Intel Core i5-760 and ECS P55H-AK Review
Intel Core i5-760 Processor
Intel are well known for being a company who continually push the industry forward by releasing new revisions of their CPUs into the market on a regular basis. Sometimes it is to combat a competitive model from AMD, on other occasions it is just to refresh the product stack and bring a new core revision to consumers. The Core i7 940, 950 and 960 are good examples of this. The 940 released in November 2008 was replaced at the $560 price point 6 months later by the 950 and then another 5 months after that the 960 hit the shelves at the same level.
There is one CPU however which has remained at its price point without a refresh for some time now. That CPU is the Core i5-750 originally released in September 2009 it was long due a refresh and just a few weeks ago Intel made that move, releasing the Core i5-760. Today we have that very CPU on our test bench to find out how it compares with the older model and the direct competition from AMD at $200, the 1055T.
Sometimes in the world of hardware journalism happy coincidences occur. Just as we were planning out this i5-760 review and wondering what board would be used as the basis for our test system a package from ECS landed on our doorstep. It contained the P55H-AK, a high end Socket 1156 board which is packed with features (including enough extra components to require an additional PCIe controller!) and that mixed with their claims of excellent overclocking potential meant we had an ideal pairing for this article…