Asus P7P55D EVO P55 Motherboard - Performance Revealed


With every socket change and CPU release come a host of conspiracy theories. Breaking news - 'Intel to restrict overclocking'. I'm sorry to disappoint the rag tag theorists but this is evidently not the case. The i5 CPU is no more restricted than the i7 range. With enthusiasts making up such a small market share it would make little sense for Intel to make such a move. Sure, every penny counts but those who have been in the game long enough will know that major corporations revel in the thought of people who know what they are doing being treat like guinea pigs for their latest hardware. The i5 is (in ES form at least) a great overclocker.
So where does this leave the P7P55D EVO? Well as our overclocking results have shown, it's sure to take your Intel i5 CPU to the limit. Overclocking was very easy thanks to the BIOS design and while I would have liked more dividers on the memory allowing us to run faster memory at stock I did achieve some success while adjusting the base clock to compensate. In our tests we showed the CPU to reach a mammoth 4.21GHz which is respectable whichever way you look at it and no doubt as the BIOS is refined with better options and overall improvements I'm sure this figure could be increased.
The layout of the motherboard is excellent with all the right parts in the right places. The aesthetics of the board are great and are certainly a step in the right direction. Unfortunately I could not assess the packaging as the motherboard arrived bare in a plain cardboard box without so much as a motherboard manual at my disposal so please forgive me if I have missed a key feature of the motherboard.
The i5 range of CPU's is a strange move for Intel as it is clearly not as powerful as the i7 range and offers nothing in terms of innovation to tempt users of i7 away from the behemoth systems, nor does it obliterate AMD's AM3. The only saving grace would be the cost but I would be very surprised if Intel undercut AMD's current pricing. Current Core2 users though may well feel the time is right to make the upgrade and I can wholeheartedly recommend the Asus P7P55 Evo as the foundation of any potential i5 setup. The board, even in ES form was stable as a rock, clocks extremely well, looks cool (literally), it's power efficient and should Asus/Marvel sort out the HD controller issues then the EVO can hold it's head up high, worthy for consideration as a next generation platform.
The Good
- Great looking piece of kit
- Excellent overclocking
- Well structured BIOS
- Memory subtimings
- 12+2 Phase power design
- BIOS recovery from bad overclock
The Mediocre
- Limited memory ratios
- 8x + 8x Crossfire capability
- Memory close to CPU socket
- Unable to clock memory to rated speed
The Bad
- Chipset heatsink (expected to be changed for retail though)
Thanks to Asus for allowing us to sample such an early example of their motherboard. Discuss in our forums.
«Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Next»

Most Recent Comments

08-09-2009, 09:07:43

Hmmm. Needing some more details on the 6g sata situation as it unfolds.

According to the hdtach in the review, the controller used appears nothing to write home about.

Really nice low power consumption on idle.

8x - 8x won't make some people happy. Couldn't care less about that myself.

An opinion on the VIA HD sound would be interesting.

In all, being the launch of a new socket and all, not much impressing me here.

Roll on stable 6g and USB3.0 imo.

Rumor had it Gigabyte had sorted something out with the marvell and it would appear ASRock are supplying pcie cards for it.Quote

13-09-2009, 07:08:56

Yeah the PCIe cards are SATA 6G and they use the same controller. The problem is with PATA support so as the PCIe card does notsupport PATA the problem is null and void.

It won't be long before we see full 6G support and I agree, the ommision of USB 3.0 is disappointing. Let's hope the 2nd round of boards have these features fully supported.Quote

15-09-2009, 08:25:01

Nice review, but would like to know more detail about memory overclocking performance, such as the highest clock or required voltage, instead of only bandwidth testing.Quote

15-09-2009, 09:12:12

"and this is pure speculation my part" shouldnt there be an on in there?

how long till it gets released?Quote

15-09-2009, 14:50:37

Good spot - fixed.Quote

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.