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Evga P55 FTW: Pictures of the black LGA 1156 motherboard

The P55 FTW from Evga is intended for overclockers. Now new pictures of the black high-end motherboard have been published.
EVGA P55 FTW (6)
EVGA P55 FTW (6) [Source: view picture gallery]
Apparently the Evga P55 FTW will hit the markets within the next 30 days. The black motherboard has a socket LGA 1156 and is intended for overclocking purposes. Therefore Evga equips the high-end board with a 17 phase power supply (12 phases CPU, 2 phases VTT and 3 phases memory). Three PCI express x16 slots top off the important technical features. Support for CrossfireX and SLI are included, too.

Taking a closer look at the pictures reveals that, besides the holes for the socket LGA 1156 there are also holes for the LGA 775 on the Evga P55 FTW. Thus it might be possible to use coolers that are compatible to the older design only. The motherboard furthermore offers a Triple BIOS, dual gigabit LAN, debug LED, onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons, six SATA ports, two E-SATA ports and 7.1 HD audio.

Pictures of the board can be found in the gallery below. The Evga P55 FTW is supposed to cost about 250 USD on its market introduction.

Picture gallery  (enlarge to view source)

Author: Andreas Link (Aug 11, 2009)


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Ar.Pi Re: Evga P55 FTW: Pictures of the black LGA 1156 motherboard
Senior Member
16.08.2009 07:43
Dual SLI/Crossfire is overkill as it is.

I know that for dual GPU X16/X8 is not much different than full X16. Well, triple don't scale great anyway.
ruyven_macaran Re: Evga P55 FTW: Pictures of the black LGA 1156 motherboard
Super Moderator
12.08.2009 14:33
It is impossible, to get true 16/16/something on the LGA1156-plattform.
The CPU offers DMI (which is acutally a modified x4) and a splitable PEG. So you are stuck with x8/x8/x4 and you can't change it, because you can't change the cpu without changing the plattform. Which is acutally, what you should do, if you are aiming for tiple-SLI: LGA1156 is budget to mainstream, so single-GPU, dual-GPU at the most. If you want enthusiast, then you have to buy enthusiast, meaning LGA1366 and X58.
On P5x, you could only try to dublicate some of the x8/x8/x4-lanes with e.g. NF200-PCI-E-switches (and some manufacturers will), but in the end this will only give you the same setup, as on an x2/gx2-series or GTX295 card with two gpus ultimatly accessing only one full PEG, while single-gpu gets the drawback of slightly increased latency. (see X58 mainboards, that pretend to offer more then 2 full x16-slots)
Yapa Re: Evga P55 FTW: Pictures of the black LGA 1156 m...
Senior Member
12.08.2009 07:31
FTW or for the lose?

Looking at the PCI-E slots... it says:

PCIE 16x/8x -1
PCIE 4x -2
PCIE 8x -3

So what we have here is really a crippled SLI / Crossfire Motherboard?

If you run two cards in SLI you are limited to only 8x PCIE... and if you run 3 then one of the cards is running at only 4x which would limit it a lot!

I liked it but now dont.... from what I've seen its quite hard to get a decent 16x 16x 8x motherboard on the new chipsets... and even harder to get true TRI-SLI 16x,16x,16x !


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