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jmke 15th March 2010 14:27

Intel H55/H57 Round-up: Full coverage for Core i3 and i5
Intel’s chip wave that appeared as suite for the new Core i3 and i5 CPUs codenamed Clarkdale, containing graphics cores within, was quickly followed by a plethora of motherboards from all sorts of manufacturers. We’ve decided to gather round all motherboards available at the market at the time of this review and determine whether it is wiser to base the decision about which motherboard to buy on the chip itself or the accompanying equipment and capabilities. We’ve had a total of seven models tested, signed by ASUS, Biostar, Gigabyte and MSI, which are the most common choice of buyers…

The conclusion is much the same as ever: the most expensive models are to be bought if you require additional functions such as the new generation of SATA and USB ports, mid-class models of recognised manufacturers will be bought by users which pay attention to (apparent) details such as the SPDIF output and Firewire, but also “peace of mind” owing to well-cooled chips, while Biostar motherboards remain traditionally aimed towards overclockers and enthusiasts on a budget, which care little about appearance and the accompanying bundle.

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