The P55 launch and LGA-1156 launch from Intel has totally redefined what the mainstream processor market is today. Intelís new chipset has moved the Northbridge functions onto the CPU, meaning that the cost to manufacture and market the new chip is less than if they had to manufacture a NB and a SB as in previous chipsets.
Weíve seen many motherboard manufacturers release boards on the new platform. ASRock was a spinoff of ASUS a few years ago and is now completely independent. They manufactured motherboards in the past with a unique feature such as an LGA-775 board with an AGP slot, or a AMD Socket 754 board with an add-on slot to support Socket 939 CPUs. Today they are more mainstream, bringing unique features to motherboards without the crazy features that they were known for in the past. They have launched three P55 chipset motherboards and today Iím reviewing the P55 Deluxe from ASRock.