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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

Motherboard Testing Methodology

I've done much of my benchmarking recently with an AMD platform. The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard features the AMD 790FX Northbridge and offers 42 available PCI-e lanes. Obviously, CrossFireX configurations are easily supported with this many lanes of interconnect. The Phenom II architecture also features an integrated memory controller, which has consistently benefitted the AMD platform in the last several years. So, it might seem like an odd choice for comparison, but it's a well established baseline for me and allows me to spot performance differences easily, and with precision.

Test Systems

Intel LGA 1156 System

AMD AM3 System

Benchmark Applications

  • Lavalys EVEREST Ultimate Edition v5.50
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage 64-Bit
  • Maxon CINEBENCH 11.5 64-Bit
  • Passmark Performance Test v7.0 (1011) 64 Bit
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark v1.03 (Very High Settings, 0x and 4x Anti-Aliasing)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (Texture Q-Very High, Shadow Q-High, HW Tessellation & Advanced Shadow Sampling-ON, MSAA-0 & 4x, AF-16x, SSAO-ON)

I took the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro motherboard to two different levels of stable overclock for these tests. The first, at 3.6 GHz (200 MHz BCLK x 18) I got easily without raising the CPU voltage from the default value. I then raised the voltage just a bit to 1.30 VDC, and changed the CPU multiplier to 20 for a 4.0GHz overclock. The memory speeds available depended on the base clock speed, and with a 200 MHz BCLK, I was able to keep the memory precisely at its rated 1600MHz speed. Memory timings were kept at their default XMP settings of 7-8-7-24 for all tests. Don't be fooled by the reference to QPI in the CPU-Z display, it's actually the DMI interface that's being reported.



# 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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