EVGA has a reputation for high-end motherboards and GPUs; we all know this. The FTW series is also known for performance and speed. But our experience with the P55 FTW was not what we thought it should have been. At stock speeds we did not see great performance. Even when we overclocked the board we did not get amazing results.
We had an impression in our minds that the P55 FTW was going to give us great clock speeds and top end scores. Unfortunately we never saw that. We instead saw performance that was at the bottom end of the testing group at stock speeds and only in the middle with our lower than expected OC. This is not to say the board is crap, it is still a nice looking board and has a ton of options to tweak performance; we are just not seeing those make a difference in our testing.
Even gaming was something of a letdown as we only saw the P55 FTW win on our DX9 game. I would have thought that an EVGA board of this caliber would have behaved a little stronger than what we saw here today. With a $184.99 price tag at Newegg.com it is one of the least expensive "enthusiast" boards we have found. Still, I suppose like the older DFI boards, if you have time to tinker and adjust each and every setting you could get a much higher clock than we did here and possibly much better performance numbers.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Box and What's Inside]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Comments]
- Page 6 [Synthetic Tests - Part I]
- Page 7 [Synthetic Tests - Part II]
- Page 8 [Synthetic Tests - Part III]
- Page 9 [Real-World Tests - Part I]
- Page 10 [Real-World Tests Part II]
- Page 11 [Power Usage and Heat Tests]
- Page 12 [Final Thoughts]