Finally, we also needed a G45 motherboard, which represents Intel’s previous-generation platform with integrated graphics. Since we used an H55 motherboard from Intel, it made sense to select a similar product with the preceding chipset.
The DG45ID is also a Media Series motherboard, but it’s better-equipped than the DH55TC. In addition to all of the standard chipset features, Intel adds a FireWire 1394a controller, makes one SATA port available as eSATA, and adds optical audio output. This product doesn’t have an analog D-sub display port, but it still has the more important DVI and HDMI connectors. Intel only has three phases on the voltage regulator, which would be insufficient to run Extreme Edition processors properly, but all mainstream dual- and quad-core CPUs should do just fine. Like the new DH55TC, this motherboard isn’t much of an overclocker, but it works well for office and home PCs and entry-level media centers.
- Clarkdale Efficiency Analyzed
- Intel’s Clarkdale Processors
- Intel's Core i5-661 (Clarkdale) CPU
- Clarkdale Platform: H55 (Intel DH55TC)
- Lining Up The Competition: AMD Athlon/Phenom II X2 And Intel Core 2 Duo
- AMD Platform: 785G (Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H)
- Intel Platform: G45 (Intel DG45ID)
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Games And 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Applications
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Power Consumption
- Efficiency Results