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Intel DP55KG Extreme Series P55 Motherboard
Benchmark Reviews had the opportunity to review and launch two new Lynnfield processors from Intel: the Core i5-750 and the Core i7-870. While these were the stars of the launch, it wouldn't be a complete platform without the motherboard. Released in parallel with the two processors, is the Intel P55 Express Chipset. In this review, we'll examine the new chipset in detail and take a closer look at Intel's flagship DP55KG Extreme Series Motherboard.
While the P55 chipset is brand new, motherboards manufacturers have had access to it for months and already have several models on the market. Benchmark Reviews will be testing a few of these in the coming weeks. However, for this review, we decided to take a different approach and compare platforms. In keeping with Lynnfield's mainstream theme, we'll be putting the DP55KG up against Intel's P45 Express chipset and AMD's 790 series chipset. All three have their respective merits and should prove to be an interesting match-up.
To keep things as fair as possible, we decided to test each platform with similarly priced hardware. For the P45 chipset, we went with the Core 2 Quad Q9450 and the ASUS P5Q3 motherboard. On the AMD side, we chose the Phenom II X4 955 BE and an ASUS M4A79T motherboard. And for our Intel DP55KG, we brought in the Core i5-750. Beyond the motherboard and processor, all three systems use the same reference hardware. Before we get to the benchmarks, though, let's take a closer look at the new P55 chipset and some of the features of Intel's DP55KG motherboard.
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