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Supporting Documents

We already know that Intel mainboards never come with a printed manual, but there are two electronic versions available on their official web-site. One of them is called “Intel Desktop Board DP55KG Product Guide” and another one – “Intel Desktop Board DP55KG Technical Product Specification”. The difference between them is pretty obvious. The first one is targeted for end-users. It will explain how to install a CPU or replace the battery. The second one is intended for technical specialists. But the problem is that a lot of information is duplicated in both manuals, which I personally do not like, because I have to check out both of them to make sure that I don’t miss anything important.

Unfortunately, this time I noticed the whole bunch of errors and inconsistencies. For example, the manual for DP55SB mentions some non-existent blue SATA ports. There is a photo of this mainboard in the previous chapter of our today’s review, so you can try to find at least one port like that. Speaking of the today’s main hero, Intel DP55KG, the manual mentions HDD activity indicator and even points out its location. However, we already know that the skull’s eyes perform this function. In reality there is no LED where the manual points to.

However, Intel mainboard manuals do not contain only errors and inconsistencies, some things are explained way better than by other mainboard makers. I doubt that anyone will ever have problems installing two memory modules, even less so with four. But how do you install three memory modules, especially if they are of different capacity? Mainboard manuals would usually offer you complicated tables with different module combinations, which are pretty hard to figure out. Intel uses a much more illustrative approach: just look at the pictures and you will understand it right away.

So, each mainboard comes with two versions of the user manual. But the BIOS terms glossary is even harder to work with than these manuals. There are also two of those. The first one has all terms listed in alphabetical order, while the second – in order of appearance in the BIOS. Both glossaries refer to a few dozens of Intel mainboards that is why you have to look for the terms you need among a bunch of others that are not even relevant to your mainboard. Of course, it is way less convenient than a BIOS screenshot with immediate explanation of all parameters, which we see from other mainboard makers. However, this time the company has prepared a special document where all the info is presented in a more illustrative and traditional form. The document is called “Intel Desktop Board DP55KG and Intel Desktop Board DP55SB Extreme Series Performance Tuning Guide”. They use specific examples to explain how to set up your system for maximum performance, which parameters need to be adjusted, where they are located, what they are used for and how you could afterwards check the system stability. Very useful guide and I think you could read it even if you don’t own an Intel mainboard. All basic principles are the same, so they will be true for other mainboards as well.

 
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