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ECS announces Intel P55 motherboard

by Scott Bicheno on 26 May 2009, 09:52

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But where's the CPU?

ECS is among the first motherboard makers to announce a board featuring the Intel P55 chipset, which supports Intel's yet to be launched mainstream Nehalem CPU: Core i5, codenamed Lynnfield.

There are likely to be a large number of such announcements in the build up to, and during, this year's Computex, which commences on 2 June. But with the launch date of Core i5 itself still unspecified, the impact of these launches is likely to be limited.

The other critical factor in the success of P55 boards will be price. Core i7 boards are still starting at around £150, so the P55 ones need to cost around £100 or less to make it worthwhile opting for Core i5 over Core i7.

The ECS P55H-A Black Series features dual x16 PCIe 2.0 supporting ‘Auto-Gear Design' that can automatically provide single x16 or dual x8 PCIe bandwidth, apparently. There are also 14 USB 2.0 ports and 6 SATA 3Gb/s ports.


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