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ASUS P7P55D Deluxe Review

tacohunter52    -   September 29, 2009
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Testing:

Sure it's all well and good to say that one motherboard is better than another, but without constructing proper tests, there is no way to tell for sure – unless of course you're judging on how cool the board looks, or how awesome the extra features are. In order to test the P7P55D Deluxe, I will be running it through the OverclockersClub suite of benchmarks. All power savings features and turbo mode will be disabled. All video card settings will be at default, unless otherwise noted. Hopefully the P7P55D Deluxe will perform just as good as it looks!

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 750 200x21 4200MHz
  • System Memory: Corsair Dominator 1003.3MHz 9-9-9-24

I personally feel that it is easier to overclock the i5 750 than the i7 920. At first I just decided to see how far I'd be able to go and still boot into Windows. Much to my surprise, this put me at around 4.4GHz with Vcore slightly above 1.5V. However, trying to actually run a benchmark, or anything for that matter, resulted in a blue screen. I then began lowering the BCLK, but something wasn't right. As the clock speed rapidly decreased, I was still not able to run any benchmarks. I began to suspect my memory was the problem. After upping the DRAM voltage a bit, everything worked out. I began upping the BCLK again. I found that with the 21 multiplier, I was able to push the BCLK higher. However, with each increase in BCLK, the memory needed more voltage. At a BCLK of 200, the memory was pushing 1.7V. This was getting a bit high for my liking, so I decided to stop at what I had. I was able to run through every benchmark at the 200x21 speeds. After going through the benchmark suite, I decided to try and up the clock speeds again. Much to my dismay, I wasn't able to increase 5MHz without going unstable. I was able to run a few benchmarks, but not all of them. After playing around with the benchmarks, I was able to guess which ones I could run and which ones I could not. Then, using the TurboV remote, I was able to decrease or increase the BCLK depending on the benchmark. However, because this method didn't create completely stable clock speeds, I'll be doing my overclock testing at 4.2GHz.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  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. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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