Page 1:Core i7 (And i5) For The Value Crowd?
Page 2:Features Comparison
Page 3:ASRock P55 Pro
Page 4:Asus P7P55D
Page 5:ECS P55H-A
Page 6:Gigabyte P55-UD3R
Page 7:MSI P55-CD53
Page 8:Hardware And Software Configuration
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Crysis And Far Cry 2
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Clear Sky And World In Conflict
Page 11:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 12:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 13:Benchmark Results: Synthetic
Page 14:BIOS, Overclocking, Power And Heat
Page 15:The Perils Of Overclocking
While most enthusiasts lusted over the superb performance of Intel’s Core i7 technology and X58 platform when the combo was launched last year, the majority waited for something cheaper. After all, motherboards took their sweet time breaking out under $200, and the least-expensive Bloomfield processor, the i7-920, still costs $270.
News of an upcoming “mainstream” processor family, complete with a new socket interface and a less-expensive chipset, had to sustain value-seekers for 10 unbearably long months. Intel knows what it's doing, though. The company still has a perfectly adequate supply of Core 2 products in the channel already, which are still solid performers and worth mid-range prices.
While the initial release of LGA 1156-based processors has yet to yield any “inexpensive” products (a $200 Core i5-750 is still considered upper-mainstream), we can certainly find significant cost savings in motherboards compared to the X58 generation. It'd seem to be the perfect time to strike out in search of value-oriented P55 platforms.
However, let’s not forget that the current range of P55-based motherboards is still immature and unproven, a combination that can be catastrophic for early adopters. Just as worrisome for mainstream converts is how quality is often proportional to price. Is today’s crop of mainstream products a pathway to the future for budget-oriented buyers or a recipe for disaster?
- Core i7 (And i5) For The Value Crowd?
- Features Comparison
- ASRock P55 Pro
- Asus P7P55D
- ECS P55H-A
- Gigabyte P55-UD3R
- MSI P55-CD53
- Hardware And Software Configuration
- Benchmark Results: Crysis And Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: Clear Sky And World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- BIOS, Overclocking, Power And Heat
- The Perils Of Overclocking