Monday, March 16th 2009

DFI LANParty Dark P55 T3eH6 Pictured

DFI seems to be almost ready with a motherboard based on Intel's P55 chipset, that supports the company's upcoming LGA-1156 socket processors. This motherboard did not get the limelight at this year's CeBIT event. It doesn't seem like DFI finalized the board's cooling, hence the pictures don't show coolers over the chipset and VRM areas. The rest of the board's features are pretty visuals:
  • 6+2 phase CPU power circuit,
  • Four DDR3 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR3 memory
  • P55 chipset used without any additional PCI-Express bridge chip
  • Three PCI-E x16 slots, most likely two of them are routed to the CPU, arrange as x8, x8 with both populated, while the third is routed to the P55 chipset's 8-lane PCI-E hub
  • Six SATA II ports from the PCH, two from an onboard controller, the same controller also provides an IDE connector
The rest of its features seem pretty standard for motherboards of its class. DFI may introduce this motherboard in some of the first waves of product launches following Intel's launch of compatible processors.
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20 Comments on DFI LANParty Dark P55 T3eH6 Pictured

#1
Haytch
I dont mind the DFi outlay, always a pretty sight for the highlighted user, but like always, ill have to go for something with a little more.
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#2
btarunr
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I'm guessing they have a "T3eH8" LP UT model.
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#3
theorw
I dont see any cooling planned for the 2 phases over the cpu...:wtf:
And fom the boards layout i dont see any nice looking cooler planned too.What happened to the NB and SB being separate and having two beautiful heatsinks connected with pipes and staff...:(
Also how does the new PCIE works?It say t pcie sockets are connected to the CPU while the 3rd on the chipset.Along with everything else the PCU will have the pcie to handle now?
Or the memory controller being integrated will help on this???
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
it should have been T3h6

"teh sex"
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Woot, we haz our own pics. Thanks to W1zzard and DarkSaber.
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#6
OnBoard
Meh, am I the only one that is not at all interested in these "P55s". No backward compability, no coolers fit. Is it going to last or be another 's754'. What does it really bring over P45, we already have DDR3 borads if you reallyreally have to have them.

It'll cost more, CPUs will cost more, memory will cost more, might as well go x58 (or stick with P45).
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#7
quasarsky
well obviously they dont' have the coolers pictured, most mobo previews i've seen don't have pics showing the nb and sb coolers, or mosfet coolers :D
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Mussels
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by: OnBoard
Meh, am I the only one that is not at all interested in these "P55s". No backward compability, no coolers fit. Is it going to last or be another 's754'. What does it really bring over P45, we already have DDR3 borads if you reallyreally have to have them.

It'll cost more, CPUs will cost more, memory will cost more, might as well go x58 (or stick with P45).
uhh, its nehalem? P55 is core i5, a dual channel nehalem platform.
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OnBoard
by: Mussels
uhh, its nehalem? P55 is core i5, a dual channel nehalem platform.
Yes, if it was 1366pin and you could use i7 procs on it. I don't have faith that i5 will be anything special on performance. i7 performance with less money, that would be cool and then lga1156 made sense to me.
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#10
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
by: OnBoard
Yes, if it was 1366pin and you could use i7 procs on it. I don't have faith that i5 will be anything special on performance. i7 performance with less money, that would be cool and then lga1156 made sense to me.
HUGE "..." moment I just had.

Dual channel... Dual Core... mainstream P55 chipset... it's meant to be cheaper and use the new architecture. :slap:
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OnBoard
by: Binge
Dual channel... Dual Core... mainstream P55 chipset... it's meant to be cheaper and use the new architecture. :slap:
It'll have quads too. My whole point is we had X38 and P35, X48 and P45. Imagine them using different sockets and processors, same thing here.

i7s do dual channel just fine, just make a cheaper board for them and there's you mainstream. If you need dual core, P45 is there for you.

Resale value of i5 will be terrible too, you can't fit it to P45 or I7 boards, just P55. You can't use some older processor to update your bios if your new i5 processor isn't recognized.

I used this E7200 on P965 board, how nice was that, then upgraded my motherboard to two generations newer and same processor still works.

Who knows a year from now I might be using i5 and loving it, we'll have to wait and see :)
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Mussels
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by: OnBoard
Yes, if it was 1366pin and you could use i7 procs on it. I don't have faith that i5 will be anything special on performance. i7 performance with less money, that would be cool and then lga1156 made sense to me.
i dont get you. its a new nehalem socket. Dual channel, dual PCI-E as opposed to tri-channel with 3/4 PCI-E slots.

its going to be a hell of a lot cheaper, while still having i7's onboard memory controller.
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OnBoard
by: Mussels
i dont get you. its a new nehalem socket. Dual channel, dual PCI-E as opposed to tri-channel with 3/4 PCI-E slots.

its going to be a hell of a lot cheaper, while still having i7's onboard memory controller.
3x PCI-E on that DFI board, you could just as well make a i7 motherboard with dual graphics slots. And above post should answer rest.
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Mussels
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by: OnBoard
3x PCI-E on that DFI board, you could just as well make a i7 motherboard with dual graphics slots. And above post should answer rest.
you're missing the point about price.

core i7 is a quad core with HT, and a triple channel memory controller. thats ALL in the CPU.

core i5 is dual cor e with HT and a dual channel controller. Thats going to be a LOT cheaper and easier to produce.

Then the motherboards are less advanced with less pins to the socket, less wires to the ram slots.... the cost savings could be pretty big here. Yes its weird to see two high end sockets on the market at the same time from the same manufacturer, but i think the prices will tell the difference in the end.
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#15
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
i5 will not have quads, sry bro
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OnBoard
by: Mussels
you're missing the point about price.

core i7 is a quad core with HT, and a triple channel memory controller. thats ALL in the CPU.

core i5 is dual cor e with HT and a dual channel controller. Thats going to be a LOT cheaper and easier to produce.

Then the motherboards are less advanced with less pins to the socket, less wires to the ram slots.... the cost savings could be pretty big here. Yes its weird to see two high end sockets on the market at the same time from the same manufacturer, but i think the prices will tell the difference in the end.
Hope you are right. I just wanted to see P55 with LGA1366. Just route 2 channels worth to ram slots and make everything else less/cheaper on the board.

i7-920 isn't than expensive, about the same as Core series quads. It's just the motherboard part that is much. Well both will be cheaper in i5, but it's still dual core at first. Or is Lynnfields still coming same time as Havendale?
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#18
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
Fantastic! So those are coming out after the dual cores? That's the only article I've seen for it, and Intel is really only talkin about the duals right now. Seems like a POS though. 2.13GHz @ 135W for a quad/8thread without triple channel?

The p55 will shine with the dual cores and not the quads.
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