Asus P7H55-M review

Can you get the most from Clarkdale with such a reasonably priced motherboard?

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We tested the P7H55-M with an Intel i7-870, a meaty Radeon graphics card and two sticks of Corsair memory running at 1,333MHz (although it isn't, true memory speed is arcane knowledge).

Here we've pitched the new bug against a Gigabtye H55M-UD2H – not quite as feature-rich perhaps, but using the same Intel chipset and aimed at the same buyer and sells for about the same, too. Both boards were run without any overclocking (not as easy as it sounds; they were quite keen).

As you might expect, it's a close-run thing. The Asus has a slim but clear lead in the application benchmarks. Why the memory bandwidths differ is a bit of a mystery. An erroneous timing setting perhaps?

CPU rendering

Cinebench R10 – time in seconds, lower is better
Asus P7H55-M: 47
Gigabtye H55M-UD2H: 52

Cinebench R11 – index, higher is better
Asus P7H55-M: 5.52
Gigabtye H55M-UD2H: 5.13

Video encoding

X264 V.2 – frames per second, higher is better
Asus P7H55-M: 28.57
Gigabtye H55M-UD2H: 27.84

Game physics

World in Conflict – frames per second, higher is better
Asus P7H55-M: 239
Gigabtye H55M-UD2H: 238

Memory speed

SiSoft Sandra – data transfer rate, higher is better
Asus P7H55-M: 16.1GB/s
Gigabtye H55M-UD2H: 16.7GB/s

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelP55 Express
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket 1156
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i5
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Width243.8 mm
Depth218.4 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP7P55-M
Product NameP7P55-M Desktop Board
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part NumberP7P55-M
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The P7P55-M Desktop Board delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards. Intel P55 providing improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Intel Lynnfield processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.