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by Rob Williams on January 3, 2010 in Intel Processors

To help kick 2010 off right, Intel has filled out the rest of its current-gen processor line-up with the help of Westmere. We’re taking a look at the desktop variant here, which brings a lot to the table compared to the previous generation. For those who’ve been holding out for that next affordable PC upgrade, the wait has been worth it.

Intel's DH55TC - BIOS

I have mentioned many times in the past, most recently in our DP55WG review, that I’m not entirely a fan of Intel’s BIOSes. All of the issues I have with them have to do with clunkiness, which rears its ugly head in various ways. For one, switching from one top menu to another actually redraws the screen. It’s not a quick transition like on most other boards. Second, the overclocking options are totally lacking, and the DH55TC takes that to a new level.

I won’t explain everything about the BIOS here, because the pictures do a good job of making less work for me in that regard. All of the importnat options are here, but interestingly enough, the overclocking options are highly limited. You can adjust the BCLK and CPU voltage, but not much else. Want to tighten your memory timings? You can’t. No joke. With my DDR3-1333 kit, I was forced to use 9-9-9 timings, rather than the 7-7-7 timings the kit is capable of.

It’s for this reason that I opted to perform all testing not on this board, but rather ASUS’ P7H55D-M EVO, which I take a look at on the following page. That board is much more open when it comes to flexibility, so it made more sense to use it for testing. Chances are also good that it will be a more popular choice than the DH55TC, for reasons I discussed here.