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Computex ’09: ASUS P55/P57, Xonar & Mars

VR-Zone finds out what Asus has in store for Computex 09…

We have already detailed Asus’ new netbooks and displays here. Later on, we popped over to Asus’ booth at TWTC Nangang to take a look at their latest motherboards…

Asus’ booth is one of the biggest around; It is almost as big as Intel’s booth which is just next to it. Despite the use of an ultra-wide angle lens, our photo simply fails at conveying the massiveness of the booth.

P7 Series

Asus has always been quick on the draw when it comes to new technologies. With Core i5 hitting shelves in September, their entire P55/P57 lineup appears to have already been settled. No Deluxe/Premium models for the P55/P57 line have appeared; At this time Asus appears to be reserving this segment strictly for the X58 boards.

A few of the many, many Asus motherboards on display…

Hence their lineup only goes from LE to vanilla to Pro in ascending order. A selection of their motherboards for your viewing pleasure:

Asus P7P55 Pro / Asus P7P57 Pro

The P7P55 Pro features a 10-phase CPU power delivery system.

Asus P7P57 / Asus P7P57 LE

Being the junior partner, the P7P57 LE has only analog VGA. The P7P57 and P7P57 Pro add DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. All the P55/P57 boards (with the sole exception of the P7P57 LE) have two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots with CrossFire support.

The small chipset heatsink on all the P55/P57 boards we’ve seen suggests that Intel has managed to control TDP well despite having to integrate more functions into a single chip.

On a side note, Asus appears to have redone their motherboard naming scheme. Rather than using an arbitrary letter to denote the chipset series (e.g. P5K = P3x, P5Q = P4x), they now use the actual chipset name, making things much less confusing.

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