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Performance Comparison

Time has come to check out the performance numbers and compare the results in two different system modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. First we are going to talk about the results in nominal mode, when the boards set the most optimal parameters on their own, almost without any help from the user. Due to Intel Turbo Boost technology the clock frequency multiplier of our Intel Core i7-860 processor could increase to 26x. Our today’s hero will be competing against previously tested mainboards. The mainboards are listed on the diagrams according to their performance (from high to low). The results of Intel DP55KG mainboard are marked with a darker color for your convenience.

In order to adequately estimate the performance of Intel DP55KG mainboard, we should recall that in nominal mode Gigabyte solutions set higher base clock frequency, and ASRock P55 Deluxe was caught exploiting an even great increase, therefore, they are guaranteed faster than the other solutions. Biostar TPower I55 mainboard has peculiarities of its own: even with Turbo Boost technology it doesn’t always increase the processor clock frequency multiplier that is why it often falls behind the others in the nominal mode. So, the only other solutions that will compete against Intel DP55KG on equal terms are Asus P7P55D Deluxe and DFI LANPARTY DK P55-T3eH9.

Keeping in mind everything I have just said, we can see that Intel DP55KG mainboard doesn’t show an even pattern. It is sometimes ahead of the competitors in its group (for example, in Cinebench 10 and Custom PC Bench 2007 Video Encoding tests). Sometimes it appeared the slowest of all, even falling behind Biostar solution. In most cases the performance difference is minor, but in some it is fairly noticeable and cannot be written off as a measuring error, like in Custom PC Bench 2007 Image Editing test, for instance.

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