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News ECS P55 motherboard tips up in Taipei

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 28 May 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Pretty nice layout, good to see all SATA connectors are 90 degrees.
    No ClearCMOS, though? Or is it the grey big chunk next to the ATX plug?
     
  3. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    It looks like it's the red jumper to the right and a bit up from the SATA connectors. I can make out CLR_.... at least.
     
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    Big grey chunk is a choke for the single power phase for memory. Clear CMOS is a bog standard jumper by the SATAs in red: you are correct.
     
  5. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Hm, thought so, but after reading the latest MB review I wasn't sure if it wasn't another ClearCMOS button with a hat. :)

    And I really hoped it wasn't the red jumper... will be fun to reach it inside the case with a couple of HDDs and a graphics card installed.
     
  6. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    No pictures of the socket? :(

    Doesn't look like a very nice motherboard to me :worried:
    IMO Intel are truly trying to segregate the market and profit to the maximum.. at the customer's loss. Two different sockets? No more double x16 lanes?
    Is there any chance of a non-i7 X-series (Express) Intel chipset?

    With the discontinuation of the i7 920 and 940, i7 will become a preposterously expensive option, but then consumers will be left with this under-featured i5. :(

    Also is it just me, or does that motherboard look quite small? It's full-size ATX by the PCI slot covers, but it just looks small...
     
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  7. bowman

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    That wouldn't help - the north bridge has moved to the CPU. The PCIe lanes are now on the CPU. What they call the 'P55' is now essentially the ICH10, connected to the CPU via DMI. Any extra lanes on the chipset will be severely bottlenecked.
     
  8. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    Exactly: so now you'll have to buy a new CPU if they ever even upgrade the NB in the CPU to a greater number of PCIe lanes.

    Aren't Intel trying to detract from motherboard suppliers by doing this? Don't they decrease their product range by taking away the option of different NBs? So they're denying Nvidia the possibility of creating chipsets? Or am I misinterpreting this.

    It seems sneaky to me.
     
  9. Jerz

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    Push Pins

    Are the push-pins coming back for holding the HSF?

    Also, do the PCI-E lanes come straight off the CPU or does it go through the DMI>ICH10>PCI-E? And won't the latter hurt throughput?
    The future sounds rather bleak to me as far as I/O performance goes with cutting the PCI-E lanes and forcing customers to choose between two ends of the performance spectrum with no real middle ground. That conclusion may be mislead though.
     
  10. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    Augh!

    Why the hell is Intel changing their CPU socket again?!?!?
     
  11. Elton

    Elton Officially a Whisky Nerd

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    The Clear CMOS is the red one, it's quite easy to see..

    And I don't care for ECS, I want my ASUS or my Gigabyte boards.

    And after all that money Intel's still being sneaky?? I think somone needs to be fired...
     
  12. Sim0n

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    Hmm,

    Did nobody else notice the connector in the SATA port and raise an eyebrow ?

    Is that just a "unbooted" connector, or is it some kinda flash module/HDD ?
     
  13. Cupboard

    Cupboard I'm not a modder.

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    ^^I was wondering that too. It would be really cool if it were a bootable SATA flash drive, though I don't know where it would get power from :)
     
  14. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    its a sata cable routed under the board
     
  15. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    i don't like any motherboard that have CPU or mobo power connector right in the middle of the board.

    also, ECS? Electronics and Computer Science in Southampton Uni?
     
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