ASUS P7P55D Premium and P7P55D-E Pro Reviewccokeman -
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When it comes down to it, both of these boards offer great performance, looks, and some outstanding overclocking credentials. Both of these boards were able to get my i7 870 to well over 4 GHz with a minimum amount of work. In fact, it was pretty easy. The BIOS are configured similarly except for the USB 3.0 functionality on the Pro and each has all of the options you need to push for your overclocking goals. Both the overclocks I have reached are quick and dirty, reached by going after the low hanging fruit to get the most bang right off the bat, but with some tweaking time more should be able to be realized. Both boards would let my 870 boot and screenshot at 4.4GHz, but really that's not useful for me as I want to know what they can deliver in terms of a 24/7 stable OC. That matters! If plugging away in the BIOS is too technical, ASUS has built these boards to be overclocked by "Joe Six Pack" with the TurboV software and hardware configuration you can bypass all the black magic and just work from within the Windows environment, to get a good solid performance boost. Just make sure you do the stability testing afterward, as that is the only beef I really have with the board's software tools. I had two revisions of the TurboV software to play with and the newest implementation was far superior in regards to the overclocks gained. The Extreme option let you push for the highest clock speed and delivered on that count, but took a bit of time to accomplish as it makes adjustments and then tests for stability. However, the Fast tuning option on the newer software worked like a champ. It looks like ASUS has taken on MSI's one touch overclocking and made it work as this overclock was fully stable. This is a plus for ASUS since it shows they are taking the feedback gained from the field and putting it to good use.
These boards, if nothing else, are full featured motherboards that offer the latest in technology with SATA 6GB/s on both boards, with the P7P55D-E Pro getting a True USB 3.0 implementation via NEC's USB 3.0 controller. The EPU hardware energy management processor and software is functional and does the job it is designed to do by allowing the system to run with lower power consumption, based on how you set up the power profiles. This allows you to do your part to go green! The MemOk feature on both boards is a way around the problems of memory compatibility. One touch and it will put the board through a diagnostic routine to adjust timings and voltage to get your system up and running. At this point, the Memory QVL is pretty large so finding modules that work should be no problem. The Express gate feature works like a charm and really reduces the time to get logged in as well as access your files on the HDD.
When it comes down to price, I would have to give the edge to the P7P55D-E Pro. Its feature set and performance are a match for the P7P55D Premium, but it just can't reach the same clock speeds with the stability I require, most likely due to the difference in the power circuits. Both boards are are full featured boards - each with a little something special. You can't go wrong with either of the boards if you choose to join the masses that have migrated to the Intel Core i5/i7 socket 1156 platform. Performance, looks, software and hardware tools, overclocking credibility, and the latest features make the P7P55D series boards the perfect platform. All you have to do is decide on the features you want!
- Full featured
- TurboV Remote
- SATA 6GB/s
- Software Suite
- Energy management
- Windows 7
- Overclock Recovery
- Auto Tuning OC needed voltage tweak for Stability