Asus P7P55-M P55 mATX Motherboard

Test Setup & Overclocking

Test Setup
To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below: 
Processor: Intel Core i7 870 (2.93Ghz)
Motherboard: Asus P7P55-M
Memory: 4GB GSkill Trident DDR3 F3-16000CL9D
Graphics Card: Asus NVidia GTX275
Power Supply: Gigabyte Odin 1200W
CPU Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper TX3
Hard Disk: Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 7200rpm 160GB
Graphics Drivers: Geforce 190.62
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
During the testing of the setup above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used before the benchmarking began, with a full defrag of the hard drive once all the drivers and software were installed, preventing any possible performance issues due to leftover drivers from the previous motherboard installations. For the 3DMark and gaming tests a single card configuration was used.
setup spacing
As you can see, there is plenty of clearance for the memory modules, even high heatsink ones such as the Gskill Trident used in our test setup. Thanks to the implementation of the single clasp method on the memory slots, the ones nearest the GPU slot are blanked off so addition/removal of memory modules while the GPU is in-situ should not present any issues.
To guarantee a broad range of results to best evaluate the motherboards performance, the following benchmark utilities were used:
Synthetic CPU Test
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• PassMark CPU test
• SuperPI 1m, 8m, 32m

Memory Test
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• Everest Ultimate Edition Version 5.00.1650

File Compression & Encoding
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c
• 7-Zip File Compression ver 4.65

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach
• Sisoft Sandra Pro 2009 SP3c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10 (64-bit)
• POV-Ray 3.7
• 3DMark 06
• 3DMark Vantage

3D Games

• Crysis
• Far Cry 2
• Call of Duty 4

Overall System Performance
• PCMark Vantage
Power Consumption

Power consumption is an aspect often forgotten when it comes to enthusiast motherboards but in today's climate, with rising utility bills special consideration needs to be taken when choosing you components as over a period of time, one components can prove to be much more expensive than another over its lifetime. Power consumption was measured at the socket using a plug-in mains power and energy monitor. Idle readings were taken after 5 minutes in Windows. Load readings were taken during a run of 3DMark Vantage.
Here's what we get with the CPU running at 1.4 set in the BIOS with loadline calibration enabled.
mainboard cpu 
Overclocking the board was relatively easy thanks to the easy to navigate BIOS and I managed a very respectable 4.29GHz.  While this is far from the o4.4 overclock the MSI board managed you have to bear in mind that this motherboard is not a range topper nor is it a full fat ATX board with oodles of chokes and power regulation.
For this review I decided to run the system overclocked to see how it compared. When overclocked I ran the system at the same settings used in other tests (4GHz CPU, memory 2000MHz 9-9-9-24). All other power saving BIOS options were disabled such as Intel EIST and C-State technologies.
Let's see how the micro board from Asus got on...
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Most Recent Comments

09-11-2009, 08:22:32

Very decent, £90.

With it having better memory handling, on the surface, I was expecting it to be that much better than the msi in the following benchies. Didn't happen tho. These things tend to be illogical.

Full 4 ghz+ expectation on a small mobo too.

Weening away from the necessity of a full ATX for everyday+ builds, and I like it.

Good stuff.

See ASUS still like the rolly cardboard packing.Quote

18-11-2009, 04:24:42

hi there!

I have read you posting. I find it so good. Thanks for you posting Quote

18-11-2009, 04:37:30

Mr. Smith
I'm with Rast - the future for me is small builds matx/mitx.

There are plenty of decent matx mobos capable of performing exactly like an atx mobo.

Nice reviewQuote

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