New Asus P55 mobo has military-grade caps

Asus has come up with a new motherboard to woo gamers looking to build that perfect Lynnfield system. The Sabertooth 55i plays host to Core i5 and i7-800 processors, and like many of its high-end brethren, it has two PCI Express 2.0 graphics slots with support for SLI and CrossFire multi-GPU setups.

Unlike those boards, however, the Sabertooth 55i features "military-certified capacitors and MOSFETs," a frame for 40- or 50-mm fans to cool the memory, and CeraM!X heatsinks that replace "traditional anti-oxidant compounds with advanced ceramics-based composition." The heatsinks have a rough texture with little bumps and grooves that increases their total surface area and should help with heat dissipation.

Other features include four DDR3 memory slots, three PCIe x1 slots, eight internal SATA ports, one external SATA connection, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, and a Via VT2020 audio codec. Asus also chucks in 12-phase CPU power, an "efficient switching power design," and a wealth of little hardware and software additions. You can learn about all of them on the official product page.

Asus says the Sabertooth 55i is already available at authorized resellers, and it quotes a suggested retail price of $219.

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