With the launch of the H55 and H57 chipsets, Intelís focus on the mainstream market has been focused on the integration of integrated graphics on the CPU. One issue with the H55 chipset and Allendale combination is the limited number of PCI Express lanes available due to them being on the Allendale CPU and not the Northbridge on earlier chipsets.
The P55 chipset is still relevant to many people as not every Core CPU has integrated graphics, and most enthusiasts will not want to use the GMA HD graphics in any event. If you want to build a system with the integrated graphics take the H57 chipset which is functionally the same as a P55 except it offers support for the new integrated graphics chip and does not have the option of splitting the PCI Express graphics lanes into two x8 as on that chipset. Today, Iím reviewing the GIGABYTE P55A-UD7 which is the high end of their lineup with support for USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 and much more.