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Now it is time to check the performance in two different operational modes. First of all we would like to compare the performance of Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 and Asus P7P55D Deluxe mainboards in nominal mode, when both mainboards set the most optimal system parameters on their own without any help from the user. What is so interesting about this comparison? Sometimes the user will only set the date and time in the mainboard BIOS and then choose “Optimal Defaults” and not change anything else. So, we are going to find out how fast the boards are in this case. We used dynamic Turbo Boost for our Intel Core i7-860 processor, which means that its clock frequency multiplier could increase to 26x. Both mainboards set the memory frequency at 1067 MHz, the only difference was in the memory timings: Gigabyte board set 7-7-7-19-60-1T, and Asus set 7-7-7-20-59-1T.

The second type of comparison e are going to be performing today is the mainboards performance during maximum CPU overclocking. It is clear, why a comparison like that might be interesting. We are well aware of situations when during overclocking certain BIOS issues or the manufacturer’s desire to ensure the board’s stability at the highest possible frequencies enforced not the most optimal BIOS settings. As a result, even though the processor frequencies, memory frequencies and timings were formally the same, some mainboard models appeared noticeably slower than the others. This time, we used static Turbo Boost implementation, as the highest-performing one. The maximum processor clock multiplier was 22x, the memory on both boards was overclocked from the nominal 1600 to 1800 MHz with 7-7-7-20-100-1T timings.

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