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Gigabyte Invitational Editor's Day 2009 - Lynnfield / P55
Date: Aug 20, 2009
Author: Mathew Miranda
Gigabyte Invitational Press Day

As details of upcoming Lynnfield processors and P55 chipset-based motherboards hit the scene, there is a growing buzz within the industry about the effects of bringing Nehalem down into the mainstream market segments. While X58 and Core i7 performance dominates, complete system pricing has kept some average consumers looking to upgrade wistfully on the fence. That roadblock will likely be cleared by P55 as the companies involved eagerly expect to see widespread adoption of the high performing and relatively affordable platform.  

On August 18, 2009, Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, California was host to Gigabyte's Invitational Press Day. The affair promised to provide an informative look at Intel's Lynnfield processor, along with the P55 platform. Representatives from Gigabyte, Intel, and Kingston were available to provide demonstrations and answer questions on their upcoming technology and product line-ups.     

Gigabyte's high end P55 motherboard

Gigabyte Invitational Press Day 2009
Featured Speakers

Tony Liao - Gigabyte Vice President
Greeting speech

Dan Snyder - Intel PR Manager
Intel Keynote: Lynnfield technology

Mark Tekunoff - Kingston Senior Product Manager
P55 memory performance demonstration

Francois Piednoel - Intel Senior Performance Analyst
Lynnfield demonstration and Turbo technology

Colin Brix - Gigabyte Technical Marketing Manager
Smart 6 demonstration and motherboard line up

Charles Wirth - Xtremesystems.org Owner
P55 overclocking demonstration

After a brief greeting and introduction by the Vice President of Gigabyte, Tony Liao, we got right into the important details as keynote speaker, Francois Piednoel of Intel, covered Lynnfield technology and its performance benefits. Francois spent some time explaining the advantages of the new platform as well as Lynnfield's Turbo feature. Basically, Intel has refined their Turbo mode technology to provide even more performance for threaded applications and he explained  how consumers will benefit from these advancements. A new application was also demoed in order to show CPU clock variation in real time, which allows users to monitor Turbo technology at work. The tool is called TMonitor and is available to download for free right here. We aren't allowed to steal the thunder of the upcoming Lynnfield reviews by talking about specific numbers but the performance increases over Core 2 looked impressive and the energy savings will likely be a major selling point too.

New Products

Gigabyte P55 Mainstream Motherboards
CPU Socket LGA 1156




P55 Motherboard Models:



In all, Gigabyte plans to put eleven P55 motherboards on the market. You read that right, eleven different models including two micro-ATX sized boards to make up for the fact that they decided not to make a small form factor X58 product. The most exciting model for enthusiasts will probably be the P55-UD6 which has three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, 24 phase power, DDR3-2200 compatibility, and six DIMM slots. It is still a dual channel configuration, but the capability to allow for six memory sockets has been added. 

Colin Brix, Gigabyte's Technical Marketing Manager, spoke extensively about the new features found on their new P55 motherboards. For example, the 24 phase power VRM design should provide increased overclocking ability and lower operating temperatures under load. In addition, he introduced the Smart 6 PC system management utilities that should make performance tweaking easier for less savvy users and enthusiasts alike. Smart 6 consists of Dual BIOS, QuickBoot, QuickBoost, Recovery, Recorder, and TimeLock. We also saw how Gigabyte's Smart TPM data protection worked via USB drive or Bluetooth enabled cellphone. It will definitely be interesting to see the benefits of all the features found these boards play out once the platform is officially launched.    

Kingston HyperX DDR3-2133 Memory
Enthusiast dual channel kit

With the launch of Intel's new platform, expect to see memory speeds increase while latencies tighten. Kingston's Mark Tunkenoff was there to show us their dual channel DDR3-2133MHz HyperX kit which will be widely available at launch. The enthusiast memory features XMP and should be nice and fast right out of the box, but will also pack some overclocking headroom for those who are willing to push the limits of their systems. 

Speaking of pushing limits, Charles Wirth of Xtremesystems.org spoke briefly about the P55 platform from the overclocking perspective and showed us some impressive achievements. Unfortunately, we can't share the specific numbers just yet, but enthusiasts should be very excited about the P55 as it could potentially offer even higher overclocks (CPU frequency, bclk, memory speed) than any other Intel platform currently available.

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