We definitely can't complain about not getting to see upcoming P55 motherboards ahead of the Lynnfield launch. So far, we've managed to sneak peeks at the P7P55D Deluxe and P7P55D Premium from Asus, the GA-EP55-UD4P and GA-P55M-UD4 from Gigabyte, and the P55-GD65 from MSI.
We've gotten images showing yet another up-and-comer: Asus' Maximus III Gene. Much like Gigabyte's GA-P55M-UD4, this model combines a diminutive microATX form factor with two strategically placed PCI Express x16 slots, giving users the option to build a mean quad-core, dual-GPU rig.
In fact, both boards have the exact same expansion slot layout—and neither one will let you stick in another card if your two GPUs have dual-slot coolers. No big surprise there.
A glance at the port cluster reveals striking similarities, too: FireWire, external Serial ATA, and nine USB ports on both. The Asus board adds two buttons for CMOS clearing and another feature we can't quite make out, too.
The Maximus III Gene and other P55 boards should start hitting stores next month. Some of them have already done so, actually.