The Intel P55 platform was recently released as a more economical alternative to the enthusiast X58 platform. For this roundup we have lined up four motherboards that try to cover the $100 to $250 spectrum in roughly equal price jumps. The results are quite interesting in both the stock clock tests and the maximum overclock tests, so hold on for a book of a review.
Present for this review are products from ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. ECS represents the budget option with their P55H-A which has a budget price but enthusiast features. MSI steps up the price with their P55-GD65 which sits closer to the average price, quality and feature-set for a P55 motherboard. EVGA bumps the price up into the enthusiast price-range while offering a board geared primarily towards overclocking enthusiasts in the EVGA P55 FTW. Finally, Gigabyte sits on top with price and features and is the only board to feature USB3.0 and SATA-III connectivity with the P55A-UD6 motherboard.