Although the "next-gen" Intel P67 platform has launched recently, there still remains a good supply of the "old stuff", P55 and LGA1366, on the market. With P67 boards pulled from the market due to a manufacturing fault, those looking to buy a motherboard today are left with few options to choose from. Given the performance and features offered by P55 chipset itself, it's easy to understand why it's still a viable platform for daily usage for most users, from entry to high-end. With that in mind, fresh off the assembly line and to our door comes the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO, from ASUS' "Extreme Design" series of products. Boasting some features not found elsewhere, the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO attempts to set itself apart from the rest with the inclusion of both USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps support. Also brought to the table on the ASUS P7P55D-E PRO is ASUS' "Hybrid Design", which attempts to push efficiency to a new level. Is it really "Extreme"? We take a hard look at the P7P55D-E PRO, read the review to find out.
2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (support single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode) 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 (2 Blue at 5GT/s; 1 Grey at 2.5GT/s) 2x PCI 2.2
6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (Intel P55) 1x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (JMicron 363) 1x UDMA 133/100/66 port (JMicron 363) 2x SATA 6.0 Gb/s port (Marvell 88SE9120) 1x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port at rear (JMicron 363) RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 supported
Realtek RTL8112L Gigabit LAN via PCI-Express
2x 1394a ports 2x USB 3.0 ports (blue) 12x USB 2.0/1/1 ports