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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Intel P55 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Intel P55 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD5 socket-1156 motherboard is an enthusiast grade Intel P55 Express platform with a ton of extra features packed into it. Along with the obvious support of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 800-series socket 1156 processors, the GA-P55-UD5 board features three physical PCI Express x16 2.0 slots that support both ATI Crossfire and NVIDIA SLI.
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Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 29 2010   Julian Apong  
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System Power Draw and Test System Specs

Energy efficient computers are a good thing, so it helps to know how power efficient, or power hungry different parts of a computer are when stressed with different tasks. Since it is very difficult to isolate a videocard or CPU and measure power draw separately, PCSTATS measures total system power draw with the aid of an Extech 380803 AC Power Analyzer and A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W power supply. The meter is placed between the 120V AC outlet and the PC power supply.

Total System Power Draw
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5

Processor & Graphics Solution

Idle CPU Loaded

Intel Core i5 750
nVidia Geforce GTS250
(Discrete Graphics)

119W 171W
(At desktop) (via Prime95)

By stressing the test platform's graphics solution or processor, it's then possible to measure power draw relative to the PC at an idle state. The test system is measured at Idle (Windows desktop), Graphics Loaded (3Dmark06) and CPU Loaded (Prime 95) states.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSystem Power Draw Tests: (PCPower 750W PSU)
Desktop Idle (W) Points Ranking
MSI X58 Platinum (X58 133/1066) 145
MSI Eclipse Plus (X58 133/1066) 157
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 (P55 133/1333) 130
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 (P55 133/1333) 124
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 (P55 133/1333) 119
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P (P55 133/1333) 130
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (P55 133/1333) 117
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe (P55 133/1333) 125
ASUS P7P55D Premium (P55 133/1333) 120
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (790FX 200/1066) 149
MSI 785GM-E65 (785G 200/1066) 137
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (785G 200/1066) 145
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (785G 200/1066) 167
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (785G 200/1066) 160
Prime95 Stressed (W) Points Ranking
MSI X58 Platinum (X58 133/1066) 217
MSI Eclipse Plus (X58 133/1066) 225
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 (P55 133/1333) 184
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 (P55 133/1333) 175
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 (P55 133/1333) 171
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P (P55 133/1333) 178
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (P55 133/1333) 169
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe (P55 133/1333) 175
ASUS P7P55D Premium (P55 133/1333) 184
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (790FX 200/1066) 221
MSI 785GM-E65 (785G 200/1066) 204
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (785G 200/1066) 201
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (785G 200/1066) 254
Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H (785G 200/1066) 260

Power draw is very similar to what PCSTATS has seen from other Intel P55 Express motherboards. With a discrete graphics card added in and the Core i5 750 processor under full load, the entire system stayed well under a 180W.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P55 Express based motherboard is to be compared against.

Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System - Intel Core i5 Reference System - AMD Phenom II X4 Reference System - Intel Core i7
Processor:

Intel Core i5 750
(45nm)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
(45nm)

Intel Core i7 920
(45nm)
Clock Speed: 20 x 133 MHz = 2.66 GHz 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA1156 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard:

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6* (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P* (P55 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R (P55 Express)
ASUS P7P55D Premium* (P55 Express)
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe (P55 Express)

Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P (AMD 790FX)
Gigabyte
GA-MA785G-UD3H (AMD 785G)
Gigabyte
GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (AMD 785G)
MSI
785GM-E65 (AMD 785G)
ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo (AMD 785G)
MSI Eclipse Plus (X58 Express)
MSI X58 Platinum (X58 Express)
Videocard:

ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)

Memory:

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066 DDR3-1066

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*2TB Segate Barracuda XT (6GB/s SATA III) for Marvell 9128 Compliant boards

Optical Drive:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply:

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink:

Intel Reference 1156 Heatsink

Athlon64 K8 Reference Heatsink Intel Reference 1366 Heatsink
Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel 9.1.1.1019
nVIDIA Forceware 190.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.1.0.1012
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks:
System Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2007
PCMark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2009

Gaming B/M:
3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
FEAR

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 Intel P55 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Gigabyte Smart 6 - Software Bundle
 Pg 3.  Intel P55 Lynnfield System Architecture
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the BCLK, BIOS screenshots
 Pg 6.  — System Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 12.  Gigabyte's Mainstream P55 Express Platform - Worth it?

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