Wednesday, December 9th 2009
EVGA expanded its lineup of socket LGA1156 motherboards, this time with the entry-level EVGA P55V. This micro-ATX motherboard provides the bare essentials for the platform, but surprisingly doesn't leave out PCI-Express external switching that provides two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots at dual x8 bandwidth, and with it, SLI support. The already lean PCB has a 4-phase (2+2) CPU VRM, with four DDR3 DIMM slots next to it. Expansion slots include two PCI-E x16 (x16, NC, or x8, x8 depending on how they're populated), and two PCI-E x1. One out of the six SATA 3 Gbps ports from the P55 PCH is assigned as an eSATA port, it neighbours the 8-channel audio connector cluster, four USB 2.0 ports, and an RJ-45 for the gigabit Ethernet. It is priced at US $120.