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Now Its time for the Intel P55 (LGA-1156 Socket) Motherboards

Intel P55

Asus, MSI, Giga­byte, Bio­star and Jet­way com­pan­ies are show­ing their upcom­ing P55 mother­boards in CeBIT.

Asus is show­ing off two, the P7U and P7U Pro, both fea­tures a single, open ended PCIe x4 slot, two PCIe x1 slots (three for the P7U), a PCI slot, four DDR3 memory slots sup­ports dual chan­nel mode, an IDE, five SATA, four USB 2.0 head­ers sup­port eight USB 2.0 ports and a floppy con­nect­or. IO ports at back, a PS/2 port, six USB 2.0 ports, Gig­abit Eth­er­net port, eSATA, FireWire and 7.1‑channel ana­log audio pro got a pair of X16 slots. But big empty space at back that seems to be for an HDMI or Dis­play­Po­rt con­nect­or as well as a DVI and D‑sub con­nect­or. There’s also a space near the memory mod­ules which should house a Turbo Memory mod­ule, but the slot is missing.

MSI board came with the name G7P55-DC or the MS-7581 and it is a high­er-end board. MSI has cameup with three PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x1 slots and two PCI slots. Giv­ing Dual chan­nel memory sup­port with four DDR3 memory slots and eight SATA con­nect­ors, an IDE con­nect­or, four addi­tion­al USB head­ers for an extra eight USB 2.0 ports and a floppy con­nect­or. Around the back two PS/2 ports, FireWire, eSATA, six USB 2.0 ports, a DVI and D‑sub con­nect­or, dual Gig­abit Eth­er­net and 7.1‑channel audio with optic­al S/PDIF out.

The second board from MSI is also a high­er end mod­el G9P55-DC and it does­n’t have any video out­put options. What it seems to have is some kind of PCIe split­ter, like PLX chip or nForce 200, as the mother­board has two large chips on it and as the P55 is a single chip chip­set and with the board hav­ing 3 x16 PCIe slots plus a open ended x4 slot, this is the only logic­al con­clu­sion. The board also has two PCI slots and one x1 PCIe slot which is meant to be used with a bundled sound card. MSI has also added a pair of eSATA/​USB 2.0 combo ports, 10 SATA ports, a IDE, dual Gig­abit Eth­er­net same as above board.

Giga­byte mod­el is GA-IBP. “IBP” is the plat­form code­name “Ibex Peak”. Fea­tur­ing a DVI, D‑sub and HDMI port. There’s also sup­port for Cross­Fire and SLI. And a two PS/2 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, dual Gig­abit Eth­er­net and 7.1‑channel audio jacks. Oth­er fea­tures include three x16 PCIe slots, two PCIe x1 slots, two PCI slots, six SATA ports, head­ers for three FireWire ports and eight extra USB 2.0 ports.

The Bio­star board to be called TPower I55 and it has a pair of x16 PCIe slots as well as a x4 and x1 PCIe slots and two PCI slots. The board has two PS/2 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, dual eSATA, dual Gig­abit Eth­er­net and 7.1‑channel audio with optic­al and coaxi­al S/PDIF out. The board also has head­ers for six addi­tion­al USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port, six SATA ports, an IDE and floppy con­nect­or and inter­est­ingly a Turbo Memory slot for Intel’s second gen­er­a­tion of Turbo Memory modules.

The Jet­way board is HI05-LF and it has three x16 PCIe slots, although the third slot is labelled HD dis­play slot and we’re not sure what this is about, although as the band­width would be lim­ited, this might be what Jet­way is try­ing to say. The board also has two PCIe x1 slots, two PCI slots, six SATA, an IDE, a par­al­lel port head­er and a Turbo Memory slot. In the back it looks like HI05-LF has pair of PS/2 ports, optic­al and coaxi­al S/PDIF, a CMOS reset but­ton, six USB 2.0 ports, dual Gig­abit Eth­er­net, FireWire and 7.1‑channel audio.

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