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Written by Mathew Williams   
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DP55KG Extreme Series P55 Motherboard
Intel P55 Chipset Features
DP55KG Specifications
Closer Look: P55 Chipset
DP55KG Detailed Features
Testing and Results
PCMark05 Benchmark Suite
3DMark06 Benchmark Suite
Crysis Gaming Tests
DP55KG Power Consumption
P55 Chipset Final Thoughts
Intel DP55KG Conclusion

Intel P55 Chipset Features

Desktop PC platforms based on the Intel P55 Express Chipset, combined with the Intel Core i7-800 and Core i5-700 processor series, create intelligent performance for faster multi-tasking, digital media creation and gaming.

The Intel P55 Express Chipset
The Intel P55 Express Chipset continues to push innovation with a new architecture designed to deliver the quality and performance needed for faster multitasking, digital media creation, and gaming. The Intel P55 Express Chipset achieves incredible performance by supporting the latest Intel Core i7-800 and Core i5-700 processors, the latest Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU), and industryleading I/O technologies.

Revolutionary Single-Chip Architecture with Enhanced Chipset Capabilities.
The Intel P55 Express Chipset introduces a new generation of chipsets with a single chip replacing the traditional two-chip approach. The repartition of the processor and chipset into two devices enables performance and system improvements over previous generations.

  • PC platforms based on the Intel P55 Express Chipset use up to 50 percent less power than the previous-generation platforms.
  • Smaller form factors are possible, because the Intel P55 Express Chipset footprint is 65 percent smaller than the previousgeneration platforms.
  • The Intel P55 Express Chipset provides expanded I/O device ports for advanced usage models, to take advantage of modern peripheral devices.

Intel Matrix Storage Technology (MST)

  • When using one or multiple hard drives, users can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. When using more than one drive, users have additional protection against data loss caused by hard drive failures.
  • Valuable digital memories are protected against a hard drive failure when the system is configured for any one of three fault-tolerant RAID levels: RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. By seamlessly storing copies of data on one or more additional hard drives, any hard drive can fail without data loss or system downtime. When the failed drive is removed and a replacement installed, data fault tolerance is easily restored.
  • Intel MST provides benefits to users with a single hard drive. Using Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), storage performance is improved through Native Command Queuing (NCQ).
  • Native support for external SATA ports (eSATA), combined with Intel MST, provides the flexibility to add an external drive for increased data storage with up to six times faster performance than USB* 2.0 or IEEE 1394 400.2 Support for eSATA also enables the full SATA interface speed of up to 3 Gb/s outside the chassis.

Intel Rapid Recovery Technology
With the ability to instantly boot from a clone hard drive, Intel Rapid Recovery Technology provides a fast, easy-to-use method for data recovery and return to operation. pr oduct brie f Intel P55 Express Chipset Performance and Mainstream Desktop

Intel High Definition Audio
Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.

Intel Management Engine Ignition Firmware support
Provides essential platform functionality such as clock maintenance and thermal reporting.

Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 provides greater performance enhancement with a design data rate of up to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) with up to 14 USB 2.0 ports.

USB 2.0 Rate Matching Hub
Enables lower power requirements and manages the transition of the communication data rate from the high speed of the host controller to the lower speed of USB full-speed /low-speed devices.

Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s
High-speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access with up to 6 SATA ports.

SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. Provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.

SATA Port Disable
Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. Provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.

USB Port Disable
Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. Provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.

PCI Express Interface
Offers up to 2.5 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports, configurable as x2 and x4 depending on motherboard designs.

Intel Integrated 10/100/1000 MAC
Support for the Intel 82578DC Gigabit Network Connection.

Green Technology
Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free component packages.



# Pricenimesh Mondal 2011-04-18 07:29
This motherboard is grate but cost is high.
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# RE: Intel DP55KG Extreme Series P55 MotherboardServerStation668 2013-05-20 16:26
Here are good benchmarks for the Dell T5600:
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