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ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review

ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASUS P7P55D Premium is a good representation of overclocking tools, power saving features and tweaks: TurboV Evo, Hybrid Phase, ExpressGate, MemOK, EPU, Fan Xpert and Stack Cool 3+ in moment. Gamers can install two videocards in the board's twin PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard slots.
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Overclocking and BIOS Highlights

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 133MHz

200 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Overclocking methodologies change along with CPU architectures, but this time around the good old Front Side Bus is nowhere to be seen, replaced by a similar number called BCLK - base clock. Architectural CPU changes bring about new challenges, new possibilities and of course, new overclocking potential!

Before the Intel Core i5 750 overclocking commenced, PCSTATS installed two sticks of 2GB DDR3 RAM into the ASUS P7P55D Premium motherboard. High quality, low latency memory is the cornerstone of any successful overclocking attempt.

The DDR3 memory was set to run in DDR3-800 MHz mode so as not to hold the CPU back. All CPU speed throttling options were disabled in the P7P55D Premium BIOS, including C1E state, and Speedstep/EIST. The standard Intel reference socket 1156 heatsink was used for cooling.


Ready to overclock an Intel Core i5 processor (socket 1156)

We adjusted the Core i5 750's CPU multiplier from 20x down to 12x, the base clock was then slowly increased from 133MHz towards 200 MHz. The P7P55D Premium motherboard's BCLK was successfully raised in 15 MHz increments.

How far did we actually get?

Well, PCSTATS was able to raise the P7P55D Premium BCLK from its native 133MHz speed up to 200MHz without any problems, but anything higher resulted in stability issues. An overclock like this is good, but not the best result PCSTATS has squeezed from the Core i5 750 processor without resorting to any voltage tweaks... so in the end results are somewhat mixed.

ASUS P7P55D Premium BIOS Highlights:

ASUS' AI overclocking features cover everything you would expect for an enthusiast motherboard. Most importantly is that it has a full range of voltage options that can be used to tune the Intel PCH, the CPU or the DDR3 memory.

DRAM timings are also extensive, and in a nice move the system's current RAM settings are listed automatically, instead of requiring the user to memorize or guess what RAM timings were set previously.

Just how much power does the ASUS P7P55D Premium draw? Let's find out, then it's onto the full benchmark set.

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Contents of Article: ASUS P7P55D Premium
 Pg 1.  ASUS P7P55D Premium Intel P55 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ASUS Q-DIMM Memory Slots
 Pg 3.  Detailed View of the Motherboard
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking and BIOS Highlights
 Pg 5.  Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 12.  Conclusions - To buy or not to buy?

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