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ECS P55H-A Review



From what we've seen so far the P55H-A isn't the best board in town. However, a judgment cannot be passed until it has gone through the entire OCC Benchmarking Suite. This includes a series of Synthetic and real world benches that will allow us to accurately size up the P55H-A. I will be testing the P55H-A at stock settings, and with the CPU overclocked. I will use the following hardware and comparison boards.


Testing Setup:


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked Settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 750 205x20 4100MHz
  • System Memory: Corsair Dominator 1640MHz 8-8-8-20

Overclocking on the P55H-A was a mixture of easy and irritating. It was irritating for two reasons, the main one being that I hated the way you adjust voltage. The second irritation was the lack of features. This is not to say that anything important was missing. On the contrary, everything needed to complete a successful overclock had been made available. I did, however, notice that there wasn't anything extra, like we might see on an Asus or MSI board. Other then that I had absolutely no problems until reaching 4GHz. At this point my memory was holding me back a bit. Adjusting the memory voltage would make the system stable, and allow me to go further. However, I eventually topped off at 4.3GHz. Running Prime95 for a few hours proved this to be unstable, so I reduced the clock speeds until I could run through all my benchmarks without any problems. This put me at 4.1GHz.



  • 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

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Closer Look (The Bios)
  6. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  9. Testing: Apophysis, Win RAR
  10. Testing: SpecView 10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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