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Old September 8, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Default Test Bed :: All kinds of crap is getting tossed into this salad

I ended up being quit messy with the video cards used just due to the nature of the benchmarks I was testing. I will keep the results broken up into the various GPU's used to keep it straight, and then have a 2D section for all non-3D benchmarks. I was definitely far from methodical with this testing as I have a lot of setups on the go right now so it was just a matter of whatever wasn't busy made it into the P55-UD4P.

Here is a complete list of hardware used...

Hardware used:
MB:          Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P (BIOS F3 mostly, Some F4M)
CPU:         Intel i5 750 ES (918B255)
CPU Cooling: Chilly 1 single stage (-35C'ish) // k|ngp| F1 EE
GPU:         2 x MSI R4890 Cyclone OC // Gigabyte GTX 260 OC // EVGA GTX 295
PCH Cooling: Stock
PWM Cooling: Stock
PSU:         Corsair HX1000W
HD:          Seagate SATAII 80GB 8MB NCQ
OS:          Windows XP Pro SP3 - hopped up on 32M tweaks // Vista Ultimate

Ambient Temperature: 22-23C
Now I will show some photos of each GPU setup with any notes on installation.

Gigabyte GTX 260 OC
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There really is nothing to note with this setup as it is fairly straight forward. The one item of contention I have is the release clip which is an absolute PITA to get at with the card installed and the tight proximity of that southern MOSFET heat sink. I just knew that thing would be a hassle. It obviously isn't a deal breaker type of thing for a 24/7 user as you shouldn't be shuffling hardware much but still an annoyance none the less.

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Much like the GTX 260, the GTX 295 obviously has no issues wedging its big ass into the P55-UD4P's top slot. In the second photo I snuck the 260 in the bottom slot to show that reference GT200 cards have no problems co-existing in this board. The spacing is quite nice. Again, however, the release clip on the top slot is a royal pain to get at.

2 x MSI R4890 Cyclone OC
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The two MSI R4890 Cyclones pose no threat to the P55-UD4P. The extra space between the two PCI-E 16X slots provide all the breathing room necessary for these cards to not only fit, but run cool as a cucumber. I think that is going to wrap up the boring portion of today's entertainment, time to get to some results. As mentioned, I wasn't really interested in air cooling results so I start with barely sub-zero and my tired Chilly1 single stage unit running at -35C or warmer...usually warmer.
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