GIGABYTE announces new P55A series motherboards

GIGABYTE announces new P55A series motherboards

GIGABYTE announced their latest P55A-series of motherboards that feature GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration. This thrilling trio of technologies includes USB 3.0, Serial-ATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) and a 3x boost in USB power, and redefines the highly successful P55 platform.

“GIGABYTE is excited to be able to introduce our latest 333 onboard acceleration technologies on our market leading P55 platform,” commented Tony Liao, Associate Vice President of Marketing at GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. “Through close cooperation with several industry leaders including NEC Electronics Corporation, Marvell, and Seagate, GIGABYTE is able to provide our customers with several next generation data transfer and storage technologies that will have a far reaching impact on how people interact with their digital media for many years to come.”

The GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards were designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the world’s first USB 3.0 logo certified host controller uPD720200 from NEC Electronics, the P55A-series allows users to take advantage of super fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0.

“We are confident that GIGABYTE’s choice of NEC Electronics’ USB 3.0 controller is a testament to their commitment to quality and performance,” said Masao Hirasawa, general manager of the SoC Systems Division at NEC Electronics Corporation. “We fully expect SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to quickly pick up traction as the industry’s foremost high-speed plug and play interface, thereby adding significant value to GIGABYTE’s motherboards in the PC DIY upgrade market.”

Utilizing the industry’s first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution, the Marvell® 88SE9128 controller, GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards offer support for next generation high speed data storage devices with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps. Coupled with RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, SATA Revision 3.0 enables a data transfer boost of up to 4x the speed of SATA Revision 2.0.

“Marvell is pleased that GIGABYTE has chosen our Marvell SmartTM SATA 6 Gbps technology for the P55A-series of motherboards,” said Alan Armstrong, Vice President of Marketing for the Storage Business Group at Marvell Semiconductor. “Today’s digital consumers have an insatiable need for storage – whether it is for images, video, music or other multimedia files. GIGABYTE is consistently regarded as an industry leader when it comes to fulfilling those consumer needs while leading the market in integrating the latest technologies onto motherboard products.”

"Seagate is pleased to be working with GIGABYTE to help satisfy the world's demand for faster systems as users generate more bandwidth-hungry content," said Dave Mosley, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Seagate. "The recent introduction of Seagate Barracuda® XT, the industry's first hard drive to support the new SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, and today's announcement of the GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards mark the beginning of the shift to the next generation of computing speed as Seagate teams with leaders like GIGABYTE to double the storage bandwidth of desktop computers."

In addition, GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. All USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices.

Supporting the latest Intel® Core™ i7 and Core™i5 processors for the LGA 1156 socket, GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards set a new standard in high performance computing. With the memory controller integrated directly into the processor die, GIGABYTE P55A motherboards support 2 channel DDR3 memory for blazing fast memory performance up to 2200MHz and above. GIGABYTE’s memory performance on the P55 platform currently holds the world record for the highest memory frequency of 3459.6 MHz from the GA-P55-UD6 motherboard.

The GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE P55A motherboards are Marvell’s new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps). When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE P55A series motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.

GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

  1. Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor in the LGA1156 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
  1. Intel® P55 Express Chipset
  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
* Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.
  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  6. Support for CD In
  1. 2 x RTL8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  2. Support for Teaming
  3. Support Smart Dual LAN
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  3. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
  4. 2 x PCI slots
* When set Turbo SATA3 / USB3.0 (Marvell 9128 /NEC USB 3.0 Controller) to enable in BIOS setup, 1st PCIex16 slot will run at x8 bandwidth and 2nd PCIex16 slot will be disabled.
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology
Storage InterfaceChipset:
  1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Marvell 9128 chip:
  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA2_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0
JMB362 SATA2 chip:
  1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
iTE IT8213 chip:
  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
iTE IT8720 chip:
  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
  1. Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
NEC chip:
  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
IEEE 1394
  1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  2. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Link: Gigabyte

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