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Instead of equipping the Intel P55 express chipset with a complex and expensive-to-produce QPI link, Intel has instead selected a slower 2. Called ‘Smart 6’ this suite work with Gigabyte’s motherboards to dynamical reduce power consumption, overclock the PC, create easy means of backing up data, passwords and a few other tools.

Since these features are not found in current chipsets, both companies rely on third-party controllers. Both vendors cojtroller use the same USB 3.

The Test Platforms – 6Gbps SATA Performance: AMD GX vs. Intel X58/P55

That’s unlikely to be a major impediment in mid-range systems, but it will limit the bandwidth available to high-end RAID cards, and the like. A relative lack of quirky issues has made Intel chipsets particularly popular among enthusiasts.

Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing If that wasn’t excessive enough, some uber-high-end P55 boards will also feature nForce chips and support for three-way SLI. Customize The Tech Report That ordnance is on full display in the first wave of P55 boards from the big three: Such extravagance seems silly given the P55’s mid-range aspirations, but that’s how mobo makers roll these days. Steam names the best-selling games of It’s not really a chip setis it?


Finding flaw with relatively recent core-logic offerings from AMD and Nvidia is considerably easier, however.

Intel can get away with such a small, single chip because Lynnfield moves much saata the chipset’s traditional duties onto the CPU. CrossFire support is universal, but as with Intel’s X58 chipset, SLI certification is handled at the motherboard level. Both northbridge and southbridge have been merged into what Intel is now calling the P55 Platform Controller Hub. I have to admire the elegant simplicity of the P55 PCH, but there isn’t much to the actual chip.

Little has changed in the Serial ATA department, however.

P55 SATA Driver for ACHI mode and bit Win7 |Intel Communities

This latest Nehalem conntroller also brings a sweet 16 lanes of second-generation PCI Express connectivity onto the processor package, consolidating CPU and north bridge components under one roof. Rather conveniently, we’ve arranged an in-depth throwdown to see how they compare. Storage and media interface capabilities are pretty similar to that of Intel’s well-known ICH10R southbridge, which include saya for fourteen USB 2.

They both sound like significant additions to the technology, especially USB which is so popular among users.

Portable storage for instance would benefit greatly from the increased data transfer rate. Intel says it’s looking at the new standard, but that only SSDs are likely to benefit from greater interface bandwidth. Unfortunately, there’s a potential hitch in plans.


Intel’s P55 Express chipset

As memory speeds increased, CPUs gained extra processing cores and videocards grew more powerful, the interconnects that allowed all these components to communicate increasingly became swamped with data. Nvidia’s nForce designs have had their share of problems, too, like bouts with data corruption and generally higher power consumption.

Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. I think saa users will find only one or two features genuinely useful.

So, there you have it, the difference in implementation between the two boards featured here. Top 5 Heatsinks Tested. Gigabyte Smart 6 Suite Gigabyte is bundling a suite of small software applications with motherboards based on Intel’s P55 Express chipset. However, these lanes only offer signaling rates up to 2. Such was the case with the P45 Express we’ve been enjoying for more than a year now, the P35 that came before it, the P before that, and so on.

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