P55 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, EVGA, GB, Intel, MSI - HotHardware

P55 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, EVGA, GB, Intel, MSI

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Some might say that there has never been a better time to be a PC enthusiast. Compelling new products fighting for our attention abound, as the computer hardware scene is bursting at the seams with upgrade options. For example, it wasn't long ago that AMD launched the world's first DX11 videocard and now the company features a full lineup of products at a wide variety of price points. NVIDIA's answer to the Radeon HD 5000 series has just arrived as well, and the battle for dominance in the graphics market is as fierce as ever. SSDs are also becoming increasingly more affordable, while the release of SATA 6Gbps opens the door to a new generation of faster drives. Equally important, huge 1TB hard drives can be purchased for less than $100, allowing us to backup and store copious amounts of data without breaking the bank.

No matter which of the aforementioned breakthroughs piques your interest, we all have specific reasons for choosing and buying one product over another. But during these difficult economic times, consumers need to be smarter than ever and demand more value for their money. PC hardware companies are left with the task of creating products that provide the performance we seek, while also offering compelling value.

Consequently, the demand for affordable, high performance computing components has brought about Intel's P55 chipset. Initially launched in September 2009, P55 based motherboards are attractive options for those looking to build a new, mainstream system. Its no secret that this platform was created in order to target mainstream consumers that balk at the high overall cost of a flagship X58-based system, but still want the features and performance of Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture. The demand for such products was so high that motherboard makers seemingly had no choice but to saturate the market with multiple P55-based boards that cater to almost every type of PC consumer.


We understand that shopping for a motherboard can be arduous and complicated. In particular, the mountain of choices available only adds to the challenge, especially when you analyze the different features of each board and various price points. Fret not system builder, HotHardware has recruited a small army of P55 motherboards in order to compare the features and performance of each.

P55 Motherboard Battle Royal
Let's Get It On!

  Asus P7P55D Deluxe
$220

EVGA P55 SLI
$180
  EVGA P55 Classified
 $340
  Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4
 $150
  Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P
 $180
  Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6
 $250
  Intel DP55WG
 $140
  MSI P55-GD65
 $160


Our round up features boards with a wide range of price points, from the affordable Intel DP55WG to the extravagant EVGA P55 Classified.  But they all sport Intel's P55 chipset platform with processors that feature integrated memory controllers, on-die PCIe 2.0 connectivity, enhanced Turbo Mode performance, dual channel memory, and plenty of expansion options. With motherboards, companies usually offer models at several price points in order to provide options to different types of consumers. This empowers buyers--like you--to make the optimal choice for your specific situation. So, let's take a closer look at each product to see what sets them apart from the rest of the pack.

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http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571156

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2847/7

It's often less than 1%, but I've seen some reviews with up to 7% on dual-GPU cards in crossfire.

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sp12:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=571156

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2847/7

It's often less than 1%, but I've seen some reviews with up to 7% on dual-GPU cards in crossfire.

 

Thanks for the links! So there is just a tiny gap. I guess it just comes down to the individual's budget and what they are looking for in a pc.

 

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RyuGTX:
it just comes down to the individual's budget and what they are looking for

Exactly,.............My latest P55 board wasn't tested here and I wonder how it would have stacked up to the others. I know it works well for me, and it's friendly with many types and brands of memory sticks. (not all P55 boards are)

It's just $109.00 and has a good feature set. It also will accommodate an LGA-775 CPU Cooler as well as the LGA-1156 CPU Coolers. I was able to utilize an extremely efficient older style LGA-775 Asetek VapoChill Micro cooler with my i5-750 CPU and it's working wonderfully.

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You could do some benchmarks and upload them here. The test setup should be pretty similar because you got the same cpu that they used. The RAM they used wasn't anything special. They did have a Velociraptor though. It would at least give us a ballpark figure to compare between higher-end motherboards and an ASRock for just a little over $100.

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I looked up that Vapochil cooler and it's outright impressive, I"m glad you were able to keep your old cooler.

What board was it exactly?


On another note, the i7-870 actually outperforms the 920 for less, which surprises me, but makes this system look even more attractive. I definitely feel that this is the best value bar AMD's upcoming Thubans.

Even then, Intel's new setup will be out early next year, but it's still an attractive platform.

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sp12:
What board was it exactly?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157171

It's an ASRock P55 Pro and yes, the Vapochill cooler is impressive.

 

 

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Dang Realneil,
 
looks like you have a pretty impressive setup there.
About the only thing different from the current contest computer would be the SSD and ATI's!

Did you win this one from HH?

Both make my pitiful Stock HP Core2duo/FProv3700, Look like a Yugo racing with Ferrari's :(

I was thinking about that board, I just haven't heard to much about ASRock? I was leaning towards Gigabite, EVGA or ASUS. Although I was leaning towards an AM3 MoBo. Because the first thing on the list is an Fire8700 or 8800. I just wish the I7's weren't so darn expensive, I do hear their turbo is good for rendering.

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animatortom:
Did you win this one from HH?

Yes, I won it here about three or four contests ago. (thanks again Hot-Hardware!) They keep giving away faster and better computers every time they have a contest on this site. Imagine what will be available in a years time!

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animatortom:
I just haven't heard to much about ASRock?

Owned and operated by ASUS, they incorporate many of the same features.

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animatortom:
I do hear their turbo is good for rendering

It's good for any and everything so far. A seriously pissed-off computer.

I always gravitated towards AMD based computers because that's what I could afford to buy. (I'm on a retirement income) But winning this, and then winning another Intel computer a few months later really changed everything for me here at home. Both machines are quite capable of playing all of my games without ANY problems at all. One of my sons is due back from the middle east next month and he says that he misses playing UT3 with me in the computer room since he's been gone. Now we'll both have better computers to play on.

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realneil:

 

Owned and operated by ASUS, they incorporate many of the same features.

 

I did not know that! I always thought ASRock was some small company putting out odd motherboards like the ones that support both DDR2 and DDR3.

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They advertise it pretty heavily online, but I feel that it'd be better if they just went by 'ASUS' to consolidate brand awareness.

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