In just over a month Intel will launch its first Lynnfield processors. The coming of these processors also brings along the new socket LGA-1156 and the matching P55 chipset. ASRock has announced its first four motherboards featuring this chipset: the P55 Deluxe, P55 Extreme, P55 Pro and the P55M Pro motherboard. The last model is an m-ATX sized one, while the remaining three are of the ATX form factor. The P55 Deluxe motherboard is the most luxurious version; it features a 16-phase power design for the CPU, four DDR3 memory slots that support frequencies of up to 2600 MHz and it has three PCI-e 16x slots.
The P55 Extreme uses an 8-phase power design and has physical reset, CMOS and power buttons on the motherboard. This board also comes iwth the ALC890 audiochip that supports DTS and Blu-ray audio formats. The P55 Pro is basically the P55 Extreme, only then without a third PCI-e 16x slot. The P55M Pro is obviously the most compact-sized model of the bunch and will feature specifications as such: the maximum supported memory frequency is specified at 2400 MHz. The motherboard odes however feature four DDR3 memory slots and two PCI-e 16x slots. The ALC890 audiochip is not present on the board and the physical CMOS, reset and power buttons have also been left out.
All four motherboards are Windows 7-certified. Recommended prices are still unknown.