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Enthusiast P55: Eight LGA 1156 Boards Between $150 And $200
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Sub-$200 Core i5/i7 Motherboard Features

 

ASRock
P55 Deluxe

Asus
P7P55D EVO

Biostar
TPower I55

EVGA
P55 SLI

PCB Revision

1.06

1.06G

5.1

1.0

Chipset

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Voltage Regulator

18 Phases (16+2)

14 Phases (12+2)

12 Phases (8+4)

10 Phases (8+2)

BIOS

1.70 (09/15/2009)

0711 (09/24/2009)

080015 (09/05/2009)

080016 (10/02/2009)

133.3 MHz BCLK

139.6 MHz (+4.7%)

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

133.3 MHz (+0.0%)

133.2 MHz (-0.10%)

Clock Generator

ICS 9LPRS140CKLF

ICS 9LPRS140CKLF

RTM85N-914

ICS 9LPRS139AKLF

Internal Interfaces

PCIe 2.0 x16

3 (x16/x1/x4, x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x1/x4, x8/x8/x4)

2 (1 x x16 or 2 x x8)

3 (x16/x1/x4, x8/x8/x4)

PCIe x1/x4

1/0

2/0

1/1

1/0

Legacy PCI

3

2

2

2

USB 2.0

3 (6 ports)

3 (6 ports)

3 (6 ports)

3 (6 ports)

IEEE-1394

1

1

1

1

SerialPort

1

1

None

None

ParallelPort

None

None

No

No

Floppy

Yes

No

Yes

No

Ultra-ATA 133

1 (2-drives)

1 (2 drives)

1 (2 drives)

None

SATA 3.0Gb/s

6

8

6

6

4-Pin Fan

2

2

1

1

3-Pin Fan

3

2

2

5

FP Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CD Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

S/PDIF I/O

Output Only

Output Only

Output Only

Both

Power Button

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Reset Button

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CLR_CMOS Button

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Yes

Diagnostics Panel

Numeric

Pass/Fail LEDs

Numeric

Numeric

I/O Panel Connectors

P/S 2

2

2

1

1

USB 2.0

8 (1 Shared w/eSATA)

8

8

6

IEEE-1394

1

1

1

1

Network

Dual (with teaming)

Dual (with teaming)

Dual

Dual

eSATA

1 (Shared with USB)

1

2

2

CLR_CMOS Button

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Digital Audio Out

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Digital Audio In

None

None

None

None

Analog Audio

6

6

6

6

Mass Storage Controllers

Chipset SATA

6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Chipset RAID Modes

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

Add-In SATA

JMB363 PCIe
1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s

JMB363 PCIe
1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s
1 x SATA to JMB322
JMB322 to 2x SATA

JMB363 PCIe
2 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s

88SE6121 PCIe
2 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s

Add-In Ultra ATA

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

None

IEEE-1394

VT6308S PCI
2 x 400Mb/s

VT6308P PCI
2 x 400Mb/s

LSI L-FW3227-100 PCI
2 x 400Mb/s

TSB43AB22A
2 x 400Mb/s

Gigabit Ethernet

Primary LAN

RTL8111DL PCIe

RTL8112L PCIe

Intel WG82578DC PHY

88E8057 PCIe

Secondary LAN

RTL8111DL PCIe

RTL810SC PCI

RTL8111DL PCIe

88E8057 PCIe

Audio

HD Audio Codec

ALC890B

VIA VT1828S

ALC888S

ALC889


Setting a 133 MHz base clock on the ASRock P55 Deluxe enables the firm's Intelligent Overclocking Technology function, even when that function has been disabled. Instead choosing a 134 MHz base clock disables I.O.T., but gives ASRock a slight speed advantage in the benchmarks. We’ll keep that slight advantage in mind when discussing result charts.

Sub-$200 Core i5/i7 Motherboard Features

 

Foxconn Inferno
Katana GTI

Jetway
HI05

Gigabyte
P55-UD4P

MSI
P55-GD65

PCB Revision

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

Northbridge

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Intel P55 Express

Voltage Regulator

10 Phases (8+2)

8 Phases (7+1)

10 Phases (6+4)

7 Phases (6+1)

BIOS

080015 (09/17/2009)

080015 (09/04/2009)

F4r (09/18/2009)

1.3 (09/03/2009)

133.3 MHz BCLK

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

133.3 MHz (+0.0%)

132.9 MHz (-0.32%)

133.7 MHz (+0.28%)

Clock Generator

ICS RS4105BL

ICS 9LPRS919HKL

ICS 9LPRS914EKLF

MSI LRS4116AL

Internal Interfaces

PCIe 2.0 x16

3 (x16/x1/x4, x8/x8/x4)

2 (1 x x16 or 2 x x8)

2 (1 x x16 or 2 x x8)

2 (1 x x16 or 2 x x8)

PCIe x1/x4

2/0

2/0

3/0

2/1

Legacy PCI

1

3

2

2

USB 2.0

3 (6 ports)

3 (6 ports)

2 (4 ports)

3 (6 ports)

IEEE-1394

None

0

1

1

SerialPort

None

1

1

1

ParallelPort

None

1

1

None

Floppy

No

No

Yes

Yes

Ultra-ATA 133

1 (2 drives)

1 (2 drives)

1 (2 drives)

1 (2 drives)

SATA 3.0Gb/s

6

6

8

7

4-Pin Fan

1

1

2

1

3-Pin Fan

5

2

3

3

FP Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CD Audio

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

S/PDIF I/O

Output Only

Output Only

Both

Output Only

Power Button

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Reset Button

Yes

Yes

No

No

CLR_CMOS Button

Jumper Only

Yes

Jumper Only

Jumper Only

Diagnostics Panel

Numeric

Numeric

No

No

I/O Panel Connectors

P/S 2

1

1

1

2

USB 2.0

8

8

10

8 (1 Shared w/eSATA)

IEEE-1394

None

None

2

1

Network

Single

Dual

Dual (with teaming)

Dual

eSATA

None

1

2

1 (Shared with USB)

CLR_CMOS Button

Yes

Yes

No

No

Digital Audio Out

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Optical+Coaxial

Digital Audio In

None

None

None

None

Analog Audio

6

6

6

6

Mass Storage Controllers

Chipset SATA

6 x SATA3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA3.0Gb/s

6 x SATA3.0Gb/s

Chipset RAID Modes

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

0, 1, 5, 10

Add-In SATA

None

JMB363 PCIe
1 x eSATA3.0Gb/s

JMB363 PCIe
2 x SATA3.0Gb/s
JMB362 PCIe
2 x eSATA3.0Gb/s

JMB363 PCIe
1 x SATA3.0Gb/s
1 x eSATA3.0Gb/s

Add-In Ultra ATA

88SE6111 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

JMB363 PCIe

IEEE-1394

None

None

TSB43AB23 PCI
3 x 400Mb/s

VT6315N PCIe
2 x 400Mb/s

Gigabit Ethernet

Primary LAN

RTL8111DL PCIe

WG82578DC PHY

RTL8111D PCIe

RTL8111DL PCIe

Secondary LAN

None

RTL8111DL PCIe

None

None

Audio

HD Audio Codec

ALC888S

ALC888

ALC889A

ALC889

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