Not too long ago we heard the rumors that USB 3.0 was being delayed by Intel. At the time we thought the rumors were somewhat unfounded… Ok we thought they were a complete crock. After all – how is Intel going to really stop a standard from getting out? Engineering resources at the company are drained on other projects we already wrote about and while it is all candy-dandy by crying about Intel being a bad boy, nobody was stopping nVidia or AMD to create USB 3.0 chipsets. In the end – it is true that the standard gains more traction once it is integrated into the chipset but honestly for years USB 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 were a separate chip on the board [anyone remember the VIA USB chips?] and nobody complained nor did that stop USB from taking over the world of peripherals.

Asus it seems also remembers these days as they are planning a new boards with both USB 3.0 and SATA 6G for the X58 and P55. We were able to get a hold of some early specs for the P55 board, the P7P55D E Premium. This is the same board that had its pictures leaked to the internet this morning.  The USB 3.0 will be powered by an NEC D720200F1 chip that supports 2 ports on the back I/O panel.

 
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Of course you can expect the usual plethora of Asus only Features like Turbo V and Asus EPU. It should also have a 48-Phase design like the current P7P55D.  At the time of writing there was no official launch date for this board but we are hearing that it should be very soon.


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So here are some of the specs to go with those images.

LGA1156 socket for Intel® Core? i7/Core? i5 Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology

Intel® P55 Express Chipset
4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2200(OC)*/1600/1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory Dual channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots (2.5GT/s)
2 x PCI slots
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI? Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX? Technology

Intel® P55 Express Chipset
 – 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports  
 – Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports  RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10

JMicron® JMB368 PATA controller
 – 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices

Marvell® SATA 6Gb/s controller:
 – 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)

Dual Gigabit LAN controllers

Realtek® 8112L / 8110SC Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2 and Teaming

VIA® VT2020 10-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
 – Absolute Pitch BD192/24 featuring ENVY HD
 – DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
 – Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
 – Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

VIA® 6308P controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

NEC® USB 3.0 controller:
 – 2 x USB 3.0 ports (blue; at back panel)

Intel® P55 Express Chipset:
 – 10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)

Precision Tweaker 2:
 – vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
 – vIMC:  Adjustable IMC voltage at 0.00625V increment
 – vDRAM Bus:         81-step DRAM voltage control
 – vPCH:                   2-step chipset voltage control
 – vCPU_PLL:           4-step reference voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
 – Internal Base Clock tuning from 80MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
 – PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 200MHz at 1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection:
 – ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (Purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
1 x Clear CMOS switch
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ45 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
10-channel Audio I/O
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
1 x COM connector
6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s connectors (blue)
2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors (gray)
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connector (1×4-pin, 1×3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
1 x TPM connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
1 x CD audio in
1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x TURBO_CON header (for TurboV Remote)
1 x MemOK! button
1 x Power on switch
1 x Reset switch

16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2,  ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

 
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