|Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009|
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Testing motherboards is one of the most difficult tasks I've had as a product analyst. There are several different methods to compare one product to another, but even when you try to measure one against another the features don't always stack up. Since processor compatibility changes across platforms, it's difficult to compare motherboards in an "apples-to-apples" fashion. Still, we try.
Unless otherwise noted, exclusive P55 vs X58 comparisons use system memory configured to operate at 1333MHz with CL 7-7-7-20 timings. These are the specified memory speeds supported by the chipset, according to Intel. No overclock was given to any of the hardware, and BIOS settings were matched as closely as possible.
At the start of all graphics tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish display adapter settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. To compare and contrast CPU- and GPU-dependency, Benchmark Reviews conducts testing at both the lowest- and highest-possible resolutions. Low display resolutions create a dependency on CPU performance, while high display resolutions place the load on GPU power.
Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. Each test is completed five times, with the highest and lowest scored removed. The average results of the three remaining tests are displayed in our article.
Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, our battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Even though Benchmark Reviews has begun to switch over test platforms and begin using the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, which is the O/S used for all of these tests.
Gigabyte P55 Test System
Gigabyte X58 Test System
Intel X58 Test System
Gigabyte X48 Test System
Gigabyte P45 Test System