P55 Overclocking Showdown - ASUS, Gigabyte, and EVGA at the OC Corral (Page 6 Updated)by Rajinder Gill on November 6, 2009 12:00 PM EST
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EVGA is out in front in this bench by a small margin over the ASUS board. Surprisingly enough, the Gigabyte board would not pass WPrime 1024M on the same CPU over 5140MHz regardless of any changes we made in the BIOS. Scoring results in this long 8-thread test clearly favours EVGA due to the slight hike in raw CPU frequency.
Perhaps this should be considered a moot point given the somewhat frail nature of the i5 platform when subjected to this type of load at high processor frequencies. It’s no longer a benchmark we feel comfortable running on P55 at these types of CPU speeds due to additional stress placed on the CPU socket and processor itself. The Lynnfield/P55 is definitely a mid-range platform and as such, we highly suggest the Bloomfield/X58 platform for extreme benching if you are an Intel fan.
That being said, none of the LOTES/Tyco AMP boards suffered from socket meltdown during our testing. Also note this is the only benchmark where the EVGA E659 Classified 200 out clocked the E657 by a very slim 20MHz.