One year after its launch, Intel Core i7 processors remain unchallenged in the high-end desktop segment. With the recent launch of the Core i5 and LGA1156 platform, however, we suddenly no longer have the need to stretch our budget and consider buying a Core i7 920 in one way or another.
As we learned in September, Intel effectively tore out hyper-threading and deleted a memory channel with the Core i5. However, after extensive testing, we found that the lack of HT technology is not a problem in most situations, while the dual-channel memory controller offers sufficient bandwidth. When comparing the clock performance for the clock performance between the Core i5 and Core i7 processors, very little was also included, which was surprising.
The Core i5 750 currently costs $ 200 and is the first choice among quad-core processors at this price. The Intel P55 chip, which is significantly cheaper than the original Core i7 family's X58 chipset, helps keep the overall cost of the LGA1156 platform low.
So if you choose the Core i5 750 processor, the next and possibly most difficult choice is which motherboard to buy. There are already over 40 possible motherboard options to choose from, and today we're going to look at some of the better examples.
Our summary includes products from Asrock, Asus, DFI, ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI. We have a total of 7 motherboards priced between $ 120 and $ 250. So there should be something for everyone.
The motherboards are subjected to the usual tests while we check the built-in functions and compare their overclocking capabilities side by side.