Seven Intel P55 Motherboards Tested From Asus, DFI, MSI, Gigabyte

Motherboards/Intel S1156 by massman @ 2010-01-17

With a Big Bang we Maximus test a few SuperComputer motherboards based around the P55 chipset for our next LanParty rig. Compared to the previous 3 models this roundup provides you with in-depth test results of 7 Intel P55 mainboards from MSI, Asus, Gigabyte and DFI.

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DFI Lanparty DK P55-T3eH9

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Diamond Flowers International, in short DFI, is an international IT expert based in Taiwan, with headquarters in Hsi-Chih City. DFI was established in 1981 by Mr. Y.C. Lu. dedicated to serving customers with high technology, DFI has been earning a worldwide reputation for quality, owing much to the continuing support from our customers, suppliers and affiliates as well as our own efforts over the past twenty years. With more than 20 years of computer product development and manufacturing, our team of highly skilled engineers helps DFI position ourselves as the standard setter of price-performance solutions in the manufacturing and marketing of computer products. DFI offers a complete line-up of advanced motherboards as well as graphics solutions and Applied Computing Platforms, to meet the expanding needs of the IT market. DFI also co-develops with Intel and 3rd party developers for the latest technology on IT solution. These relationships lead customers to adopt DFI products with confidence. With our Headquarter in Taiwan and Regional Offices in the States, Europe, China and Japan, DFI has been stably growing from its start 20 years ago into a leader in the IT field today. Close relationships with Intel, AMD, VIA and SiS ensure that DFI products reach the market with leading timing. DFI products are built with Quality as the rock base.

Previous reviews containing DFI motherboards:

  • 7 Intel Core i7 X58 Motherboards Tested and Compared
  • DFI LanParty DK 790GX-M2RS Motherboard Review
  • DFI X48-T3RS review - redefining the high end ?
  • DFI Lanparty DK P45-T2RS Plus Motherboard Review
  • DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R S775 Motherboard Review
  • 4-Way Intel P35 Motherboard Overclocking Roundup
  • DFI nForce 680i LT-T2R Overclocking Motherboard Review
  • DFI Lanparty UT NF590 SLI-M2RG AM2 Motherboard Review
  • KT400A vs nForce2 vs SiS746


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    The amount of extras that come with this mainboard isn't that extensive. Certainly not too shabby, but if you want to be overwhelmed by the tons and tons of gadgets, this isn't the product you’re looking for.

  • 4 x SATA cable
  • 2 x Molex to 2 x SATA connector
  • 2 x Driver disk
  • 1 x Pata HDD cable
  • 1 x Floppy cable
  • 1 x Crossfire link cable
  • 1 x SLI cable
  • 1 x I/O back panel
  • 1 x Set of jumpers
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x ABS installation guide


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    Below a list of all the features:

  • 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (one shared with Power eSATA)
  • 1 x Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x Clear CMOS switch
  • 1 x BIOSecure mini-USB port
  • 1 x Coaxial RCA S/PDIF-out port
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out port
  • 1 x Power eSATA port
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
  • 1 x Center/subwoofer, rear R/L and side R/L jacks
  • 1 x Line-in, line-out (front R/L) and mic-in jacks

  • 2 x PCI Express (Gen 2) x16 slots (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
  • 1 x PCI Express (Gen 2) x16 slot (x4)
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 2 x PCI slots

  • 8 x Serial ATA connectors
  • 5 x Fan connectors
  • 4 x Connectors for 8 additional external USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x Connector for an external COM port
  • 1 x Front audio connector
  • 1 x CD-in connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IrDA connector
  • 1 x 40-pin IDE connector
  • 1 x Floppy connector
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin 12V power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin 5V/12V power connector (FDD type)
  • 1 x Front panel connector
  • 1 x Download flash BIOS connector
  • 1 x Diagnostic LED
  • 1 x EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
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