ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Reviewtacohunter52 - September 29, 2009
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When you purchase a motherboard, the only thing better than receiving the board, is receiving the accessories that come with it. Why? Because it makes you feel like you're getting more for your money. Asus certainly didn't hesitate on including things with the P7P55D Deluxe. You'll receive all sorts of goodies to ensure that your new motherboard works well with your hardware. You'll also receive a relatively thick user manual and a driver CD.
Running low on SATA cables? Asus has included four of them with the P7P55D Deluxe, and they aren't your average red cables. Instead, you'll get four nice black SATA cables. Two of them are angled, which can be very helpful when trying to hide wires. I was also pleased to see that Asus opted for the lock-in-place cables. It's very rare that a SATA cable will suddenly become disconnected, but the knowledge that it has been locked in place is always nice. Asus also included an expansion bracket complete with e-SATA and two USB ports. I find that I usually don't use these extra brackets, but if you're short on USB ports, or can't find a cover for your expansion port, you can sleep soundly knowing that Asus has got you covered.
This next accessory is pretty much the best thing ever! There are a few reasons for this, but my favorite is that it's an overclocking remote. Yeah, you read that correctly. The TurboV remote is actually a remote that will let you overclock with the push of a button. Right now many of you are thinking, "Who needs a remote to overclock? I've got the BIOS!" Well for one thing, this remote allows you to overclock in Windows without having to restart. It's also got three auto-overclock buttons, so you'll be able to easily switch between modes. Another great thing about this remote is that it allows us to overclock farther. How so? Many of the more experienced overclockers know that just because you can't boot with certain settings, doesn't mean you can't use those settings in Windows. The TurboV remote will allow you to increase your core speed in Windows, so you'll be able to game or benchmark with a faster chip. Plus it's got the "Auto Button" that will auto-overclock for you.
The P7P55D Deluxe will allow you to run multiple graphics cards. For this reason, Asus has kindly included a CrossFire Bridge, but where's my SLI bridge?. Asus also included a front header riser, which makes it easier to install the front header connectors. That second riser is for the included expansion port. Asus has also included the padded shield that we've seen included with many of its motherboards.
Last, but not least, the IDE cable. Yep! Asus knows that many users, including me, refuse to dispose of their old optical drive. For this reason, Asus has included an IDE cable to use with the P7P55D Deluxe. Thanks, Asus!
Now that we've seen what comes with the board, let's take a closer look at the P7P55D Deluxe itself.