ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard E-mail
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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

Passmark Performance Test Benchmark

PassMark PerformanceTest is a PC hardware benchmark utility that allows a user to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard 'baseline' computer systems.
The Passmark Performance Memory Test looks at a variety of memory functions:

  • Allocate Small Block
  • Read Cached Memory
  • Read Un-Cached Memory
  • Write Memory
  • Large RAM

It then calculates an overall performance number for Memory Marks. Unlike the Everest memory benchmarks, this test uses all available CPU cores. At similar clock speeds the Intel i5 beats the AMD 720BE by more than 35%. Even at it's base speed of 2.66 GHz, it has a 19% edge.

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The CPU tests benchmark all the mathematical operations, compression, encryption, SSE, and 3DNow! instructions of modern processors. There are several areas of concentration for each benchmark, which are then combined into one compound score. This score is referred to as the CPU Mark, and is a composite of the following tests:

  • Integer Math
  • Floating Point Math
  • Find Prime Numbers
  • SSE/3DNow!
  • Compression
  • Encryption
  • Image Rotation
  • String Sorting

The CPU test shows a 62% performance gain for the P7P55D-E Pro at similar CPU clock speeds, but that gets narrowed down to a little over 20% if you factor out the difference in the number of cores. There's little doubt about the power of this platform, especially in CPU-bound applications or where memory performance has an impact. In a number of cases it surpasses the top-level X58 platform, except in the important area of PCI-e connectivity.

Let's take a look at two gaming benchmarks to see how well this CPU performance translated in the graphical world.



 

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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