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The list of LGA1156 mainboards on the new Intel P55 Express chipset we have tested so far has grown pretty long already. It includes ASRock P55 Deluxe, Asus P7P55D Deluxe, Biostar TPower I55, DFI LANPARTY DK P55-T3eH9, Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 and GA-P55-UD3R. We are going to test more solutions from these manufacturers in the future as well as introduce new names to you, however, we are still missing one single thing. Who could know better than the CPU and chipset developer what a proper mainboard should be like? Therefore, we have been looking forward to the opportunity to test a solution from Intel for a while. At this time the company has four LGA1156 products on Intel P55 Express chipset: two regular boards from the Media Series and two boards from Extreme Series. Regular boards are the full-size Intel DP55WG and microATX Intel DP55WB. The Extreme Series lineup includes a microATX Intel DP55SB board as well as an ATX solution - Intel DP55KG, which we are going to discuss today.

Package and Accessories

Intel mainboards from the Extreme Series use a human skull as an emblem and Intel DP55KG solution is no exception in this respect. In fact, it is pretty interesting, why this serious company decided to choose a not serious symbol like that. Of course, had it been a dog’s or chicken’s skull, we would definitely have much more questions, but I have to admit that it is still a little weird to see this image on boards and boxes.

The back of the Intel DP55KG box shows what it looks like, lists the board’s features and peculiarities:

Intel mainboards have always come with scarce accessories. This time again we get a pile of marketing materials instead of a normal user manual. However, the board comes with a colorful multi-lingual poster with assembly and installation instructions, so you shouldn’t have any problems in the beginning. And then you can always download the electronic version of the manual and check it out. As for the peculiarities of the mainboard accessories bundle, I could mention a bridge for connecting two graphics cards together. Note that the board supports not only ATI CrossFire but also Nvidia SLI configurations. Another unusual component is a cable antenna, because this board boasts a pretty rare feature – an integrated Bluetooth controller.

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