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Old July 23, 2009, 08:51 AM
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With the coming of September, the latest Intel LGA 1156 platform of high-intermediate level is also coming.
On this platform, Intel recently added the support of Core i7 processor, so in future both Core i5 and Core i7 processors can be used,
the successful development that can improve the efficiency more effectively.

At present, the sale of LGA 1156 platform is not available before September,
but, despite of the fact that the economic is still depressed,
there have been a lot of MB manufacturers planning promotion for more attractive products based on this new platform.
Currently, the price of X58 is at US$ 200~300; the price of P55 motherboard of LGA 1156 is expected to be sold at about US$ 100~300;
and the price of most products of P55, at about US$ 120~200, the same product level as P35 and P45 before.

Why is the price of P55 as almost high as that of X58? Actually, X58 is deemed as a high level product;
P55, higher than intermediate level and lower than high one.
Therefore, the price of P55 and of X58 is nearly the same; as for X58, for several months there have been many product series based on this chipset,
and they are priced at about US$ 200. At first, the price of P55 should be probably the same as that of P45,
with intermediate level at US$ 150~200, or with high level at nearly US$ 300.

We are going to introduce BIOSTAR P55 product, the highest level version, the price of which is at about US$ 200.
The most important feature of BIOSTAR products is easy to overclock, and supplies at reasonable prices.
The price of highest-level P55 is the same as that of elementary-level X58.

Full view of BIOSTAR TPOWER I55

BIOSTAR’s design and material are much better than ever. It is also one of the best MB manufacturers.
My favourite blue and big heat pipe make the quality excellent.

Down-left of the motherboard
2 X PCIE X16(support ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI technology, X8+X8 bandwidth)
1 X PCI-E X4
2 X PCI-E X1
Dual LAN Intel 82578/Realtek RTL8111DL, support 2Gb LAN Teaming
For multi VGAs, X series chipset uses X16+X16 bandwidth,
but P series chipset, limited X8+X8 bandwidth.

Down-right of the motherboard
6 X SATAII(ICH10R,support Raid0,1,5)
Power/Reset button and debug LEDs
1394a uses LSI chipset

Up-right of the motherboard
4 X DIMM DDR3,support 800/1066/1333/1600/2000+
24PIN power input,DDR3 uses 2phase

Power supply uses 8 phase CPU Power,4 phase CPU NB

8 X USB 2.0
2 X Gigabit LAN
1 X 1394a

Although north and south bridge are combined in P55, BIOSTAR still add a big heat sink on the traditional north bridge location,
the design that makes not only the appearance more attractive, but also cooler area bigger.

Picture of LGA 1156 with Core i7 870
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Old July 23, 2009, 09:06 AM
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Old July 23, 2009, 09:07 AM
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The lacquered quality of heat pipe is great, with amazing design of finned plates and cooler area.

LGA 1156 platform is becoming available in the market in less two months. According to more and more news from the Internet,
Intel is going to categorise its products into three kinds of platforms— LGA 775, i3/i5/i7(LGA 1156), i5/i9(LGA 1366).
As customers, they may think there are too many product series and different sockets; hence, they easily feel confused and do not know how to choose. All in all,
the launch of new products can renew the old product series faster.

Since LGA 1366 is deemed as high-level products, it is inadequate for LGA775 for non high-level products.
So, the coming of LGA 1156 can make Intel platforms more complete, and customers, depending upon their budget, therefore have more choices.
Let’s look forward to waiting MB manufacturers’ products, and price of Intel LGA 1156 CPU.
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Old July 23, 2009, 09:57 AM
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The board looks good, however I would of done without the blue colour stickers on the heatsink and gone with something with a more uniformed designed.

Its difficult to tell, but will the height of the heatsinks interfere with any of the current major CPU heatsinks, more importantly in a dualfan configuration?


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Old July 23, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Sweet mother of god I love the looks of this board.
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Old July 23, 2009, 10:16 AM
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IMO, there will be too much overlap in the market of mobos. I am still recommending that people pick up the $200 X58 boards and i7 920 chips while they still can.
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