Asus P7P55-M P55 mATX Motherboard


Asus burst onto the scene with their range of P55 chipset based motherboards which we first sampled with the P55 EVO. Supplementing the six P55 motherboards in their lineup, Asus are now about to unleash the P7P55-M. As the 'M' suggests, this motherboard is based upon the increasingly popular mATX form factor. Unlike the Maximus II Gene of X58 genre, the P7P55-M is aimed directly at the masses rather than the extreme end of the market.
Supporting Intels Core i5/i7 processor range, the P7P55-M should certainly appeal to those looking to base their PC around the mATX format while still having the advantage of performance that only Intels latest chipset can offer. Couple this with features such as Express Gate, DDR3 support of upto 2200MHz (O.C), Turbo V and a new Asus feature - Turbo Key and the P7P55-M looks to be a cracking board, bursting with features yet all crammed onto an mATX motherboard, ideal for those with space at a premium.
The following specification is subject to change as the board we have at present is an engineering sample and not the full retail product:
  Asus P7P55-M
LGA1156 Socket for Intel Lynnfield Processors
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Chipset Intel P55 Express Chipset
4xDIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2133(OC), 2000(OC), 133/1066MHz DRAM, non-ECC,unbuffered memory
Dual Channel memory architecture 
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
- 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
- Intel Matrix Storage Technology supporting RAID 0, 1, 0+1(10),5
VIA VT6415 PATA controller
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66
Realtek® 8112L Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2
VIA® VT1708S 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
 - Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
 - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
IEEE 1394
JMB381 controller supports 1 x IEEE 1394a port
USB 14 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)
I/O Backplate
1 x IEEE1394 port
1 x PS/2 KB/MS port
1 x COM port
1 x RJ45 port
8 x USB 2.0/1.1
8-channel Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x Chassis Fan connectors
1 x LPT connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x System Panel connector
BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a
Form Factor
ATX (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
The Asus P7P55-M certainly has enough features to keep even those looking for a full size motherboard happy. Asus have managed to cram everything but the kitchen sink onto this tiny motherboard which should please those looking to use the P7P55-M as the foundation for a media centre.
Enough of the small talk though, let's move on to the motherboards packaging and appearance...
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Most Recent Comments

09-11-2009, 08:22:32

Very decent, £90.

With it having better memory handling, on the surface, I was expecting it to be that much better than the msi in the following benchies. Didn't happen tho. These things tend to be illogical.

Full 4 ghz+ expectation on a small mobo too.

Weening away from the necessity of a full ATX for everyday+ builds, and I like it.

Good stuff.

See ASUS still like the rolly cardboard packing.Quote

18-11-2009, 04:24:42

hi there!

I have read you posting. I find it so good. Thanks for you posting Quote

18-11-2009, 04:37:30

Mr. Smith
I'm with Rast - the future for me is small builds matx/mitx.

There are plenty of decent matx mobos capable of performing exactly like an atx mobo.

Nice reviewQuote

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