Guyz....I am planning to get an i3 530 and an ATI Radeon 5850. Because of the unavailability of good Mobos and my budget constraints I will have to settle down with an Intel DP55WB. My question is can this Mobo bottleneck my 5850 or create any issue for my i3 530+5850 combo??
Your intel board will run the 530 as fast as any other P55 motherboard. It will be plenty to drive the 5850 for any game. Do check for compatibility with any ram you might pick; there have been some difficulties with high voltage ram.
"A funny thing is that motherboard's BIOS still has all the related overclocking settings. That's Intel's attitude for you. They provide you with all the features (because it doesn't cost them a dime), but they only support them properly in the Extreme series. Besides, Intel has limited CPU's and other voltage adjustment ranges, which results in certain issues. For example, if you have a Core i7 CPU, you may want to select the memory multiplier of 12 to get the frequency of 1600 MHz. But earlier motherboard firmwares only allowed 1.6 V memory voltages, while almost all PC3-12800 kits are designed for 1.65 V. With all the ensuing consequences. On the other hand, we've already confirmed that there is little sense in using high-speed memory with the LGA1156 platform. Besides, one should hardly expect that from buyers of inexpensive motherboard anyway.
Later, Intel did expand memory voltage adjustment ranges, probably after getting lots of requests. But they did it in a special way. You could only select one of these values: 1.35 V, 1.5 V, 1.6 V, or 1.65 V. Flexible, huh? Speaking of CPU voltages, you could only add another 50 mV or 100 mV.
As you can see, there are overclocking features, formally. But all of those correspond to mediocre power circuitry and other aspects of a low-end product."
You misunderstood me. Someone told me that dp55wb wont OC at all. But from your initial post i saw some hope. Anyway, can you tell me how far can i go if i oc my i3?
well u can overclock dp55wb, I have reached 3.7gh on it (20X185 today) with the stock cooler on my i5-750 stable with prime 95, using the latest bios.It did took me 3 weeks to get here but was well worth the effort .
i5-750 on dp55wb at 3.7gh with 1.3v vcore
2gb corsair 1333c9 X 2 dims
coolermaster gx 750 smps
coolermaster 690 case, with 5 fans
powercolor 5850, with msi bios OC to 950, 1300 at 1.187v using msi afterburner
now scoring 22598 on 3dmark06