Intel Core i5 750 Review - Overclocking Phase-Change vs LN2

CPU by massman @ 2009-09-13

Intel´s latest CPU is put to the test against their own Core 2/Quad and Core i7 series, as well as AMD´s Phenom II. We wrap up the testing with an overclocking session using phase-change and LN2 Cooling. Does the Core i5 and S1156 i7 impress? Let us find out

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Gigabyte P55-UD3 - Pictures

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Founded in 1986, Gigabyte started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics accelerator markets. To truly reach out to all consumers, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include more diverse digital products such as Notebook and desktop PCs, digital home appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices, servicing every facet of people's lives at home or at work.

Everyday, GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” by knitting a global network to effectively honor its commitment to world wide customers. What's more important, GIGABYTE wishes all users to see and feel the brand through its products and all the touch points from GIGABYTE to the hands of all users.

Previous reviews containing Gigabyte motherboards:

  • Intel Pentium E6300 Best bang for the buck ? Cache test revisited
  • 7 Intel Core i7 X58 Motherboards Tested and Compared
  • Gigabyte GA-X58-Extreme Motherboard Preview
  • Overclocking with Gigabyte P35C-DS3R and Intel Q6600
  • Gigabyte P965-DS3 Motherboard Overclocking Review
  • Gigabyte GA-G1975X Turbo S775 Motherboard Review
  • VIA KT400 Chipset Overclocking


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    As expected from a low-end, read: low-cost, product there's not that much included. Apart from the motherboard, the package isn't something to get real excited about.

  • 3 x Manual
  • 2 x Sata cable
  • 1 x Drivers disc
  • 1 x Gigabyte sticker
  • 1 x I/O Shield


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    The motherboard itself looks quite okay; plain and simple color scheme and everything what's need to be included you can find on the board.

  • 10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 6 x Audio jacks
  • 1 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out connector

  • 3 x PCI slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (in CF mode: x4)
  • 1 x PCI Express x4 slot

  • 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x System fan headers
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x Power fan header
  • 1 x Front panel header
  • 1 x Front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD In connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Serial port header
  • 1 x Parallel port header
  • 1 x CMOS Clear jumper

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    Comment from Massman @ 2009/09/13
    As said: a lot more to digg into. Expect more overclocking action, more motherboards, more turbo mode testing, more memory testing ...

    Much more
    Comment from Diegis0n @ 2009/09/14
    Great work PJ!

    It makes me count my money and try to get a i5 platform

    UD3 + 750: 277€, surprisingly affordable since i can sell C2 combo out for ~200.

    I'll be ready for some action in a few months btw, lots of hardware will become "available"
    Comment from Kougar @ 2009/09/14
    Nice article... Looks like Turbo Mode will make subzero OC'ing rather interesting...

    just think about the secrecy with which AMD developed its new HD58xx series: so close to the launch and publicly no one has a real clue about its performance.
    Spoke too soon. Still, is a very valid point. The entire NDA situation with Lynnfield is not just absurd, it is plain stupid.
    Comment from thorgal @ 2009/09/15
    Seems you woke up someone at Anandtech LOL. One day after your article they present a clock comparison themselves
    Comment from Diegis0n @ 2009/09/15
    I well prefer PJ's writing skills; at least there's some nice pictures to look at
    Comment from bartx @ 2009/09/16
    Nice work. I like reviews from [M]