7-Way Intel P55 Motherboard Round-Up

By on November 17, 2009, 5:38 PM
One year after its introduction, Intel Core i7 processors remain unchallenged in the high-end desktop segment. However with the recent introduction of the Core i5 and the LGA1156 platform, all of a sudden we no longer feel the need to stretch out the budget and look into buying a Core i7 920 one way or the other.

So, should you decide to go with the Core i5 750 processor, the next and possibly most difficult choice is which motherboard to purchase. Already there are over 40 possible motherboard options to choose from and today we'll be taking a look at quite a few of the better examples.

Our round-up comprises products from the likes of Asrock, Asus, DFI, ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI. In total we have 7 motherboards ranging in price from $120 to $250, so there should be something for everyone.

Read the complete round-up.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Very impressive and detailed round-up. Thanks!

Timonius Timonius said:

Great article. Very informative. Now I have way too much information to make a choice if i decide to pick a p55 motherboard for my next computer

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

great review gang thanks!

Guest said:

your rev saved my day, a lot of money and time, thanks!!!


swing82 swing82 said:

Very good review.

One of your comments at the end concerned a crazy power phase. On the Gigabyte you said "a crazy 24 + 3 power phase design". I understood that statement as, over the top, or something like that.

As you know, what the 24 + 3 power phase design will do is prolong the life of components when the CPU is highly overclocked, however, you failed to mention this. Probably an oversight.

The biggest problem with the Gigabyte board is cost. I wish they would design a much less expensive board yet retain a high power phase count. However, if someone is not going to overclock or use a small overclock, any of the less expensive motherboards reviewed, or sold by the manufacturers in the review, should do for long life.

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