Intel DP55KG / Core i5 750 / Core i7 870

..:: Intel DP55KG “Kingsberg” Motherboard ::..


How sweet it is. Here we have Intel’s top of the line foray into the P55 motherboard world, the DP55KG, also known as “Kingsberg”. The P55 chipset could be a savior to many in that it brings the Core i7 and Core i5 processors into the realm of the average enthusiasts. Over the last few years motherboard prices have certainly crept up and up, especially on the high end products, leaving many out of the world of high performance computing merely due to the excessive costs. I still remember the days of buying a high end overclocking board in the mid $100 USD range. Are those days returning to us? Well, today we take our first glimpse at what could be a rekindling of this lower cost, performance love we have so long sought. Let’s see what the DP55KG has to offer us, and then take an in depth look at the board layout itself.

Processor

  • Intel Core i5-700 Series / i7-800 Series Processors
  • LGA 1156 Socket

Chipset

  • Intel P55 Express Chipset

Memory

  • Supports a Maximum of 16GB
  • Dual or Single Channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066
  • 4 DIMMs, 4GB Maximum Per Channel

Graphics

  • PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (Primary)
  • PCI-Express 2.0 x8 (Secondary)
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI and ATI Crossfire

Audio

  • Intel HDA 7.1+2 Audio
  • Realtek ALC889 Codec

Expandability / Onboard Features

  • PCI-Express (x16, x8, x4, x1, x1)
  • Two PCI 2.2 Slots
  • Thirteen USB 2.0 ports
  • Integrated Bluetooth Module
  • Eight SATA 3.0 Gb/s
  • IEEE 1394a
  • Optional Intel Pro/1000 (Gigabit) Integrated LAN
  • Marvell RAID
  • Intel PRO 10/100/1000 Onboard LAN