ASUS P7P55D Series Motherboards Announced
Asus officially announced six new motherboards in its P7P55D series yesterday to coincide with he launch of the Intel Core i5/Core i7 "Lynnfield" processors. Based on the P55 chipset, the new boards feature the new LGA1156 socket and support for up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 memory running at speeds up to 2000MHz. The boards include the latest Hybrid Technology — Hybrid Processor, Hybrid Phase, and Hybrid OS—to give users intelligent performance enhancements, active cooling, and rapid online access. The flagship P7P55D Premium comes with native support for 6Gbps SATA through an onboard expansion bridge while the other models can be outfitted with the latest SATA technology through the use of an option expansion card. There are plenty of other storage options including 6-9 3Gb/s SATA connections, 12-14 USB 2.0 ports and eSATA and Firewire connections depending on model. The boards are available immediately with suggested prices ranging from $139 on the entry-level P7P55D LE up to $279 for the high-end Premium model although a quick online check showed these boards can be found for less than that.