Asus has a large number of P55 motherboards available…I counted at least 16. Of those, five are in the same product line as the P7P55D-E Pro, with this board square in the middle. $140 separates the bottom end and the top end, with the P7P55D-E Pro running $90 less than the top end board. Though there are a few differences between the two boards, mainly an extra LAN port, two extra I/O USB 2.0 ports, a nicer SB cooler, and some onboard switches, this board is a full featured board and most would find the differences negligible.
Running USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s without compensation, these are the P55 boards for the future. LGA 1156 isn’t going anywhere for a while, and these boards prepare you for the next generation of data transfer.
The P7P55D-E Pro performed well, had rock solid stability, and no issues. The BIOS was laid out very well, and has an excellent overclocking menu. Though the bundle should have been pretty plain, Asus threw in an SLI bridge and an expansion bracket with USB 2.0 and eSATA.
I found nothing not to like about this board.
The Asus P7P55D-E Pro runs $189 at my favorite online retailer. As I mentioned, this is $90 less than the P7P55D-E Premium…which is a fancy board, but 90 bucks is 90 bucks. If you can live without the extras, the P7P55D-E Pro is probably the next generation P55 board for you. ThinkComputers gives the Asus P7P55D-E Pro Intel P55 Motherboard a 10 out of 10 score.
– A lot of board for the money
– Ready for the future with USB 3 and SATA 6Gb/s without compensation
– BIOS is very overclocker friendly
– Excellent overclocker