ASUS P7P55D Premium and P7P55D-E Pro Reviewccokeman - January 28, 2010
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As you can imagine, both of these boards come with a bundle that is pretty much identical. This is because the feature set that is offered by both of them dictate what is needed to get the end user up and running. As with higher end boards, the bundles are pretty substantial and in no way are slim. What you get with each bundle is the ability to use all the functionality of the board, without having to buy any additional parts. The Premium board in this class, the the P7P55D Premium, has just that one or two items more than the ample bundle included with the Pro. Both boards come with the manual and driver disk to start with.
The I/O panel of Q-Shield is included with each board. What this design has going for it is that it is so much more than just the I/O panel. First, it does not have the fingers that normally cause a fair bit of frustration during the install by hanging in the ports. The design also helps prevent static discharges from reaching the motherboard and provides a level of EMI protection.
The drive cabling package included with each of the boards is identical and includes SATA cables for both SATA 3Gbps and 6Gbps devices with 90 degree locking ends and a single IDE cable for those still using drives with this connection type. The SATA 6Gbps cables are clearly labeled with the specification printed right on the cable covering. You also get an expansion bracket that includes two additional USB 2.0 ports on the back panel, plus an eSATA connection.
Easily one of the coolest features of the ASUS lineup are the Q-connectors. These are used to allow you a quick simple 1-plug connection to the front panel and Firewire connections on the boards. Many cases come with the front panel connections that are all jumbled up and putting those single wire connections on the board when it is installed in the chassis is one way to test your patience. This takes away all that anxiety by allowing you to make the connections out in the open and then just plug the Q-Connector to the board. Since both boards support Nvidia's multi GPU solution, a bridge connection is included with the bundle. Crossfire bridge connections usually come with the video cards.
The one true point of difference with the bundle between the P7P55D Premium and the P7P55D-E Pro is that the Premium comes with the ASUS Turbo-V remote. This handy little remote mounts to the motherboard PCB through the I/O panel and allows you to configure your overclock, EPU-6 settings in real time, and on-the-fly for a performance or energy savings boost. There are a total of eight function buttons on the remote, Power on, Turbo Key overclocks for level A-B-C, bclock up or down and EPU-6 manual or automatic mode. This little tool was actually quite easy to use and is functional allowing for quick overclock testing before going into the BIOS. This unit interfaces with the Turbo-V software.
Let's see what each of the boards have going for them. With the similarity of the bundle, will the boards feature sets be this close?