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Written by Bruce Normann   
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard
Intel Lynnfield LGA1156 CPU
Intel P55 Express Chipset
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Features
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Specifications
Closer Look: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Detailed Features
ASUS BIOS and Overclocking
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST Benchmark Results
PCMark Vantage Test Results
CINEBENCH 11.5 Benchmark
Passmark Performance Test Benchmark
Crysis Test Results
Aliens vs. Predator Test Results
Final Thoughts
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Conclusion

Intel Lynnfield LGA1156 CPU

Core is Intel's latest generation of dynamically scalable microarchitectures. The Intel Core i5 processor is based on the same energy-efficient processor core as the Intel Core i7 processor, but is designed for mainstream computing.

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Formerly codenamed "Lynnfield," the new Intel Core i5 chips are based on Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture and are designed for mainstream consumers. All LGA1156-socket processors are lead-and-halogen-free and feature Intel's exclusive Turbo Boost Technology. Intel Core i7 processors also support Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, which duplicates cores and thereby turns a four-core processor into a virtual eight-core unit.

The new Core i7 and i5 processors are the first Intel processors to integrate both a 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics port and two-channel memory controller, enabling all input/output and manageability functions to be handled by the single-chip Intel P55 Express Chipset. A new Direct Media Interface (DMI) connects between the processor and chipset.

For more information on Intel's new LGA1156 Core i5 and i7 series, please visit our Featured Reviews: Processors section which includes comprehensive articles on the Intel Core i5-750 Processor BX80605I5750 and Intel Core i7-870 Processor BX80605I7870.

Intel Core i5 Features

Quad-Core Processing
Provides four complete execution cores in a single processor package. Four dedicated physical threads help operating systems and applications deliver additional performance, so users can experience better multitasking and multithreaded performance across many types of applications and workloads.

Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom when operating below specified limits. Get more performance automatically, when you need it the most.

8 MB Intel Smart Cache
This large last-level cache enables dynamic and efficient allocation of shared cache to all four cores to match the needs of various applications for ultra-efficient data storage and manipulation.

Integrated Memory Controller
An integrated memory controller offers stunning memory read/write performance through efficient prefetching algorithms, lower latency, and higher memory bandwidth making the Intel Core i5 processor ideal for data intensive applications.

Intel HD Boost
Includes the full SSE4 instruction set, significantly improving a broad range of multimedia and compute-intensive applications. The 128-bit SSE instructions are issued at a throughput rate of one per clock cycle, allowing a new level of processing efficiency with SSE4-optimized applications.



 

Comments 

 
# Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 06:40
Great review, thank you.

I'm a little confused by the choice of ASUS p7p55d-e motherboards: standard, lx, pro, evo, deluxe, premium.

Is there is real reason to choose the deluxe version over the pro version reviewed above (I'm not an overclocker, so not sure if all the power lanes will make a difference, and the only other differences I see are the variety of audio ports and an extra LAN port)?

Thanks for any advice.
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# RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?Olin Coles 2010-08-04 06:43
I agree... the product line seems to get spread a bit thin.

If you're not overclocking, then search for the best price to fit your needs. All P55 motherboards, regardless of manufacturer, will produce roughly identical performance results (minus OC). Just make sure that it has the extra features you might need down the road.
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# RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 07:16
Thanks for the advice, I'm conscious of the fact that perhaps a couple of years on I may need something that I didn't buy into initially, just to save some money at the time.

Putting it another way, is there a disadvantage of the Deluxe over, say, the Pro version (e.g. power consumption), apart from the price?
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# RE: RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?Olin Coles 2010-08-04 07:18
Power consumption is too close to declare any substantial difference. The biggest differences are in the features: heatpipe cooling, overclocking tools, additional NIC, ports, etc.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Which p7p55d-e motherboard?David Joyce 2010-08-04 07:35
Thank you for your quick respones - I didn't see the extra cooling features of the Deluxe version, so that is a nice bonus.
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# Minor differencesBruce Normann 2010-08-04 07:43
Audio CODEC (VIA VT2020) has more features.
Dual LAN Controllers with "Teaming" feature.
TurboV remote control included with Deluxe.
16+3 PWM phases v. 12+2.

If you're not overclocking, and you don't need the two extra audio channels and you don't need dual NICs, then don't spend the extra money. I don't see any of the included features helping to future-proof your system. The USB 3.0 and the SATA 6Gb/s are the keys for that, and both boards have that.
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# RE: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MotherboardMACK 2011-05-18 10:15
Amazing review. Good to see the AMD board in comparison.
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