Performance Summary

With all boards featuring the same chipset, CPU and memory, there is little to separate them in terms of performance - the two Intel boards produce almost identical results.

Crysis - Warhead

Bibble 5 Pro - i7 870 CPU @ Stock

WinRAR 3.90 X64 - i7 8760 CPU @ Stock


Power Consumption

Our power consumption testing utilizes the same batch of components under similar circumstances in a bid to monitor variances between idle and CPU load conditions. We install the vendor supplied power saving utilities on each board and enable power saving modes that don't involve any kind of underclocking or CPU core frequency modulation in order to run an apples to apples comparison.

ATX PSU switching losses are absent from our figures because we monitor power consumption directly at the DC rails of the PSU. These figures measure only the CPU, motherboard and memory DC power draw and exclude any other peripherals such as the graphics card, fans and hard drives etc. As such, AC power consumption will be anywhere from 15~40% higher than these figures depending upon the efficiency of your power supply.

Motherboard DC Power Consumption - i7 870 CPU - Idle

Motherboard DC Power Consumption - i7 870 CPU - H.264

Intel’s boards look pretty good in this respect, showing well against the power-hungry, but feature-rich P55 Classified.


DPC Audio Latency

We’re often asked to include a DPC latency screenshot by audio enthusiasts; both the DP55KG and the DP55SB turn in respectable performances:





Overclocking on both boards was ok – we were able to POST and boot into the OS at 200 bclk as well. This was achieved using a low CPU multiplier as we were using the stock Intel heatsink.

Also of note was that this bclk was only achievable on the 2:6 or 2:8 memory ratios – the 2:10 ratio ran into problems and refused to boot around the 175 bclk area which equated to 875 MHz or DDR3-1750. This was despite trying up to 1.35v VTT and loosening timings to 9-9-9-27 and slacking off tRFC and tFAW. Anything higher than 175 BCLK on the 2:10 memory ratio resulted in the board shutting down during stress testing or when loading Windows. On the face of it, we're lead to believe there is some kind of over-current protection in place on the VTT rail - not good.

Intel DP55KG and DP55SB “Kingsberg” & “Sharpsburg“ reviewed... Board Features
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  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    If you're doing a giveaway with this... it is my birthday coming up :)
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    Is that right (8:48 4/5)? I'm not sure where it is that you're 36 hours behind me?
  • Richard Pawley - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    Hi. The article went up with the time we started putting it into the backend - It updated soon after to show when it was actually published. You must've been quick to spot that ;-)

  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    i browse AT like it's my wife
  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    HA! best, quote, ever.
  • silverblue - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    And here's me thinking that would mean "rarely, and only when I'm on my best behaviour"...
  • AstroGuardian - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    Welcome to the club mate ;-)

    What was funny was some few days ago when my wife said something like: "Stop reading that damn BLUE site of yours...". This made me laugh cause i am with AT for years longer than with her ;). Now she noticed the blue color lol
  • SunLord - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    I love how the micro atx board literally looks like they just cut off the bottom part of the ATX board kind of cool
  • MadMan007 - Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - link

    "While the 2:6 and 2:8 memory ratios were satisfactory"

    So does that mean that using those ratios you can clock the bclk and CPU higher and just not get the e-peen stretching superhigh memory speeds that mostly seem to help a few synthetic benchmarks? If those ratios are 'satisfactory' and the only purpose of high memory speeds is artifical benchmarks you could focus on getting the best overall overclock and not worry about maxing out the memory speed.

    I do hope you tried clocking with those ratios, perhaps the various annoyances go away or are not as bad in that case. If not I'm a little disappointed if a lot of time was spent trying to max out memory speed rather than focusing on 'real world' performance as I expect from AT.
  • deruberhanyok - Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the writeup! quick questions:

    Was the PCI-Express slot operating at x1 speed a bug only with the i5 670, or is it something in all of the Clarkdale processors until the updated BIOS comes out?

    I noticed they both include a bluetooth antenna. I'm guessing the BT module is the tiny green PCB next to the SATA ports. Is that standard on all of the boards? How was reception/performance? I like the idea of not having to have an external bluetooth dongle to connect keyboards, wireless headset, cell phone, etc.

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