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The Budget P55 - Jetway Kuroshio BI-700

By Vincent Chang - 7 Feb 2010

BIOS Settings & Test Setup

BIOS Settings

Jetway went with an AMI BIOS that may look quite familiar to those who have used this brand of BIOS before. Enthusiasts with a perchance for tweaking will find the relevant settings under Miscellaneous Settings and some of the more important ones are listed below. Users can also save their BIOS profiles internally for incremental tweaking, a feature that's found on many enthusiast-oriented boards.

  • Base Clock: 133 to 500MHz
  • CPU Ratio: 9 to 22x
  • Memory Ratio: Auto, 800, 1066, 1333, 1600MHz
  • CPU Voltage: +50mV to +350mV (+50mV steps)
  • Memory Voltage: 1.538 to 3.254V (in 0.025V steps)
  • CPU VTT: 1.122 to 2.226V (in 0.017V steps)
  • PCH Voltage: 1.079 to 2.141V (in 0.016V steps)

When it came to the actual overclocking, we had limited success with this Jetway board compared to its peers. Our best base clock frequency was 170MHz, when the average Intel P55 board we tested could reach at least 200MHz.

Test Setup

We have built up quite a decent review list of Intel P55 motherboards and with an identical Windows 7 based test system, we are using these results as comparisons for this Jetway motherboard. There are some variations in memory timings, due to incompatibility, which resulted in the various different memory configurations below:

  • Intel Core i7-870 (@2.93GHz, Intel Turbo Boost, HyperThreading enabled)
  • 2 x 1GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 (@1333, 7-7-7-21) for the DFI LANParty DK P55-T3eH9
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 @ 7-7-20 CAS 7.0 for the ASUS, Jetway MSI & Gigabyte boards.
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 @ 8-8-24 CAS 8.0 for the ECS P55H-A
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 200GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB with ForceWare 190.38 drivers
  • Intel INF 9.1.0.1007 and Intel Matrix Storage manager 8.6.0.1007 driver set
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

The following benchmarks were used to determine the performance of the P55 motherboards:

  • BAPco SYSmark 2007 (with Patch 3)
  • Futuremark PCMark05 (ver 120)
  • SPECviewperf 9.0
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • AquaMark3
  • Far Cry 2
7.5
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7
  • Value 8
The Good
Inexpensive and performs up to expectations
The Bad
Limited tweaking options in BIOS and mediocre overclocking