Its the season for P55 chipset based boards and we look at one by ASUS
The P7P55D Deluxe is a black full ATX motherboard with 30.5 x 24.4cm dimensions. It uses solid capacitors for longer life operation, stability and better overclocking capabilities.
The Intel 1156 socket supports Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs and around the socket are heatsink covered MOSFETs.
There are four DIMMS that support DDR3 1333/1600/upto 2200MHz overclocked with 16GB total capacity, next to the 24-pin power socket is a small button called MemOK! that cycles through various settings in order to find the right settings for your RAM.
Just above the DDR3 DIMMS are three small switches that extend the voltage adjustments in the BIOS.
Next to the Intel P55 chipset there are 6x SATA connecters neatly stacked up along the edge of the motherboard under the IDE connector. It also has 3 additional SATA connectors near the bottom next to the 3 USB connectors.
The board holds a total of seven PCI slots, three of them are x16 Slots, two of them will revert to x8 when dual cards are used or x16 speed when a single card is used; the third x16 slot is an x4 slot. It also has two PCIe x1 slots and two PCI standard slots. The two buttons below the last PCI slot are power and reset buttons.
On the rear panel , from the left to right: 2x PS/2 keyboard and mouse port, 1x reset button, 2x USB, Optical and Coaxial SPDIF out, 6x USB, 2x RJ45 ports, 1x IEEE 1394a port and 6x Audio ports.
The motherboard comes with two Realtek RTL8112L/RTL8110SC chipsets supporting Gigabit LAN and featuring Asus AI NET2 and Teaming. Onboard audio is powered by a VIA VT2020 chipset supporting 10-Channel HAD featuring DTS.