|Gigabyte GA-P-55-UD5 Core i5 preview|
|Written by Tweak.dk|
|Thursday, 30 July 2009|
Gigabyte GA-P-55-UD5 Core i5 preview
In this little sneak preview, we're checking out the upcoming P-55-UD5 motherboard from Gigabyte. The board is said to be one of the better choices in the P-55 class and is meant for the Intel i5 CPU's, who uses the Lynfield architecture and therefore can't be used with the existing X58 motherboards for Intel i7 CPU's. This is because of a new socket type, named LGA 1156, and as the name states it has less pins available than the socket used for Intel i7 CPU's, meaning that the performance will never reach the i7's that have more memory bandwidth.
Some specifications for the i5 CPU's are available, but there isn't much information out there yet. However we do know that the i5's will have 4 cores, supporting Hyper-Threading. Also, the i5's and the P-55 motherboards will feature dual channel memory instead of triple channel, decreasing the memory bandwidth compared to the "big brother kit" you get with an i7 CPU and an X58 motherboard. The memory frequencies will be DDR3-1066 and DDR3-1333 at standard CPU frequency. A boost in memory frequency will require you to overclock the CPU as well. Finally, the CPU's will have 8MB of L3 cache and support Intels Turboboost technology.
At first, 3 versions of the i5 CPU will be released, running at a frequency of 2.66GHz, 2.80GHz or 2.93GHz. Prices are set at $196, $284 and $562. We expect the i5's to hit the Danish market in Q3 2009, but it might be delayed to November Q4 if Intel or the motherboard manufacturers run into problems with the new architecture.
According to Intel, the upcoming Havendale CPU will be supporting the P-55 chipset and LGA 1156 socket as well. This CPU will feature a built-in graphics chip, sparing the user the hassle and extra money to buy a dedicated graphics card. Furthermore this graphics chip should be much more powerful than the existing onboard graphics solutions, which is a technology that is likely to disappear. Graphics performance is unknown at the moment, but rumor has it that it will be in the GTX 280 range, which is very impressive. Tweak.dk