCI
2x 400 mb/s

VT6308P PCI
2x 400 mb/s

None

Gigabit Ethernet

Primary LAN

RTL8111DL PCIe

RTL8112L PCIe

RTL8111DL PCIe

Secondary LAN

None

None

None

Audio

HD Audio Codec

ALC890B

VIA VT1828S

ALC888S

Sub-$200 Core i7 Motherboard Features

 

Gigabyte
P55-UD3R

MSI P55-CD53

PCB Revision

1.0

1.1

Northbridge

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Voltage Regulator

Ten Phases (6+4)

Five Phases (4+1)

BIOS

F3E (09/10/2009)

1.2 (09/03/2009)

133.3 MHz BCLK

132.9 MHz (-0.32%)

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

Clock Generator

ICS 9LPRS914EKLF

MSI LRS4116AL

Internal Interfaces

PCIe 2.0 x16

2 (1x x16, 1x x4)

1

PCIe x1/x4

1/0

3/0

Legacy PCI

4

3

USB 2.0

2 (4-ports)

2 (4-ports)

IEEE-1394

None

None

SerialPort

1

1

ParallelPort

1

None

Floppy

Yes

Yes

Ultra-ATA 133

1 (2-drives)

1 (2-drives)

SATA 3.0 Gb/s

8

8

4-Pin Fan

2

1

3-Pin Fan

2

2

FP-Audio

Yes

Yes

CD-Audio

Yes

Yes

S/PDIF I/O

Both

Output Only

Power Button

No

Yes

Reset Button

No

No

CLR_CMOS Button

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Diagnostics Panel

No

No

I/O Panel Connectors

P/S 2

1

2

USB 2.0

10

10

IEEE-1394

No

No

Network

1

1

eSATA

2

None

CLR_CMOS Button

No

No

Digital Audio Out

Optical+Coaxial

None

Digital Audio In

None

None

Analog Audio

6

6

Mass Storage Controllers

Chipset SATA

6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Chipset RAID Modes

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

Add-In SATA

JMB363 PCIe; 2x SATA 3.0 Gb/s, JMB362 PCIe, 2x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s

JMB363 PCIe; 2x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Add-In Ultra ATA

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

IEEE-1394

None

None

Gigabit Ethernet

Primary LAN

RTL8111D PCIe

RTL8111DL PCIe

Secondary LAN

None

None

Audio

HD Audio Codec

ALC888

ALC889

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