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More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard

Posted on 30th Jul 2009 at 11:36 by Clive Webster with 11 comments

Clive Webster
Egads, just how many buzz-words can an IT journo fit into a blog post title these days? I blame Google, to whom all us online folk are beholden. Maybe I should just add a few hot search terms...

Or not. The purpose of this blog post is I thought I'd share some new shots Asus has sent through of its first P55 board to supplement James' preview of the Asus P7P55-Evo that went up a week or so ago.

Supposedly these are of the final retail board. The main update is the Southbridge cooler, which seems massive, and that weird Turbo-V thing. Pics and more discussion below the break.

More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard *More shots of the Asus P55, Lynfield, Core i5/i7, LGA1156 motherboard
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The CPU socket still looks pretty, surrounded as it is by those funky ridged heatsinks on the VRMs. You'll notice that there's not much of a gap between the CPU socket and the first PCI-E graphics slot as Lynnfield has all the Northbridge components integrated - both a memory controller and a PCI-E controller are housed in the CPU. With no need for a Northbridge, the slots can be crammed right up to the CPU socket, which will probably allow for shorter trace-length and quicker signalling between CPU and graphics card.

More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard *More shots of the Asus P55, Lynfield, Core i5/i7, LGA1156 motherboard
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As promised, a look at the new Southbridge heatsink. Ain't it a beauty? No, I guess not really, it's just a plate of metal with some shattered shapes on, after all. The new thing is that it's big - much bigger than the one on the first preview sample we saw - so it looks like the chip underneath might run hot.

More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard *More shots of the Asus P55, Lynfield, Core i5/i7, LGA1156 motherboard
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We've seen a Turbo V Turbo Key (Turbo V is the name for the enhanced VRMs that allow fine-increments of overvolting) motherboard before in Custom PC - it changed the power button of your PC into a (bit of a lame) overclocking button. From memory it raised the multiplier a notch but meant that you had to go to the Start menu if you wanted to do anything as silly as turn your PC off.

It now seems that Asus is moving the technology to a separate module to stop the latter of my criticisms. *Update - the remote uses both Turbo Key and Turno V technology, as it allows you to adjust your EPU settings.* It remains to be seen whether the overclock will of the calibre that really justifies the expense of developing such a device, let alone buying it. Roll on launch day!

More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard *More shots of the Asus P55, Lynfield, Core i5/i7, LGA1156 motherboard
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More shots of the Asus P55, LGA1156, Lynnfield motherboard *More shots of the Asus P55, Lynfield, Core i5/i7, LGA1156 motherboard
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Right, that's your lot, I've run out of new images. Anyone reckon they'll use that Turbo V thing that looks like my telly's remote control? Anyone worried P55 looks like it'll be a hot wee beasty? Anyone just wondering where the next slice of cheesecake is going to come from? The comments thread below is happy to accept answers to any of the above.

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Skiddywinks 30th July 2009, 14:01 Quote
I was kind of hoping for a more elegant and innovative heatsink design, rather than just slapping on a plate of metal, but I suppose the rest of the board is gorgeous, and so long as it keeps the southbridge cool, it matters little.
wuyanxu 30th July 2009, 14:59 Quote
never understood why one would want to overclock on the fly. surely Intel's power-saving speedstep is good enough.

good ol' BIOS tweaking all the way.

the Asus board looks good, shame about lack of USB3 and SATA6 though.
pimonserry 30th July 2009, 19:32 Quote
Nice colours too.

TurboV looks awfully gimmicky.
bodkin 30th July 2009, 20:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by pimonserry
Nice colours too.

TurboV looks awfully gimmicky.

+1
kenco_uk 30th July 2009, 21:08 Quote
Good to know that whatever ram you stick in, it'll be "OK!"
Claave 31st July 2009, 11:38 Quote
Quick update from Asus - the remote control thingy uses Turbo Key tech to allow for in-Windows overclocking/underclocking, which it can do because of the Turbo V tech. It can adjust your EPU settings on the fly from within the OS, so it is like a remote control for under-/overclocking. Could be useful - a one-button quiet mode, eg - but I'll wait until we've got a working sample to play with before saying more about it.
Zero_UK 1st August 2009, 13:25 Quote
When can we see benchmarks :(..
wuyanxu 1st August 2009, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
Quick update from Asus - the remote control thingy uses Turbo Key tech to allow for in-Windows overclocking/underclocking, which it can do because of the Turbo V tech. It can adjust your EPU settings on the fly from within the OS, so it is like a remote control for under-/overclocking. Could be useful - a one-button quiet mode, eg - but I'll wait until we've got a working sample to play with before saying more about it.
if it's OS based software implementation. forget its usefulness. OS software overclocking never works.

if it's done using an additional chip to change the clock speeds at hardware level (eg, OS independent) then could be a winner
Claave 3rd August 2009, 13:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zero_UK
When can we see benchmarks :(..

Not until Lynnfield offiicially launches. And we can't tell you when that'll be or Intel and Asus will rage at us.
[PUNK] crompers 3rd August 2009, 16:03 Quote
Looks like a sweet mobo either way. i really like those heatsinks around the cpu socket
Rkiver 3rd August 2009, 16:07 Quote
I'm still perplexed by only the four DDR3 slots. Isn't this a triple channel motherboard?
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