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ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Review

jlqrb    -   June 30, 2010
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Testing:

Testing is the only way to prove whether or not one motherboard is better than the others, when it comes down to performance. Some groups like all the whiz-bang features, while the hard-core enthusiasts just want good solid reliable performance. To find out which one gives that last little bit of clock speed, or has the right options in the BIOS, we test the motherboards out one at a time. This process is an arduous task, but it's the only way to do it properly. To test out this combination of motherboards, I will be running them through the OverclockersClub suite of benchmarks. The only deviations from the default BIOS settings will be that the energy saving features, as well as Turbo technology, are disabled so that the motherboard can be tested with a measure of repeatability. The video card control panel settings are left at factory defaults except where noted. Since each motherboard company has its own design philosophy it will be interesting to see which of the designs wins out.

 

Testing Setup i5:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

During the overclocking I originally used the P7H57D-E EVO as a reference which was able to increase the clock speed to 4.5GHz. Unfortunately, even though the two board share the same build quality and a similar VRM with a 8+3 phase design, it just could not match its older brothers results. From that point, I proceeded to reduce the clock speeds until I found a level where the board could keep the Intel 661 processor stable. After I found a speed that would boot into Windows, I started testing each setting using Prime95 and would only consider the OC stable after the system could run the program for one hour with no errors. The point where this board could perform this feat was just shy of 4.3GHz with the memory at 1652MHz. This is a very respectable overclock, but I was hoping it would more closely match its H57 counterpart.

 

 

 

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each CPU has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using Prime95. To gauge the maximum stability level, each processor had to be able to perform at least a one hour torture test without any errors.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. PCMark Vantage Professional
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10
  9. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark 06 Professional
  5. 3DMark Vantage



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